Goodfellas was the first film that had a big impact on me. When you comb through the bloody violence and vulgar banter—which I was likely too young to be exposed to—you’re confronted with electric cinematography and acting, as well as incredible costume design—Ray Liotta’s wardrobe is to die for. The men in Scorsese’s mafia masterpiece were criminals, but they had human qualities you’d find in your family and friends. This duality really touched me; even gangsters make time to eat spaghetti with their loved ones. This is the power of filmmaking. Through considered storytelling, we can be exposed to the underlying humanity (most) people possess.
For our sophomore film issue—my first as Editor-inChief—it was our vision to move beyond the usual suspects. Case in point: our cover star, Tatiana Maslany, who’s no stranger to playing multifaceted characters and going against the grain of what’s expected from a Hollywood actor. In Stronger— her first role since the series finale of the critically-acclaimed Orphan Black— Maslany plays Erin Hurley, the on-and-off girlfriend of Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), whose life is forever changed when he loses both his legs during the senseless Boston Marathon bombing. Based on the memoir of the same name by Bauman, the heart-wrenching drama exposes the aftermath of the tragic event and the emotional journey experienced by the couple. The creative process of actors has always fascinated me. How do they effortlessly step into character? Particularly a reallife character? And how do they push themselves to the edge and make sure there’s room to retreat? For the Canadianborn actor, running through the streets of Boston served as the perfect starting point.
Across fashion, beauty, and film, the topic of representation as it relates to race and gender has been heavily discussed. Are we all doing our due diligence in being inclusive? And what does that look like exactly? While some might call it “jumping on the bandwagon,” it’s important to note that we have become more inclusive. But of course, as always, there’s more work to be done. With this shift in mind, we set out to create our most diverse beauty shoot to date to join the conversation. In “Star Quality”, one of Canada’s brightest photographers, Justin Aranha, reimagined the exhilarating—and often grueling—audition process. Before you ask, yes, a number of the models actu
ally act! Another question also comes to mind: When does makeup cross the line of covering up your true essence? I believe beauty products should enhance but they should never cloak. Whether or not you’re experimenting with this season’s varying palettes and products, the power is in your hands to direct your beauty story.
Despite the abrupt change in weather and the insular attitude of the general public, one thing I always look forward to with the arrival of fall, is turning my wardrobe upside down. My uniform usually involves a mix of vintage lab coats—my favourite being a royal blue one—white t-shirts from Muji, and my Alexander Wang denim which feel like second skin these days. On the runways, as always, designers sent beautiful mixed messages. From severe, all-occasion leather to timeless florals, there’s enough sartorial intrigue to save you from seasonal blues.
Lastly, it would be unpatriotic to not mention the Toronto International Film Festival. Every September, Hollywood elite, film critics, and cinephiles from around the globe flock to Toronto to premiere, support, and watch the best cinema has to offer. The energy in the city is unshakeable. Besides football—or soccer as we call it here—and music, film is one of the few mediums that breaks through cultural differences, language barriers, and connects us all. A universal connection we need now more than ever.