Cameron Bailey, CEO of TIFF, announced this morning that the ensemble cast of My Policeman—Harry Styles, Emma Corrin, Gina McKee, Linus Roache, David Dawson, and Rupert Everett—will be honoured at September’s Toronto Internation Film Festival with the TIFF Tribute Award for Performance, making them the first film ensemble cast to receive the award, in the now gender-neutral acting category. This is the first of two performance awards to be announced. Past recipients include Jessica Chastain, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kate Winslet, Anthony Hopkins, Meryl Streep and Joaquin Phoenix.
Now in its fourth year, the TIFF Tribute Awards will return to an in-person gala fundraiser during the 47th edition of the festival on Sunday, September 11th. Director Michael Grandage’s My Policeman, adapted by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Ron Nyswaner from Bethan Roberts’ award-winning novel, will receive its world premiere at this year’s TIFF.
“When your film shifts through time and across fluid boundaries of love and desire, you need a cast that can embody those nuances in every gesture,” said Bailey. “Harry Styles, Emma Corrin and David Dawson deliver beautiful, mirrored performances with Linus Roache, Gina McKee and Rupert Everett. We’re thrilled to honour the ensemble cast of My Policeman with the TIFF Tribute Award for Performance.”
Prime Video’s My Policeman follows three young people—policeman Tom (Styles), teacher Marion (Corrin), and museum curator Patrick (Dawson)—as they embark on an emotional journey in 1950s Britain. Flashing forward to the 1990s, Tom (Roache), Marion (McKee), and Patrick (Everett) are still reeling with longing and regret, but now they have one last chance to repair the damage of the past. Grandage carves a visually transporting, heartstopping portrait of three people caught up in the shifting tides of history, liberty, and forgiveness.
The TIFF Tribute Awards honour the film industry’s outstanding contributors and their achievements, recognizing leading industry members, acting talent, directorial expertise, new talent, and a below-the-line artists and creators. The Awards event also serves as TIFF’s largest annual fundraiser to support TIFF’s Every Story fund, which promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in film and TIFF’s core mission to transform the way people see the world through film.
The 47th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 8-18th 2022. My Policeman opens in select theaters on October 21st 2022 and launches on Prime Video on November 4th 2022.