Author: Katie Elder

Beyond the Bechdel Test

They are seen in competition with each other. They are seen as catty and dramatic, or as vehicles for the other to discuss their love life. But so rarely do we get to see genuine friendship and support between women.

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Antique Fables Theatre Collective: A Diverse and Contemporary Look at Classic Texts

This past week, I met up with Liz Laywine—UofT theatre grad, co-founder of the Antique Fables Theatre Collective, and director and producer of the first show of their inaugural season, Medea. We discussed the process that she and her co-founder, Travis DeWolf, went through in forming the collective, as well as their goals to make theatre as diverse and accessible as possible. Liz and Travis decided to form the collective after they co-directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Trinity College’s “Shakespeare in the Quad” in 2014, and won the UofT Drama Coalition Awards that year for “Best Production” and “Best...

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TIFF Top Ten review: Les demons

With choices such as Andrew Cividino’s Sleeping Giant and Stephen Dunn’s Closet Monster, several of the films at this year’s Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival took audiences on a tour of the Canadian suburbs, highlighting the struggles of the children and adolescents growing up in them. Philippe Lesage’s Les démons was among this selection of Canada’s coming of age stories, illustrating nine-year-old Félix’s thoughts, relationships, and, most prominently, his fears while growing up in 1980s Montréal. Félix’s experiences are relatable to viewers and recognizable as common childhood encounters: Félix develops a crush on his physical education teacher, is doted...

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Digital Media Art+Cade and Indigenous Gaming Panel- imagineNATIVE Film Festival

A video created by the Canada Media Fund playing in the corner of the Digital Media Art+Cade lists statistics that help to spell out one clear message: Canadians are connected. On average, each Canadian spends 76 hours online every month. We as a country, Canada has a digital economy consisting of $22 billion, 16,000 media producers, and over 125,000 creative jobs. It is no secret that Canada is immersed in digital culture and art, constantly swiping through our tablets and smartphones and consuming hundreds of thousands of hours of film and video games. The Digital Media Art+Cade exhibit, as...

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TIFF Review – Phantom Boy

In the new film Phantom Boy, police officer Alex Tanguey is injured on the job during a run-in with an enigmatic villain whose colourful, fragmented features earn him the moniker “the Man with the Broken Face.” Recovering in the hospital with a broken leg, Alex meets Leo, a gentle and resourceful 11-year-old boy who suffers from a possibly-terminal illness. Leo’s illness grants him the unique ability to escape his body for short periods of time, leaving his body completely immobile—although still able to speak and listen to those around him—as he floats invisibly through the streets. When the police...

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