Monday, September 12, 2011
Jewison inspires at annual CFC TIFF BBQ
CFC executive director Slawko Klymkiw was a gracious host as ever and love what he's done with the place, especially the newly-restored greenhouse (where future Canadian filmmakers are incubated from saplings).
There were plenty of writers, talent and showrunners from the Canadian TV scene roaming the lawns in the warm late summer sun. Ol' U of T classmate Peter Mohan is in command over on The Listener and already has six scripts in the hopper. His star Craig Olejnik is jazzed to start production on a third season this week and can't recall heading into a year with so many lines to memorize already.
The man himself, Gordon Pinsent, was there with radiant daughter Leah. He's sporting a 'stach for his upcoming Stephen Leacock CBC bio-pic. Pinsent says he will be back again this season on Republic of Doyle (oh yeah!) and also is off to a high peak in Mexico for some future film shenanigans.
Somehow missed running into my old pal Ray Bennett, in from London working the TIFF beat, but we had a meeting of the white beard society last week so I guess we're cool.
CBC faves The Midway State rocked the back lawn, where my old leaky Neon wasn't missed.