Women Defy Odds and Demand Room at TIFF Table — Thelma Adams comments

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Fuck buzz. That’s how I feel addressing Toronto’s female-driven movies, whether directed by women or not. Because buzz reflects the 80 percent male gender bias, writing about film fails to connect meaningfully with the real audience that is—duh, ask your mothers—50 percent female. For me, the greatest metaphor for the plight of women film artists is Aisling Walsh’s Maudie, an intense wee biopic about the outsider artist Maud Lewis with an Oscar-ripe performance from the great empath Sally Hawkins. (“If it weren’t for Hawkins,” condescends Variety’s Peter Debruge, “there would be little to distinguish Maudie from the sort of 16mm filmstrip made for schoolchildren back in the day.” Wrong!) Read more>>

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Thelma Adams

THELMA ADAMS is a writer and leading New York based film critic. She was twice Chair of the New York Film Critics Circle where she was a member for 19 years.. She is the Film Editor at ZEALnyc.com. She covered the Oscars for Yahoo! Movies for three seasons, interviewing celebrities from Julianne Moore to Joaquin Phoenix to Oprah Winfrey. Her second novel, The Other Mrs. Earp, will be published by Amazon Publishing’s Lake Union imprint in summer of 2016. The New York Times favorably reviewed her debut novel, Playdate, published by St. Martin's Press. Her essays have been anthologized, most recently in O's Little Book of Happiness. Previously, she was the film critic at Us Weekly (2000 – 2011) and the New York Post (1993 – 2000).