Four Rising Stars at TIFF 2012

From a media release:

Four Rising Stars shine bright at Toronto International Film Festival
The 37th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 6 to 16, 2012

– In its ongoing commitment to the development of emerging talent in the Canadian film industry, the Toronto International Film Festival® announced today the four actors selected to participate in this year’s TIFF Rising Stars programme. Now in its second year, the programme immerses four participants in a series of public events and industry meetings during the Festival. This year’s rising stars, Charlie Carrick, Connor Jessup, Tatiana Maslany, and Charlotte Sullivan, will receive intensive professional development with international casting directors, filmmakers, producers and development executives.

“Canada continues to produce top-notch on-screen talent, and we’re proud to offer these four actors an international platform during the Festival,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “We are grateful for the support of our longtime public partner in Telefilm Canada, as well as the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and the Canadian Film Centre for having joined forces with us on such an important initiative.”

The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and the Canadian Film Centre partnered with TIFF on the Rising Stars programme and assisted in the selection process. Jury members included filmmakers Clement Vigo and Michael McGowan; casting director Deirdre Bowen; Executive in Charge of Music & Acting Talent at the CFC, Larissa Giroux; along with Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Charlie Carrick is a British Canadian actor from Newcastle, England. His television credits include recurring roles on V and Tower Prep, as well as guest starring appearances on Flashpoint, Supernatural, Sanctuary and Psych. On stage, Charlie starred in the Canadian premiere of The History Boys at The Arts Club in Vancouver, and returned to the same company to play Jacob Mercer in Salt-Water Moon. Charlie was a 2011 resident of the Canadian Film Centre’s Actors Conservatory. He has recently completed a starring role in Molly Maxwell, directed by Sara St. Onge. Charlie will next be seen in a recurring guest arc on Showtime’s The Borgias.

Connor Jessup is best known for his critically acclaimed performance as Ben Mason in Steven Spielberg’s Falling Skies. Jessup stars in the independent film and Festival 2012 selection Blackbird as Sean Randall: an angry and troubled teenager who finds himself in juvenile detention after being accused and arrested for a crime that he did not commit — forever reshaping his life. Connor is the executive producer of the independent film Amy George, which played at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. He also wrote, produced and directed the shorts Something and I Don’t Hurt Anymore!, and wrote and directed the play Pushing Normal — which won an Award of Distinction at the 2010 Sears Drama Festival. Connor is also known for his leading role in the Discovery Kids/TVO series The Saddle Club, in which he played 13-year-old computer geek Simon Atherton.

Tatiana Maslany, a Regina-born actor, has amassed an impressive résumé in both film and television. Tatiana won the World Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Breakout Performance at Sundance 2010 for her role — which also garnered a Genie Award nomination — in Grown Up Movie Star. Her recent feature credits include the starring role in Picture Day directed by Kate Melville, which will debut at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival; The Vow opposite Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum; Geoffrey Fletcher’s directorial debut Violet and Daisy (opposite Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel), which premiered during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival; and The Entitled with Ray Liotta, Victor Garber and Kevin Zegers. Some of Tatiana’s television credits include the Tandem/Scott Free Production World Without End; her Gemini-nominated performance in the BBC/CBC co-production Nativity; Certain Prey for USA network; as well as Gemini Award-winning performances on Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures for TMN and Flashpoint for CBS and CTV.

Charlotte Sullivan was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She is a Genie Award-nominated actress, who has most notably played Marilyn Monroe in the controversial, Emmy Award-winning series The Kennedys, staring Academy Award®-nominee Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes. She played opposite Academy Award-winner Kathy Bates in the sci-fi miniseries Alice and Academy Award-winner Peter O’Toole in the film Iron Road. Charlotte’s other film credits include Defendor, starring Academy Award-nominee Woody Harrelson; Smallville; and Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster, which won for Best Canadian First Feature during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. She is currently playing police officer Gail Peck in the third season of the ABC hit series Rookie Blue.

• All images courtesy of TIFF

The 37th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 6 to 16, 2012.

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About TIFF:
TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit.

TIFF Rising Stars is supported by the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, Canadian Film Centre and Telefilm Canada.

The Toronto International Film Festival is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, L'Oréal Paris, Visa and Audi, and Major Supporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada and the City of Toronto.