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#TIFF20 Update 3, Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story

By September 27, 2020September 29th, 2020Backstage Pass


Hi Carl, tonight I’ll give my last update regarding my Toronto International Film Festival coverage. I have watched 25 films, yep, Twenty-Five!

A few more in my Top 10 are noteworthy: Also, I’m going to review a film that you can stream online now.

First Up- TIFF update: “Concrete Cowboy” stars Idris Elba as a Philadelphia cowboy with Caleb McLaughlin of “Stranger Things” as his teen son. It’s a coming of age story. The director is Ricky Staub.

Other TIFF movies not to miss, “Shadow in the Cloud” directed by Roseanne Liang, “Beans” by Tracey Deer, “Inconvenient Indian” by Michelle Latimer, and “The Water Man” that stars David Oyelowo and he also directs.

Based on Mollie Gregory’s 2015 book of the same name, the film interviews the business’s best. Finally, these fantastic, risk-taking women are in the spotlight. Their work is a dangerous profession, and what’s crazy; they love every minute of it. The pros and cons are looked at, as well. Who knew that men would pass for women. Did you know that the more difficult the stunt, the more money the stunt person makes?

Stuntwomen have to pad up’ since the pads will be under a costume or the female’s matching wardrobe. Stuntwomen often double for female leads and co-leads, which, by the nature of how women are still being cast, especially in action projects, means they will at least have exposed, unprotected arms and legs, and even backs and torsos. This presents problems for the women, and in this day and age, the issue needs to be addressed. Shockingly, the stuntwomen always have to diet to wear a layer of padding under their clothes.

The film begins with the history of women performing their stunts and progresses to current times. It’s an action documentary about the unsung professional actors and their path to performing tricks at the highest level. The film has been released by SHOUT Studios. The film also has a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Michelle Rodriguez, a star of the “Fast and Furious” movies, advocates for all stuntwomen to receive the recognition they deserve. Wow, Carl, you would not believe all the stunts these women perform.

Thanks so much for listening in tonight. Please check out my interview with April Wright, the director of Stuntwomen, and my article on the Top 25 Films of the Toronto International Film Festival on Sarah’s Backstage See you next week!

Sarah Knight Adamson© September 27, 2020