The Toronto International Film Festival expanded their lineup today, announcing a batch of homegrown films that will walk the red carpet in September. And set for the Discovery slate is “Guidance,” the feature debut by Pat Mills, who wears a variety of hats in bringing his dark comedy to the big screen.
Writing, directing and taking the lead role in the film, “Guidance” follows a mid-30s former child actor whose life is spinning out of control. He’s been diagnosed with skin cancer, he just got fired from a recent acting job, and things look like they can’t get any worse. He winds up landing a job as a high school guidance counselor, but even then, it’s just another step in a downward spiral that will lead to a ridiculous crime. Having previously shown two shorts at TIFF, organizers and programmers see lots of potential in Mills, as “Guidance” will mark his third time at the fest.
Zahra Bentham, Tracey Hoyt, Kevin Hanchard, Alex Ozerov and Eleanor Zichy co-star in the film that will be looking for distribution. Watch below.