Toronto filmmaker Pat Mills is making his feature film debut tonight at TIFF with “Guidance.”
Coming after a series of incredibly charming shorts that made their way to the festival (like “Pat’s First Kiss” and “5 Dysfunctional People in a Car” — see them both if you haven’t), “Guidance” tells the story of David Gold (Mills himself), a closeted former child actor who, now in his mid-30s, is struggling to get work and has just been diagnosed with skin cancer. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so David forges his resume and gets a job as a high school guidance counsellor. Except it turns out he’s not such a good fit for the job, handing out bad advice and alcohol to teenagers as he continues his own private downward spiral.
Mills sat down with Peter Knegt for Daily Xtra, and they’ve posted the video online in anticipation of tonight’s premiere.