Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Free Advance Screening of Shame

The University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Student Union and Alliance Films are joining together to present a free advance screening of Shame, starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan.

It is directed and co-written by British director Steve McQueen who previously worked with Fassbender on Hunger, which was my favourite movie of 2008. The other co-writer is Abi Morgan who also wrote The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep as margaret Thatcher. It is produced by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman who produced last year's Best Picture Oscar-winner The King's Speech with Gareth Unwin.

Shame explores a man's sex-addiction and his complicated relationship with his sister. Exceptional and artful, it has moments of sexuality and male nudity which have led the ever-prudish Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to give it its harshest rating, NC-17. The studio Fox Searchlight have wisely decided against cutting it to receive an R-rating and instead will release it in its original form and embrace the rating.

Fox Searchlight president Steve Gilula said, "I think NC-17 is a badge of honor, not a scarlet letter. We believe it is time for the rating to become usable in a serious manner. The sheer talent of the actors and the vision of the filmmaker are extraordinary. It's not a film that everyone will take easily, but it certainly breaks through the clutter and is distinctive and original. It's a game changer."

The screening is free and open to all. You do not need to be a student or attend the University of Toronto. Preference to attend the screening will go to pass-holders. To pick up a pass, go to Innis College, 2 Sussex Ave., Rm. 107 beside the Cafe. The hours are daily from 12-4pm.

For those who don't manage to get a pass, there will be a rush line-up on the night of the screening. Just make sure you join the rush line and not the ticket-holders line. 

The screening will take place at Innis Town Hall next week on Thursday, December 1 at 9pm. Innis Town Hall is located at 2 Sussex Ave., one block south of St. George and Bloor St. W.



Free Advance Screening: SHAME

Thursday, December 1, 2011
9:00pm until 12:00am

CINSSU and Alliance Films present a special advance screening of SHAME, followed by a special panel discussion.

Passes are available starting this week, from 12-4 in Room 107, Innis College, 2 Sussex Ave, Toronto.

Seating is limited and not guaranteed. Passholders will be admitted first. Each pass admits two people. Non-passholders will have to wait in the rush line. Please arrive early.

DISCLAIMER: RSVP-ING TO THE FACEBOOK GROUP DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOU ENTRY TO THE SCREENING. Please arrive early as the screening starts promptly at 9:00pm.


Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction to sex. When his wayward younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment stirring memories of their shared painful past, Brandon's insular life spirals out of control.

The film opens in Toronto on Friday, December 2nd.

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