October 1, 2015

TIFF Celebrates Female Action Heroes

We all love it when the ladies kick some ass and the TIFF Lightbox in Toronto will be paying tribute to the female action heroes this Fall.

Pam Grier will be there in person to introduce some of her classic films including Coffy, Foxy Brown and Jackie Brown.

I will definitely be checking out Terminator 2 as I haven’t seen it on the big screen in many years.

So let’s take a look at what we have coming up.



Jackie Brown introduced by Pam Grier


October 1

Pam Grier introduces Quentin Tarantino’s worshipful homage to her action-hero past.


Coffy introduced by Pam Grier


October 2

The first lady of action cinema introduces her breakout 1973 hit.


Foxy Brown introduced by Pam Grier


October 2

Pam Grier introduces our screening of her 1974 blaxploitation classic.




October 4

Sigourney Weaver redefined the Hollywood heroine with her portrayal of the alien-battling Ellen Ripley in Ridley Scott’s immensely influential sci-fi horror film.


Kill Bill Vol. 1

October 7

Uma Thurman slices and dices her way from L.A. to Tokyo in the first installment of Quentin Tarantino’s postmodern revenge-movie epic.

Kill Bill Vol. 2

October 7

The Bride (Uma Thurman) completes her mission of vengeance in the concluding chapter of Quentin Tarantino’s revenge-movie diptych.


La Femme Nikita


October 9

A scrawny and strung-out street kid (Anne Parillaud) is transformed into an elegant executioner in Luc Besson’s stylish Euro-thriller.


Terminator 2: Judgment Day


October 23

As a former waitress turned pistol-packing survivalist, Linda Hamilton offers one of the most formidable images of femininity to emerge from Hollywood in the nineties in this blockbuster sequel to the original Terminator.


The Quick and the Dead


October 29

Sharon Stone dons chaps and a Stetson to play a female gunslinger in Sam Raimi’s wildly stylized revisionist western.


Charlie’s Angels


November 3

Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu star in this big-budget rehash of the 1970s TV series as a team of private investigators in the employ of a mysterious millionaire.


House of Flying Daggers


November 6

After becoming an international star with her lyrical but hard-hitting swordplay in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Zhang Ziyi once again played a blade-wielding woman at the centre of the action in Zhang Yimou’s luxurious martial-arts epic.




November 13

Former MMA fighter Gina Carano stars as a black-ops agent who goes rogue after being betrayed by her masters, in this lean and mean espionage thriller from director Steven Soderbergh.


Lara Croft: Tomb Raider


November 17

Angelina Jolie cemented her status as an international superstar playing globe-trotting, gun-toting adventurer Lara Croft in this big-screen adaptation of the massively popular video game.


Resident Evil


November 20

Milla Jovovich stars as zombie-slaying heroine Alice in the first installment of the long-running action-horror franchise.


Mad Max: Fury Road


December 3

Hard-driving Charlize Theron steals the show from Tom Hardy’s hulking road warrior in director George Miller’s eye-popping fourth entry in the post-apocalyptic action series.


This sounds great to me and it’s a fantastic choice of movies too.


Source: TIFF

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone. We also want to help promote new talent whether you're making blockbusters, low-budget Indie movies or fan films; if it's action, it's awesome.



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