The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival was the place to be this past weekend for folks in the film industry, and plenty of British stars were in attendance to promote their new movies. Check out a few of those who were there.
Below are just a few of the UK’s top talent, shown under their respective upcoming films, who visited The Variety Studio Presented by Moroccanoil at Holt Renfrew during this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
The winner of the Queer Palm Award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Pride is based on the true story of how a group of LGBT activists in London, whose offer to help miners’ families during the 1984 UK miners’ strike was rebuffed by the labor union, brought donations directly to, and ended up forming bonds with, members of a small mining village in Wales.
(L) Bill Nighy and Andrew Scott (R) Bill Nighy (Photos courtesy of WireImage)
Written by Stephen Beresford (The Last Chancers) and directed by Matthew Warchus (Simpatico), Pride stars Bill Nighy (The Worricker Trilogy), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Dominic West (The Hour), Paddy Considine (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher), Imelda Staunton (Maleficent), Liz White (Life on Mars), Ben Schnetzer (The Book Thief), Faye Marsay (The White Queen), and Jessica Gunning (Law & Order: UK).
Pride opens in UK cinemas on Friday, 12 September 2014, and in US cinemas on Friday, 19 September 2014.
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
The Theory of Everything is a biopic inspired by the memoir, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, written by Jane Hawking, the first wife of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. The film focuses on the couple’s days at Cambridge University, where they met shortly before he was diagnosed with the debilitating Motor Neurone Disease.
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones (Photos courtesy of WireImage)
Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire) directed the film written and produced by Anthony McCarten (Death of a Superhero), and Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables) and Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) star as Stephen and Jane Hawking. The supporting cast includes Emily Watson (The Politician’s Husband), David Thewlis (War Horse), Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire), Maxine Peake (The Village), and Simon McBurney (Rev.).
The Theory of Everything opens in cinemas in the US on Friday, 7 November 2014, and in the UK on Friday, 2 January 2015.
THE IMITATION GAME
Based on Alan Turing: The Enigma by author Alan Hodges, the biopic The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Alan Turing — the British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist who was instrumental in cracking the Enigma Code and helping the Allies defeat Nazi Germany in World War II — a genius of a man prosecuted in the UK for being gay in 1952, when homosexuality was illegal.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Allen Leech (Photos courtesy of WireImage)
Graham Moore (The Waiting Room) executive produced and wrote the screenplay for The Imitation Game, and BAFTA Film Award nominee Morten Tyldum (Hodejegerne) directed. In addition to Cumberbatch, the cast is a who’s who of British talent, including Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina), Matthew Goode (Death Comes to Pemberley), Mark Strong (Low Winter Sun), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Allen Leech (Downton Abbey), Tuppence Middleton (Spies of Warsaw), Rory Kinnear (Southcliffe), Steven Waddington (The Syndicate), and Tom Goodman-Hill (Mr. Selfridge).
The Imitation Game opens in UK cinemas on Friday, 14 November 2014, and in US cinemas a week later, on Friday, 21 November 2014.