Some people may consider Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s the year’s most important holiday, but not me. To me there’s no better time of year than Halloween. It’s a time of transformation, of indulgence and revelry. It can be dark and light, scary but always fun. And there was no better way to start this year’s Halloween festivities than at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Boombox Fundraiser, featuring TIFF’s tribute to the legendary Stanley Kubrick.
Toronto’s glitterati came out in droves to the TIFFF Bell Lightbox to take in one of the best social events of the year, and to see the formidable job the event organizers did of transforming the space into the Kubrick inspired extravaganza that it became. Set mementos, original costumes and props and set pieces were all on display for party goers viewing pleasure. Highlights included the Space Tunnel from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the original (and tiny!) dresses worn by the terrifying twin girls in The Shining, the Dr. Strangelove War Room, and the Clockwork Orange inspired Loading Docks cocktail bar. Actors and actresses dressed as characters from Kubrick’s filmography wandered through the event to help bring the films to life in a party atmosphere, and I must give kudos to the girls playing the Shining twins – they were spot on, especially as they drawled “Come play with us” in perfect unison to fascinated and frightened revelers.
The absolute highlight of the event was only available to those savvy enough to upgrade their Boombox experience with a special and private performance inspired by Kubrick’s final film Eyes Wide Shut. These multiple, live and in person performances were choreographed and curated by Kaitlyn Regehr, and featured female dancers from Everyone Is An Artist and male performers from HiM Promotions. These sensual and riveting performances paid beautiful tribute to Kubrick’s last masterpiece, rounding out the Boombox experience in the most tantalizing way.
Missed the party? You can still check out the Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition from now until January 25th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in downtown Toronto. Click HERE for more information.