Comedian/actor Josh Lawson’s The Little Death and Robert Connolly's Paper Planes have been added to the line-up of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Lawson's comedy about sex, love, relationships and taboo will have its north American premiere in TIFF's Discovery section, which is devoted to first or second features. Connolly's kid-friendly film about a young WA boy whose paper plane-folding/flying talents take him all the way to Tokyo, will screen as part of TIFF Kids.
The Little Death – so named for the French phrase for the moment of orgasm, ‘la petit mort’ – is an ensemble comedy about a collection of couples each seeking to take their desire to its natural conclusion. It premiered at the Sydney Film Festival, where it was voted second in SFF's Audience Award for Best Feature.
Connolly's film recently had its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
The two films join previously announced Australian film in the lineup: Tony Ayres' Cut Snake, Kriv Stenders' Kill Me Three Times, Mark Hartley's Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films and Rolf de Heer's Charlie's Country.
In a statement, Lawson said, "When I heard that The Little Death had been accepted in the Toronto International Film Festival I honestly punched the air like Judd Nelson at the end of The Breakfast Club, but less cool. I couldn't have been more excited. I'm thrilled and proud to have our film in one of the world's most illustrious film festivals. I think we've done something really original and funny and bold with The Little Death, and I can't wait for people to finally see it."
The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 to 14. The Little Death will release in Australia soon afterwards, on September 25. Paper Planes is slated for a January 2015 release.
For a guide to other Australian films being released this year, see here.