Written By DamianistaComments Off on Toronto: Sony Pictures Worldwide Takes World Rights to Run This Town – Sept 10, 2019
Sony Pictures Will Release ‘Run This Town’ Outside North America
By Etan Vlassing | Hollywood Reporter | September 10, 2019
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has nabbed world rights outside North America for Run This Town, which stars Damian Lewis as Rob Ford, the controversial former mayor of Toronto who died in 2016 at the age of 46.
Elevation Pictures is set to release Ricky Tollman’s debut feature, which also stars Ben Platt, Nina Dobrev and Mena Massoud, in Canada, while U.S. distribution rights remain up for grabs.
Ford was mayor from 2010 to 2014, but had already established a history of public intoxication and substance abuse. During his years as mayor, video surfaced of him smoking crack cocaine; he was accused of sexual assault and argued publicly with staff while intoxicated.
Written By GingersnapComments Off on SXSW: Political Thriller ‘Run This Town’ Takes on Timely Issues – March 12, 2019
Damian Lewis in a Truly Striking Transformation
by Natalie Mokry | Austin360 | March 12, 2019
If there was ever a more relevant time for films to explore issues young millennials face in the workforce or the evolving questions about the role of politicians and the press, it’s now. “Run This Town” notably seizes on this but at times bites off a little more than it is willing to chew.
The film takes place in Toronto during the mayorship of Rob Ford, a real-life politician who created controversy and scandal during his time in office and whose substance abuse eventually led to the end of his position. Ford as a character, played by Damian Lewis in a truly striking transformation, takes a back seat in the film, which instead follows those in the orbit of his scandalous term, characters who are mostly fictionalized.
Bram (Ben Platt) is a young journalist who gets a job at a local paper, where his task is to write lists on trivial matters such as the city’s best burgers. He grows frustrated with the outlet’s lack of faith in him as a writer and the lack of opportunities it provides him to shine in what he feels is “real” journalism. So when he receives some possibly exclusive information about a scandalous video taken of Ford, he becomes determined to uncover the story with or without the help of his editor and his outlet and gain their recognition in the process.
Meanwhile, Kamal (Mena Massoud), a Ford staffer, is essentially in charge of deflecting the media narrative around Ford and covering up any inappropriate acts. A lawyer fresh out of school, Ashley (Nina Dobrev), works alongside him. Neither are respected by Ford, but they both desperately need the work for different reasons, so they stay. However, Ashley becomes uncomfortable with her job after experiencing firsthand the type of harassment Ford commits without reprimand or remorse, and she begins working toward a way to help expose the reality of who Ford is.
Written By GingersnapComments Off on A Casual Stroll Around Toronto – April 27, 2018
Toronto: Run This Town
by MailOnline Reporter | Daily Mail | April 27, 2018
He shocked fans with his incredible transformation on set of his new film, Run This Town. Yet Damian Lewis had shed the prosthetics he wore to portray Toronto’s Ex-Mayor Rob Ford in the scenes, cutting a more casual look as he went out on a stroll around Toronto on Friday. Back to his best, the 47-year-old actor seemed in good spirits on the outing.