January 23, 2017

Toronto film fest opening with a hockey musical


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s appropriate that the Toronto International Film Festival — Canada’s biggest event of its kind and ground zero for Hollywood’s annual Oscar race — should begin with a hockey film. Better than that, a hockey musical.

“Score: A Hockey Musical,” directed by Canadian filmmaker Michael McGowan, will open the 35th annual Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 9. The homage to hockey, with 19 original songs, stars Olivia Newton-John and Nelly Furtado as a hockey zealot.

“I can’t think of a better way to kick off our 35th anniversary Festival than with Score: A Hockey Musical,” said Cameron Bailey, TIFF’s co-director. “It continues our tradition of launching the very best in Canadian filmmaking — although in 35 years this is our first musical romance about hockey. Plan for a fun night on September 9.”

The movie’s ensemble cast includes Allie MacDonald, Stephen McHattie and Dave Bidini of the rock band Rheostatics. McGowan brought the road movie “One Week” to TIFF in 2008, but this is the first time one of his films will launch the fest.

More films scheduled to play this year’s TIFF will be announced in the coming week. Toronto runs Sept. 9 – 19.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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