‘The Rest of Us’ Cast and Director Aisling Chin-Yee on Realistic Dialogue Without Exposition Dumps

     September 17, 2019

One of the many films to world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was Aisling Chin-Yee‘s directorial debut, The Rest of Us. The film is about a combative teenage daughter (Sophie Nélisse) and her mother (Heather Graham) who invites her ex-husband’s wife and daughter (Jodi Balfour and Abigail Pniowsky) to live with them after the husband dies and they’ve got nowhere to go. As the film progresses, a number of secrets come to light and each person’s life is impacted by these new relationships.

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Shortly after seeing the film I got to talk with Aisling Chin-Yee, Heather Graham, Jodi Balfour, Sophie Nélisse and Abigail Pniowsky at the Collider studio at TIFF. They talked about the realistic dialogue, not having to deliver exposition dumps, what the film is about, the quick edits, and premiering at TIFF.

Check out what they had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about.

nordstrom-supper-suite-tiff-2019We also need to send a big thank you to our presenting sponsor Nordstrom Canada and supporting partners Marriott Bonvoy and Ciroc Vodka for supporting the Collider Lounge at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and helping to make these interviews happen.

Aisling Chin-Yee, Heather Graham, Jodi Balfour, Sophie Nélisse and Abigail Pniowsky:

  • What is the film about?
  • How there is no exposition dump in the film.
  • Having realistic dialogue.
  • The quick cuts and how they edited the film.
  • What does it mean to premiere their film at the Toronto International Film Festival?
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