During a special press conference at the Hockey Hall of Fame last week, TIFF CEO and director Piers Handling and co-director Cameron Bailey announced that Michael McGowan‘s Score: A Hockey Musical will make its world premier as the opening night gala film for this year’s 35th annual festival.
The film stars newcomer Noah Reid as the very sheltered Farley, a teenager with an uncommon ability on the ice who finds himself propelled to overnight stardom when he’s discovered at the local rink. For his hippy-dippy parents, it’s almost a nightmare though, and Farley has to learn the rules of the ice if he really wants to stay in the limelight.
Score: A Hockey Musical co-stars Allie MacDonald as Farley’s best friend, and potential love interest, while Olivia Newton-John and singer/songwriter Marc Jordan play Farley’s unique parents. The film also stars Stephen McHattie, John Pyper-Ferguson, Brandon Firla, and features cameos by the likes of Nelly Furtado, George Stroumboulopoulos, Hawksley Workman, John McDermott, Evan Solomon, Steve Kouleas, Walter Gretzky, and Theo Fleury.
The film includes a total of 19 original songs by McGowan, performed by the Barenaked Ladies, Amy Sky and Marc Jordan, Olivia Newton-John, and Hawksley Workman, who also contributed to five of the tracks.
For McGowan, who both wrote and directed the musical comedy, this marks his third film to premier at TIFF; he previously debuted One Week at TIFF in 2008, and Saint Ralph in 2004.
This year’s festival also comes with a small gift for film fans since the event has been extended by one day, running a total of eleven days from September 9th to 19th.
For more information, stay tuned to The GATE, and head over to tiff.net/thefestival for tickets, or call 1-877-968-FILM.