Piers Handling on Videodrome

Approx. Duration: 1 hour 57 minutes

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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In his introduction to this pivotal film in the Cronenberg canon, TIFF Director and CEO Piers Handling considers how the role of the Cronenberg protagonist changes as they began to wrestle with issues of control over their lives.

Guest Biography

    • Piers Handling
    • Piers Handling is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of TIFF. He has held this position since 1994, responsible for leading both the operational and artistic growth of the organization. He has curated numerous film retrospectives and presented programmes of Canadian cinema at The Sundance Film Festival, the British Film Institute, the Havana Film Festival and sat on festival juries including Cannes, Tokyo, Rotterdam, San Sebastian, Torino and Istanbul. Prior to joining the Toronto International Film Festival in 1982, Mr. Handling began his career at the Canadian Film Institute (CFI), ultimately becoming Deputy Director. After leaving the CFI, he taught Canadian cinema at Carleton University in Ottawa and Queen's University in Kingston. He has published extensively on Canadian cinema and edited numerous books. Mr. Handling is currently Chair of FAME (Festivals and Major Events), sits on the Board of the Canadian Film Centre, and is a member of the Minister of Culture's Advisory Council for Arts and Culture (MACAC). Previously he was on the Board of Tafelmusik and Luminato, and Telefilm Canada's Feature Film Advisory Commitee. He has been honoured with the "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres," France's highest cultural insignia.

Piers Handling on Videodrome

    • Videodrome
    • David Cronenberg
    • A mysterious pirate station lures a cocky Toronto cable entrepreneur (James Woods) into the reality-warping world of the "new flesh," in David Cronenberg's prescient and vastly influential vision of a media age run amok.