Matt Hays

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Toronto Documentary Forum flexes its muscle

At a mere nine years old, the Toronto Documentary Forum has an impressive track record and a hot lineup of participants once again.

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‘More of an artist than a star’

Actor in a leading role: George Clooney (Michael Clayton), Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood), Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), Tommy Lee Jones (In the Valley of Elah), Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises)

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Natali goes back to the future with Splice

The spectre of genetic experimentation forms the crux of Vincenzo Natali’s new film Splice, currently shooting in Toronto.

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Post delays meant drama for Arcand’s Days of Darkness

Oscar-winning producer Denise Robert tells new filmmakers to schedule plenty of time for post-production – advice she wishes she’d taken herself when scheduling Days of Darkness.

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Mentor and producer Gulkin bows out

Harry Gulkin was understandably reflective as he faced retirement from his position at SODEC, the Quebec government’s film-funding body.

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Mentor and producer Gulkin bows out

Harry Gulkin made his mark as a producer of hit films, and then spent the next 20 years helping to develop young talent at SODEC

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Online smash to launch in English

It’s been one of the strangest and most meteoric success stories of the past year, and now, Les têtes à claques, the Quebec Web-based puppet comedy show, is getting set to launch in English in the new year.

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Natali goes back to the future with Splice

‘This is the film I’ve been planning to do ever since Cube,’ says the director, partway through the Toronto shoot of his $27-million CG horror show

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The professionally ambidextrous Christian Larouche

When hearing the story of how Christian Larouche joined the film business, it’s impossible not to think of the words ‘humble beginnings.’

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Quebec’s AQTIS, IATSE ready to sign deal

A written agreement should be in place between Quebec’s AQTIS and IATSE by Christmas, according to Quebec film commissioner Hans Fraikin, who says the former rivals are now getting along ‘famously.’

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Bombay team turns to Africa

Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal of Bombay Calling are again looking overseas, this time to the booming film business in Africa for their NFB copro Nollywood Babylon

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Lévesque lives again

The turbulent times of one of Quebec’s most popular politicians will be brought to life, again, in René Lévesque II, a miniseries now shooting in Montreal and Quebec City for CBC/Radio-Canada.