• Film,  Music

    Of Mommy and Girlhood

    Two of my favourite movies from last year are now being released in the US, and shortly in South Africa too. They happen to be somewhat linked by their titles, which follow on quite perfectly from each other if you’re a fan of wordplay, and you could say they both deal with identity and growing up, and so┬átheir subject matter is similar too. The style of each film is very different though, but they both use music, in fact at one point it becomes a focal moment of the film, to convey their own coming-of-age stories. I watched both Girlhood and Mommy at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Both…

  • Featured,  Film

    TIFF 2014 Kickoff: From Girlhood to Mommy

    The excitement of opening day was tempered by the news of Joan Rivers’ death. I, like many festival-goers, emerged from the a darkened cinema to discover that the 81-year old comedian and actress had died. The news came a week after she suffered cardiac arrest and had been in a serious condition in hospital in New York. As word spread through the festival, so too were memories shared of her acerbic wit and sharp tongue. May her feisty soul┬árest in peace. I consider Day 1 to be a success, as I managed to make it to all four of the films I had planned to see, as well as fit…