Tom Burstyn’s Some Kind of Love is now into a theatrical release in Canada. So far it’s confirmed to screen in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria, selling out its first screenings in Toronto. Having premiered at Palm Springs earlier this year, the film has also played Israel’s DocAviv and last night played its Australasian premiere at the Sydney Film Festival.
Following the success of This Way of Life, which was Oscar short-listed, won 12 international awards and sold to 22 countries, the Burstyns sought funding here for Some Kind of Love but were turned down by the NZFC because of the film’s UK-based subject matter.
Taking the film to Tom’s native Canada, the Burstyns secured funding from pre-sales, Telefilm and the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Completion Fund.
Some Kind of Love (fka Yolanda’s Last Portrait) features Tom Bustyn’s step-aunt Yolanda Sonnabend, 77, who lives surrounded by a half century of painting, sculpture the ephemera of her frenzied imagination. Her glory days behind her, Yolanda is struggling with a final commissioned portrait.
Meanwhile her older brother Joseph has moved in. Joseph is a former AIDS doctor famous for discovering one of the building blocks of the virus. After a career in the US he has returned to a country he has little affection for, to a house he hates and a sister who shows early signs of dementia.
Some Kind of Love