Films For Photography Lovers

By Lisa Milavic 

The Toronto International Film Festival is now underway, celebrating its 40th year of great films. Some of the best actors and directors from around the world are in one city for this festival that runs from September 10th - 20th. With over 300 films this year, it will be hard to choose which films to try to catch! If you are a photography fanatic and are entranced by capturing a story through the lens, you might be interested in films that have a photojournalist lead that pulls you into a fast-paced adventure. 

The TIFF film, Colonia, is based on true events and people involved in the 1973 coup against the Chilean president, Salvador Allende. Daniel Brühl (Rush, The Fifth Estate) plays an artist who is creating images in support of the president, gets caught up in the fight and is held a prisoner in a secret stronghold. His girlfriend, played by Emma Watson (no explanation necessary), is determined to free him and becomes a fascist follower to a sinister man in order to find him. The film is described as a love-story and political drama about the Cold War that is aimed to chill and thrill. The full description and schedule can be found here

Scene from Colonia with Daniel Brühl and Emma Watson.

Scene from Colonia with Daniel Brühl and Emma Watson.

Many of the 300+ films are premiering for the first time will not be out in theatres until later this year, and the wait will be long. With that in mind, standing in a rush line for tickets on the day of a sold out screening might just be worth it! But if you can't get seats or need your photography fix now, here are a few great films that tell a story through a photographer's point of view. Be prepared though, after you are done binge-watching these flicks, you will be donning your khakis and camera and be looking to join Photographers Without Borders on an upcoming assignment. 


Blood Diamond - An american journalist embarks on a trek to reveal a story of the illegal diamond market and slavery in 1990s Sierra Leone. 

Blood Diamond

Blood Diamond

Tracks - An Australian embarks on a solo trip across the Australian desert, accompanied by camels, her dog, and a National Geographic photographer. 

Tracks

Tracks

Bang Bang Club - A group of photojournalists cover the violent final days of Apartheid to bring images to the rest of the world.  

Bang Bang Club

Bang Bang Club

City of God - A budding photographer documents the drug-related violence of his neighbour in 1970s Rio de Janeiro.

City of God

City of God

A Thousand Times Goodnight - A photojournalist obsessed with war-zone conflict documents a group of female suicide bombers in Afghanistan. 

A Thousand Times Goodnight

A Thousand Times Goodnight

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - A Life magazine employee escapes his monotonous routine by embarking on a journey to find the perfect photo for the final print publication. 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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