Emotions ran high in Toronto last night as the ten-years-in-the-making TIFF Bell Lightbox finally made its official debut as a screening venue. After a day long block party outside the building, a who’s who of the city’s film community gathered to witness Bruce MacDonald’s “Trigger.” Piers Handling noted the long list of Canadian cinematic talent associated with the film, from its director Bruce McDonald to its screenwriter Daniel MacIvor, to its cast that includes Molly Parker, Sarah Polley, Don McKellar, and Callum Keith Rennie. But the most notable person involved with “Trigger” is also the reason why last night’s Lightbox debut was such a stirring event for so many people. Tracy Wright, who along with Parker is in nearly every scene of the film, passed away earlier this year after a battle with cancer. She was a remarkable presence in the Canadian film and theatre worlds, and “Trigger” was her very last project. Thankfully, it was also one of her greatest. Filled with quick, clever dialogue and featuring pitch-perfect performances from both women, the film was clearly well-received from its hometown crowd, with a moving standing ovation resulting from the credits’ dedication to Wright.
Here’s video from the Q&A, notable in particular for Wright’s husband Don McKellar’s passionate recollection of her work on the film: