Today's Globe and Mail quotes TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey stating: “In advance of making this announcement (re: this year's opening Gala) this morning, I was on Twitter and Facebook asking people, ‘Should we open with a Canadian film or not?’ And the response that I got was overwhelmingly, ‘Yes, Canadian’". So there you have it, Score: A Hockey Musical will be the opening Gala at this year's TIFF which commences September 9, 2010.
Other than Tim Horton's or Maple Syrup, there is nothing more Canadian than Hockey. The film, shot in and around Toronto, is a coming-of-age tale starring Olivia Newton-John and Nelly Furtado, as well as boasting a litany of cameo appearances from Canadian notables. It should be horrible by the sounds of it, but this is where Canadian Film is at, as still we are struggling to carve our national identity cinematically. Score: A Hockey Musical will be distributed by Mongrel Media and opens on my Birthday, October 22, 2010.