Backstage Action


Scotiabank Theatre 4 Sat, Apr 27, 2019 9:00 PM
Innis Town Hall Sun, Apr 28, 2019 8:15 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Belgium
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Artscapes
Film Subjects:Filmmakers & Filmmaking
Labour & Working People
Performers & Performance
Race & Racism
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Sanaz Azari
Producer(s):Isabelle Truc
Editor(s):Simon Arazi
Annick Ghijzelings
Writer(s):Sanaz Azari
Cinematography:Johan Legraie
Pierre Choqueux
Vincent Pinckaers
Artur Castro Freire
Composer:Pierre Dozin
Frederic Becker
Sound:Bruno Schweisguth
Fred Meert
Vincent Nouaille
Zied Mokaddem
Cosmas Antoniadis
Fabrice Osinski
Nicolas Dennefeld


They don't have a name, role or voice—yet their presence on screen is essential. Sanaz Azari's observational documentary shifts the spotlight towards film extras, following them as they prepare for shoots, wait for the AD's instructions and pass the time in eye-opening conversations with each other. In voice-over, "extras wanted" advertisements bring to light how stereotypical the profiles usually are. If Ricky Gervais's sitcom Extras offered a smart parody of the world of show business, Backstage Action takes a more political tack, showing how cinema subdivides people into archetypal communities and relegates actors of colour to clichés and the invisible background. Finally getting a voice, the extras here transcend their labels. They're not on screen to make a scene look real: they give us a glimpse of the real person. Charlotte Selb

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The Day Don Died (13min) More
Uncaged: A Stand-In Story (10min) More