My pics of Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy “Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” at Toronto Film Festival

On Monday, September 9, 2013 I attended a "Work In Progress" screening of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her at the Toronto International Film Festival. The sold-out event was held in the historic 1561-seat Elgin Theatre (Visa Screening Room). The film was a selection in the Special Presentation section.

Although this had not been exhibited prior to TIFF, and could have been called the "World Premiere," it was labeled a "Work In Progress" (WIP) for various reasons. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her is actually two films, screened back-to-back (without a break), that run three hours and ten minutes. One reason it could be called a WIP is uncertainty about what the finished product will look like. Occasionally a film is in that category because it still needs some additional post-production -- sound effects or color timing, for example. In addition, the filmmakers may still be tweaking the movie's future theatrical presentation. The screening I attended showed the "Him" film followed by "Her." The order was reversed in the second screening.

I selected the film for my Toronto International Film Festival Top Picks, but with qualifications -- primarily based on length.  190 minutes is quite a long time to stay in one place for a movie. Still, if you can sit through it without a break, it's magnificent. See my full-length review.

The Weinstein Company (TWC) picked up U.S., Canadian, UK, and French distribution rights towards the end of the festival.

Writer/director/producer Ned Benson was introduced by TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey prior to the screening. Benson returned afterward for a Q&A, where he was joined by stars Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Jess Weixler, and Ciarán Hinds. Programmer Michael Lerman was the moderator.

Here are some pictures I shot during the intro and Q&A:

GALLERY (78 photos)


Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at

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