TIFF 2015 Spotlight: Canadian Vixen Sara Botsford


Captivation and Canadian talents go hand-in-hand so it’s a given that Sara Botsford continues to be a focus of avidity. Testament to her versatility and engaging presence, she is a Gemini Award recipient for her work on television in the series “ENG”. This week on the big screen, she plays Dr. Stephanie Novella who goes a little authoritarian on John Lake (leading man Rossif Sutherland) in “River” screening at Toronto Film Fest 2015. Sometimes doing good deeds don’t really deserve another and for John Lake, his intervention in preventing a rape results in him being accused of murdering the alleged assailant. Set in Laos, this sweaty chase movie will thrill from start to finish! In keeping with her penchant for embodying sharp-tongue characters such as her famed role as journalist Anne Hildebrandt, she is every bit the boss in “River” and puts her unfortunate subordinate John to the sword in “River”, a foreboding of sorts for what’s in store for him.

Before we point out the perception of dwindling roles for middle-aged women in movies and television, longevity is definitely one of her strong suits. She’s already worked with Christina Ricci in “Lizzie Borden Took an Ax” and was recently on the Amazon series “Bosch”. Sara once quipped in an interview of how she would be the only living actress without a facelift and that work will start pouring in because the industry is going to need old broads with their real faces. With her indomitable and serene spirit, there’ll be plenty of parts for her to put her definitive mark on. Sara’s an immaculate performer with all the tenets for adoration.

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