TIFF 2019 Announces First Line Up Details

The Toronto International Film Festival announced its first wave of movies set to be included in this year’s line-up.

Renee Zellweger’s Judy Garland Biopic and Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker origin story are among the prominent Oscar hopefuls included in this year’s typically sensational collection of films.

Other films in the initial line up include Taika Waititi’s black comedy Jojo Rabbit starring Scarlett Johansson and Tom Hanks Mr Rodgers biopic A Beautiful day In The Neighbourhood.

Just Mercy, Le Mans ’66, The Goldfinch, The Two Popes, Bad Education, Marriage Sotry, Uncut Gems, The personal History of David Copperfield and Meryl Streep drama The Laundromat also get high profile premiere’s at this year’s festival attracting awards buzz of their own.

Significantly this year more than half the gala presentations are director or co-directed by women. A landmark achievement proudly acknowledged by the festival’s artistic director Cameron Bailey.

This year’s TIFF festival runs from 5-15 September.

BAFTA TV Craft Awards Winners 2019

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the winners of tonight’s British Academy Television Craft Awards, celebrating the very best behind-the-scenes television talent in 2018. The ceremony was hosted by Stephen Mangan at The Brewery, City of London, where presenters included Priyanga Burford, Greg Davies, Mel Giedroyc, Alex Kingston, Malachi Kirby, Bruce Oldfield and Michael Palin.

A Very English Scandal, the drama mini-series based on the Jeremy Thorpe scandal, was successful in three BAFTA categories: Costume Design, Director: Fiction and Editing: Fiction.

Two programmes won two BAFTAs each. Spy drama Killing Eve, starring Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh, was successful in Original Music and Sound: FictionPatrick Melrosereceived the Production Design and Writer: Drama awards.

Following their success at last year’s ceremony, Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper won in Writer: Comedy for This Country.

BAFTA continues to shine a spotlight on the very best emerging talent in the industry with its Breakthrough Talent category, won this year by composer, producer and writer Akemnji Ndifornyen for Famalam.

The award for Entertainment Craft Team was presented to the BBC Studios team for Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, which paid tribute to the victims of war and conflict. The Director: Factual BAFTA was presented to Ben Anthony for Grenfell.

First-time winners included: Barbara Wiltshire in Director: Multi-Camera for Inside No 9 Live: Dead LineWill Gilbey in Editing: Factual for Bros: After the Screaming StopsLindsay McCrae in Photography: Factual for Dynasties: Emperor; and Woo-hyung Kimin Photography & Lighting: Fiction for The Little Drummer Girl.

The Make-Up & Hair Design BAFTA was presented to Vanity Fair. The award for Sound: Factual was won by Later Live…With Jools HollandSpecial, Visual & Graphic Effectswas won by TroyFall of a City, and, for Titles & Graphic Identity, the 2018 Winter Olympics ‘The Fearless are Here’ won the BAFTA.

Script supervisor Emma Thomas was presented with the BAFTA Special Award for her outstanding contribution to the industry. Emma has acted as script supervisor on some of the most cherished television shows including Goodnight Sweetheart, Birds of a Feather, Benidorm, Bad Education, Luther and The Bill. Most recently, Emma was the script supervisor on Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle for BBC Four, a series of monologues that reveal the hopes, desires, achievements, shattered dreams and broken promises of a single fictionalised family over four generations. The award was presented by Greg Davies.