TIFF: Lionsgate/Roadside grabs ‘Conspirator,’ Hawkins belle of the ball, Black’s melodramatic upbringing

Posted by · 10:26 am · September 15th, 2010

It seems Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator” has become the first significant sell of Toronto (a few things have been picked up here and there already).  Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions (which is really stepping it up this year) have nailed down the domestic rights, but go ahead and strike the film from your longlists.  It won’t be released until the spring, Deadline’s Mike Fleming reports.

Meanwhile, Patrick Goldstein sat down with Sally Hawkins, who has three films at the festival in “Never Let Me Go,” “Submarine” and “Made in Dagenham.” Andrea Riseborough is in two of those films (as well as “Brighton Rock”) and has been getting similar notices, but it’s Hawkins who could really make a dent on the season.

In his piece, Goldstein offers that for him, “what makes [‘Made in Dagenham’] work so well is that it doesn’t treat its story as a weighty political screed.”

Sticking with interviews, Movieline caught up with Dustin Lance Black, who brought the melodrama “What’s Wrong with Virginia” to the fest.  Says Black, “The way I grew up was extreme. Not only were we in Texas in this Mormon enclave, but you throw in the military, and all the archetypes are blown up. Everything’s bigger in Texas — that is true. So I said, ‘Well, why not?’ The truth is that it’s probably closer to my subjective reality of it than if I’d just made it a straight drama. Things  were incredibly funny. Things were childlike and naïve and colorful.”

Back to acquisitions, it seems The Weinstein Company won a bidding war for the aforementioned “Submarine.” I’ve been hearing lots of great things about that one so I imagine we’ll all be hearing more in the near future.  Meanwhile, Twitter was abuzz last night with positive notices for James Wan’s “Poltergeist”-ish effort “Insidious.” Sony has nailed down the rights.  And finally, Anchor Bay Films has picked up Shawn Ku’s “Beautiful Boy” for English-speaking territories.

Bruce Springsteen also took over the town Tuesday, but I’ll get to that in a separate post.  More as it comes…

[Photo: Los Angeles Times]

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  • 1 9-15-2010 at 11:23 am

    Drew said...

    Oooh melodrama I’m intrigued.

  • 2 9-15-2010 at 12:05 pm

    Mark Kratina said...

    Bummed that it sounds like we will have to wait until Spring for The Conspirator. I’m scratching my head a bit at the passage in the link where the writer states the Oscar race is full of players for 2010, so perhaps it is better to wait until next Spring.


    How many Spring releases are even taken seriously, much less found their way into an Osacr race?

  • 3 9-15-2010 at 12:06 pm

    Brady said...

    Any word on RABBIT HOLE being picked up yet? I assume we’re probably looking for a 2011 release on that one too?

  • 4 9-15-2010 at 12:06 pm

    Jim T said...

    I was afraid to say something since ‘Made in Dagenham’ seems like a film whose story everyone must love or something, but I’ll go ahead and say it.

    This movie seems to depict women as smart and capable of anyhting (they even say it themselves) and men as stupid and pigs. I mean, make a movie to show how men were used to some unjust ideas because they (and people usually do the same) had no reason to question them until something made them, and to show how women (like many other groups of poeple throughout history) decided to unite so as to claim what they thought was their right.

    Why make a movie to make people who 1)are women or 2)want to feel good about themselves, go all “you tell’em girls”?

    It seems like it’s a not-totally-silly and not-bloody revenge movie.

    I hope I’m wrong, obviously but everything I have seen so far indicates that that is how I’ll react.

  • 5 9-15-2010 at 12:12 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Not all men, Jim. Hoskins’s character inspires O’Grady to push through, after all. It’s more balanced than you think. Watch the film, then make a judgment like that.

  • 6 9-15-2010 at 12:12 pm

    Daniel said...

    I want to get on top of Sally Hawkins. Great pic.

  • 7 9-15-2010 at 12:38 pm

    Jim T said...

    Kris, i was trying to make it totally clear that I was just judging what I knew of the film and not the film itslef.
    Anyway, I’m glad you thought it’s more balanced but I don’t necessarily think that one exception is enough.
    I’ll wait and see for myself ;)

  • 8 9-15-2010 at 12:43 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    It’s not just the one “exception.” I’m not going to sit here and spell out the dynamics of the script. It’s not handled in a “man-hating” way but in a very honest and truthful way, I think.

  • 9 9-15-2010 at 12:58 pm

    Jim T said...

    That’s how I’d like it to be. I hope I’ll see it the same way. :)

  • 10 9-15-2010 at 9:14 pm

    Daveylow said...

    Submarine is a very funny debut film with influences from Godard, Truffaut and Wes Anderson. The cast is wonderful and the director uses color well as part of the production design.

  • 11 9-15-2010 at 9:19 pm

    Daveylow said...

    I was disappointed by Made in Dagenham. The story it tells is a good one but I thought the direction was too conventional and I was never surprised once at any moment in the film. The film could have been made for TV.

  • 12 9-16-2010 at 4:27 am

    Glenn said...

    Brady, apparently Lionsgate are at the front of the queue for “Rabbit Hole” so who knows…

    “Insidious” is said to be getting a release of 800 cinemas, which I found odd. I mean, it’s not very often you read that sorta news when a movie gets picked up at a fest. Very specific and what a strange number.

  • 13 9-16-2010 at 9:09 am

    kevin said...

    It is still such a travesty Sally Hawkins was not nominated for ” Happy Go-Lucky”. I believe she won the most critics awards for Best Actress of 2008. She is offbeat and not a classic beauty- but she is an incredible character actress. I wish her continued success.

  • 14 9-16-2010 at 9:50 pm

    Glenn said...

    Her teeth a too good to accurately portray a woman in 1960s working class England, but I’m looking forward to this.

  • 15 12-02-2010 at 8:27 am

    JFK said...

    Kris, I saw a screening of Submarine last night and was blown away. Though it doesn’t come out until next year, it is my favorite film I’ve seen in 2010.

    Here is a short description from my experience:

    “It’s about an adolescent who finds his first love in his formative years, but the relationship suffers due to their respective family dramas. The film successfully weaves together a strong, narrative of the realities of relationships and how we are affected by them.”