Film

Diversity Roundtable

Breaking barriers: Diversity needs ‘margin for failure’

In part two of Playback‘s roundtable, execs talk international biases against diverse casting, the need for a higher risk tolerance and the growing demand for representation.

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A safer workplace manifesto

The industry has a problem. It’s time to address it. Here’s how we can start.

Diversity Roundtable

Breaking barriers: The ‘risk’ of diversity

When it comes to reaching a growing audience that’s chronically under-represented on screen, the real risk is being averse to change. Execs sound off in Playback‘s roundtable.

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Photo gallery: DOC Institute Honours 2017

The documentary organization feted the year’s best filmmakers and projects at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel.

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LevelFilm picks up Prodigals

The third feature from director Michelle Ouellet will get a spring 2018 theatrical release in Canada.

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Pinewood ramps up expansion plans in Toronto’s Port Lands

As well as unveiling a 27,500-square-foot, $6-million facility, the studio intends to add a further 66,000 square feet of sound stages in 2019.

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Les Films Seville’s sequel successes

A pair of police comedies helped Playback’s Distributor of the Year thrive in an increasingly challenging exhibition market.

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Hot Sheet: Top 10 films Dec. 1 to 7, 2017

Junior Majeur is at #9, with Coco at #1 and Justice League at #2.

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Hot Sheet: Top 5 Canadian films Dec. 1 to 7, 2017

Junior Majeur is at #1, followed by The Man Who Invented Christmas at #2 and Pieds nus dans l’aube at #3.

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Breakthrough grabs worldwide rights to Manson doc

Produced by Calgary’s Pyramid Productions, Charles Manson: The Final Words recently premiered on Reelz Channel in the U.S.

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Awards roundup: TFCA unveils best Canadian feature finalists

Plus: The Breadwinner, Alberta-shot Fargo and The Handmaid’s Tale nab Golden Globe nominations.

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City of Toronto to purchase Showline Studios

The City is stepping in to maintain the filming complex after Canada Post acquired the facilities to turn them into parcel distribution centres.