Today was the first day of TIFF.
Happy 40th birthday to TIFF!
King Street is closed between University and Spadina for a few days so I thought I’d wander through the TIFF party to see what was happening. I played ‘follow the crowd’.
below: Who are we looking for? I wasn’t sure, but hey, why not wait and see?
below: Widmer Street was closed to traffic
…. except for a few black Cadillac Escalades.
below: I’m not sure who he was but he seems to be taking pictures of the crowd
(or is he taking a selfie?)
below: Sean Bean (aka Ned Stark in Game of Thrones – thanks to the woman beside me who knew who he was) in the burgundy coloured vest. As it turns out, the movie ‘The Martian’ had just finished playing at the TIFF Lightbox and many of the cast members had been in attendance.
below: I think it’s Danny Glover; I could be wrong
below: Jessica Chastain, also in ‘The Martian’ worked the crowd. She was generous and let many people take selfies with her. Not in the picture, the three security guards who stayed close to her the whole time. Also not in the picture, any selfie with me!
Once Jessica passed by me, I moved away from the crowd and headed back along King Street.
I didn’t far when I spotted another, smaller, crowd.
below: Can’t be a badass security guy with a shaved head and dark glasses!
I struck up a conversation with one of the Escalade drivers. He told me that Matt Damon was due to come out in about 20 minutes after some sort of press event. That’s when I clued in to the fact that the people who got into the big black SUVs two blocks back had only been chauffeured to this place! Since I missed Matt Damon the first time around, I decided to stay. Besides, the crowd was friendly and chatty and I was having a good time.
below: Sebastien Stan walks to a car after signing a few autographs. When he first came out the door, there were a few, “Who’s that?”. The answers were almost all, “Captain America”.
below: Naomi Watt made an appearance too.
Hey, she’s not in “The Martian”, but I didn’t know that at the time!
Okay, okay, you all just want to know if Matt Damon let me take his picture.
below: One burly security guard stepped in front of me and almost destroyed the moment.
Note the shaved head. No sunglasses though.
Apparently George Clooney, Sandra Bullock and Helen Mirren, were at TIFF today.
I missed them; they’ll have to wait until next time.