TIFF Journal: Day 2, 3 & 4 at The Grey Goose SoHo House Club
Welcome to ELLECanada.com’s official TIFF journal! This festival, Laura deCarufel and Jennifer Lee, the co-editors
have the high honour of reporting live from TIFF’S coolest events. Stay tuned for party coverage and behind-the-scenes scoop!
By Jennifer Lee The first weekend of every international film festival tends to be a gap in the space-time continuum. Sometime around 5 o’clock on Friday evening, Father Time heads to his chamber with Ambien in hand and a hot cup of Valerian tea cooling on his bedside table, rendering sleep and fatigue more novelty than necessity until he awakens in the new week. Though the many hours of fun to be filled seem endless thanks to the festival’s 4 a.m. extended license, there is the matter of traffic, and lest we not forget the soaring heels hindering a girl’s valiant party hopping efforts. And so, as circumstance demands it, an “it” spot must be anointed each festival; the final stop in the screening, premiere party, late night party sequence, where Hollywood’s night owls are invited to expel their energy.
When in doubt of where to find such a place, look for a pop up venue, where the large ratio of VIPs vs. non-VIPs (i.e. actors vs. non-actors) deem red roped areas extraneous. Sundance has the Village at the Yard, stage to this year’s duet between actor
Patrick Wilson (
Little Children) and American Idol’s Constantine Maroulis for
Sympathy for Delicious after party, while the Festival de Cannes’ beacons partygoers with its Paris transplant
Le Baron, a guaranteed late
late night wonderment, and now, freshly added to the list is TIFF’s
SoHo House Club,
the spot for the perfect Grey Goose martini and dance tracks that haven’t echoed through high school gymnasiums across North America.
Colin Firth’s (
The King’s Speech) private 50th birthday celebration Thursday night to a post-last call dance circle on Sunday night led by
Dominic Cooper (in town to promote his latest film
Tamara Drewe directed by
Stephen Frears), the
SoHo House Club was the “local” for visiting talent.
While the weekday birthday bash was a more intimate soiree, Saturday’s celebrations saw young Hollywood make its way to the dance floor (which was every inch of the floor aside from the space taken by a chair, sofa or table), cliquing according to film. The
Tamara Drewe cast were the hub of the Brit pack. Looking ever the Bond girl in a snug white dress,
Gemma Arteron — who plays the film’s title character — playfully bopped to the music beside her co-star
Dominic Cooper (evidently an unabashed dancing enthusiast), while outside the dance circle, a serious looking
James McAvoy (
The Conspirator) contemplated the party scene, British screen royalty
Geoffrey Rush (
The King’s Speech) chatted and BBC-preferred comedian
Steve Coogan (
The Trip) stretched out on the couch and soaked it all in under a leisurely looking chapeau. The indie-sect’s back-of-the-school-bus-boys hung out near the dance floor, keeping conversation with the DJ. Having unbuttoned their shrunken suit jackets, they pumped the air paying tribute to their requested tracks, and allowing for a sporadic arm around the shoulder in chummy celebration (of which there are many).
Aaron Paul shuffled on and off the dance floor, joining
Scoot McNairy, lead in the festival’s much buzzed about Midnight Madness film
Monsters, in a toast with fellow sleeper hit star
Oliver Ackland of Australia’s
Wasted on the Youth.
Dominic Cooper hoofed it into the group later in the evening. The same lads dominates the dance floor the following night until the DJ closes shop. Their seemingly ardent commitment to paying homage to the beats is enough for one to suspect Cooper and Paul of being in an unofficial dance-off. Bottomless Grey Goose glory and sock hop glee aside, the rare perk of the lounge’s offerings — in we simple folks’ opinion — is its foosball, ideally located upon an elevated stage overlooking the crowd. Whilst it struggled to win guests from the DJ (though the table did see some action Sunday night when
Made in Dagenham’s
Rosamund Pike took on 2 contenders), it’s presence, complemented by cozy furniture choices and warm lighting imbues a living room mood, and what a living room it is.
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