Toronto fest fetes King

Film Circuit to tour selection of Canuck films in U.K.

TORONTO — Cinema verite pioneer Allan King will be the subject of a Canadian Retrospective at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, which unspools Sept. 5-14.

In 1956 King released “Skidrow,” about the homeless men of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. He went on to make what he called “actuality dramas,” which blurred the line between fiction and documentary filmmaking, starting with “Warrendale” (1967), about the residents at an experimental school for emotionally disturbed teens. Deemed too controversial for television, “Warrendale” went on to share the Intl. Critics Prize at Cannes.

Also on the slate will be King’s “A Married Couple” (1970), his adaptation of W.O. Mitchell’s “Who Has Seen the Wind?” (1977) and “Who’s in Charge?” (1983), in which 30 unemployed Canadians discuss their plight. The retrospective also will feature his most recent work, 1999’s “The Dragon’s Egg,” an exploration of ethnic conflict.

Canuck pix on tour

The Film Circuit, one of the Toronto Intl. Film Festival Group’s lesser-known programs, is touring a selection of Canuck films, titled “The Idea of North,” around the U.K.

Organized with Edinburgh Filmhouse and Edinburgh Intl, Film Fest, “The Idea of North” offers 16 features and six short films from Canada that will receive more than 370 screenings in Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales through July 30.