Brave Films Wild Nights: 25 Years of Festival Fever Paperback – Aug 11 2000
No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
From the fact that some movie previews manage, in 120 seconds, to give away every plot twist and punchline in a picture running 120 minutes, one can reasonably conclude that encapsulation isnt easy. Praise Godard, the job of chronicling the first quarter-century of the Toronto International Film Festival has fallen to Brian D. Johnson, senior writer for Macleans, and--for three years in the 1980s--festival film-canister courier. In Brave Films Wild Nights, Johnson delivers again, boiling 25 years of cinematic celebration down to 336 addictive pages laden with interviews, gossip, and solid reportage. Charting the festivals birth, through the efforts in Cannes of a pair of Canadian movie-mogul wannabes, Brave Films spans its history from the early tax shelter days to the later criticism of Hollywood influence, introducing the festival folk who took the hits, and the artists who made them. Whether theyre about screening Highway 61 or scoring hashish for Peter OToole, stories abound in Johnsons breezy copy, highlighting the bruised ego (Bruce Beresford assuming that fellow director Atom Egoyan was his chauffeur) and the outrageous personality (movie rights werent the only thing picked up when programmer David Overbey went trolling on the beach at Cannes). When the Toronto Sun called the pandemoniac 1989 premiere of Michael Moores Roger and Me a riot, the American director was puzzled: where was the gunfire and arson? In fact, bullets and pyromania are about the only things missing from Brian D. Johnsons otherwise riotous Brave Films, Wild Nights. --Tony Mason
About the Author
Based in Toronto, Brian D. Johnson is the film critic and senior entertainment writer at Maclean's. He has written for magazines ranging from Saturday Night to Rolling Stone and appears weekly on television to talk about film. His published books include several works of non-fiction, a volume of poetry and a novel, Volcano Days.