Some of our favourite actors are proving they’re just as talented behind the camera as they are in front of it!
Hollywood is bursting with multi-hyphenates, and this year, many of the biggest titles at the festival are directed by Hollywood leads, including Paul Dano, Jonah Hill, Joel Edgerton, Emilio Estevez and Bradley Cooper who wrote, directed and held a leading role in A Star is Born.
Here are the top titles directed by actors at this year’s festival:
Directed by: Joel Edgerton
Tonight, Edgerton’s second directorial effort, Boy Erased premieres at the festival. The film, an adaptation of a memoir by Garrard Conley, tells the story of the young boy sent to a gay-conversion program by his religious parents. The emotional drama has already received rave reviews from the Telluride Film Festival, and it’s bound to be one of the most moving and relevant films at TIFF. The film hits theatres on November 2nd.
Directed by: Bradley Cooper
One of our all-time favourite actors is officially the buzziest name at the festival, thanks to his hot ticket remake of A Star is Born. For his directorial debut, Cooper re-envisions the timeless story of an alcoholic musician who helps a struggling young singer find fame, and the tumultuous romance that unfolds between them. Lady Gaga co-stars in her first major film role, and both Cooper and Gaga are receiving Oscar hype for their performances. The film hits theatres on October 5th.
Directed by: Jonah Hill
Who could have predicted that the star of Superbad would go on to become one of our greatest dramatic actors and such a promising filmmaker? Hill’s directorial debut mid90s follows a neglected thirteen-year-old boy who joins a group of skateboarders in the nineties and learns a ton of important life lessons from his new crew. The film had its world premiere at TIFF and is already being hailed as a masterpiece.
Directed by: Emilio Estevez
While his career as an actor has centred around light-hearted projects, as a director, Emilio Estevez tackles heavy-hitting political, spiritual and social topics. His latest film, The Public, gives us an inside look at the public library system, and the homeless, mentally ill and marginalized patrons who take shelter one night during an arctic blast. Early reports claim the film portrays an accurate depiction of a very underrepresented issue.
Directed by: Paul Dano
Paul Dano teamed up with his real-life partner Zoe Kazan to co-write the 1960s drama, Wildlife that he also directed. One of highlights of the festival, the film stars Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal as a couple whose marriage is falling apart, as seen from the perspective of their teenage son.
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