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Canadian actor Ellen Page is coming to the Toronto International Film Festival this September — but we won’t necessarily see her on the big screen. Page is moving behind the camera to co-direct her first feature film, a documentary that looks at a major environmental issue affecting her home town of Halifax.
There’s Something In The Water sees Page team up with co-director Ian Daniel and writer/activist Ingrid Waldron, a fellow Nova Scotian, to expose the potentially catastrophic damage that a proposed gas project could inflict on Halifax. Indigenous groups have been protesting the project for more than a year.
I am pleased to announce that the film I collaborated on with Ellen Page and Ian Daniel based on my book "There's Something in the Water" will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September https://t.co/BIG4HK9XRg
— Ingrid Waldron (@iwaldron2165) July 31, 2019
“This project is a massive risk to the Shubenacadie River,” wrote Page in a tweet last December. “ Alton Gas will be releasing 10 million litres of brine into the river each day. Mi’kmaq and non-Indigenous allies are actively opposing the completion of the project, and they need our support.”
Page isn’t the only big name attached to the lineup of Canadian films announced today by the Festival: director Atom Egoyan’s latest, Guest of Honour, will get its North American premiere at TIFF and legendary Indigenous filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin will debut her doc, Jordan River Anderson. As for onscreen stars, TIFF movie fans will get to see Heather Graham, Felicity Huffman, Clive Owen, Imogen Poots, and director-turned-actor David Cronenberg, who appears in the thriller Clifton Hill from fellow Canadian director Albert Shin.
TIFF kicks off this September 5th and runs until the 15th.