Insecurity isn’t a virtue

The Canadian media collectively wets its pants about the Canadian International Film Festival not picking a Canadian film to headline its opening night.

No Cancon on TIFF’s opening night
Gayle MacDonald.  Globe and Mail, July 15th, 2009.

CanCon not on guest list for TIFF gala opener
Martin Knelman.  Toronto Star, July 15th, 2009.

British drama opens filmfest
Jane Stevenson.  Toronto Sun, July 15th, 2009.

Maybe the idea is to highlight the best film, and not just the best film possible from the nexus of suck that is Canadian storytelling.

I don’t get too hung up on the sometimes shoddier production values versus glitzier American product; I can forgive that.  It is the difference between a really good set designer and a really poor one.  Few of us would go to the theatre solely to check out the sets.  Likewise I am not drawn to a film or television show because of great Foley work.

What I can’t forgive is shoddy intellectual product.  Plotlines that are boring, unbelievable, or otherwise poorly crafted.  Characters that don’t act like actual human beings would, in a given situation.

You don’t need billions of dollars to sit down and write a really good story.  But you do need to have a really good idea first.

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