Special Presentations

Jason Reitman Live Read

Jason Reitman’s Live Read returns to the Festival for another all-star event featuring a surprise cast. The Montreal-born filmmaker (Ghostbusters: Afterlife; Men, Women & Children; Up in the Air) assembles this year’s cast for a surprise screenplay in honour of his father, Ivan Reitman. The Live Read is a unique event in which classic movie scripts are read by contemporary actors. A beloved classic is presented to audiences in a one-take read-through with Reitman narrating stage direction. TIFF has previously welcomed Reitman and an array of talent for live table reads of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights (featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Josh Brolin, Olivia Wilde, among many others), Alan Ball’s American Beauty (Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Adam Driver), John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club (Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Richard E. Grant), and William Goldman’s The Princess Bride (Cary Elwes, Rachel McAdams, Chris O’Dowd).

The 2022 Live Read cast and film title will be announced in the coming weeks.

Jason Reitman created Live Read in October 2011, in collaboration with Elvis Mitchell, for the film society of Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA). Elsewhere the hit series has also featured readings of The Apartment (Steve Carell, Natalie Portman), Shampoo (Bradley Cooper, Kate Hudson), The Big Lebowski (first staged with Seth Rogen, later Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence), Reservoir Dogs (an all-Black cast including Laurence Fishburne and Terrence Howard), and Glengarry Glen Ross (an all-women cast including Robin Wright, Catherine O’Hara, Melanie Lynskey, and Maria Bello).


Fri Sep 09

VISA Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre