The Dead Lands
One of the most fascinating films Sarah discovered at the Toronto International Film Festival this year was The Dead Lands, a movie about the Maori martial art Mau Rakau.
She talked to director Tao Fraser as well as some of the cast members when they were in Toronto.
You can read about it by heading over to Fightland here.
Lover of robots and huggable beardo Dan Mangan is aiming for a bit of artistic reinvention.
The object of CBCer adoration recently worked on the soundtracks for Hector And The Search For Happiness and The Valley Below, and the billboards for his shows now list “Dan Mangan + Blacksmith” as opposed to “Dan Mangan” owing to the new band-centric nature of his music.
Mangan spoke to Sarah for Huffington Post Music Canada about this evolution when he was at the Toronto International Film Festival.
To read the interview go here.
Channing Tatum’s ear
If early reports are true, Foxcatcher may be the best (only?) film ever made about amateur wrestling.
One of the main reasons for this was the dedication of its two stars Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo to actually train for the movie.
They trained so hard, in fact, that they both developed cauliflower ear — the mark of a true wrestler.
Sarah talked to director Bennett Miller about this and more when he was in town promoting the film during TIFF.
To read her story at Fightland go here.
When the Toronto International Film Festival was on Sarah had the chance to speak with Mark Hartley, the man behind the documentary film, Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films.
If “Cannon Films” doesn’t ring a bell, the company’s imprint on pop culture certainly does. They’re the people who brought Chuck Norris, breakdancing movies, ninjas and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 to the masses a few decades ago.
To read her interview with Hartley for Fightland go here.
Classic rocker and film dabbler recently presented a director’s cut of his rather weird 1982 film Human Highway at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Young, who was in attendance for the premiere, told the audience at the screening about working with Devo for the film as well as a special behind the scenes role played by future star Kevin Costner. To read the story head over to Huffington Post Music Canada by going here.