The Silent Partner

Presented by: Fantasia International Film Festival

About the Film

This event is part of this year’s tribute to screen legend Christopher Plummer.

Miles Cullen (Elliot Gould) is a timid bank teller at Toronto’s Eaton Centre. When he realizes one day that his bank is about to be robbed by a menacing figure dressed as Santa Claus, he hides some of the bank’s money and keeps it for himself. The thief (Christopher Plummer) soon figures out that he was outsmarted and decides to get the money back. This sets off a thrilling cat-and-mouse game between Miles and the madman with cunning plans and a dangerous temper.

Featuring a score by the legendary Oscar Peterson, this Canadian classic was the winner of several Canadian Film Awards (the precursor to the Genies). A chilling, thrilling web of mounting tension, suspense and clockwork efficiency.

Johanna Schneller in conversation with Plummer’s longtime friend and collaborator Atom Egoyan, and The Silent Partner co-star Michael Kirby.

When? The film will be available for 48 hours, beginning at 7:00am EDT on Wed. April 21

Special Guests

Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan has produced a significant body of work in film, television, and theatre. He has won 59 awards and been nominated for 75 others, and has screened his films at festivals around the world. He was the recipient of the Grand Prix and International Critics Awards from the Cannes Film Festival and has been nominated for two Academy Awards. His films have been presented in major retrospectives around the world and a number of books have been written about his work. Egoyan’s installations have been exhibited at museums and galleries in Canada and abroad, including the Venice Biennale. His latest film, Guest of Honour, premiered at TIFF in 2019.

Michael Kirby

Mike Kirby has won 12 CLIO Awards for advertising excellence in his 35-year career as Actor, Narrator, Broadcaster, Author, and World Trekker.

Mike’s title film roles include The Silent Partner, The Kidnapping of the President, In Praise of Older Women, Where the Heart Is directed by John Boorman and the classic Meatballs, directed by Ivan Reitman. Theatrically, Mike has appeared in numerous principal roles in Canada and the US. He has lent his voice to the movie trailers for James Bond, Scream 2, Good Will Hunting, Trainspotting, Jurassic Park, and Star Trek.

Mike earned an Honors B.A. in Drama at the University of Toronto, and is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York City.

Johanna Schneller, moderator

Johanna Schneller is one of North America’s leading freelance journalists specializing in entertainment features.  She is known for hosting TVO’s film series “Saturday Night at the Movies. She has been a contributor to major magazines, including Vanity Fair, In Style, Premiere, More and Ladies Home Journal. Her weekly Fame Game column in The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, has been nominated for four National Newspaper Awards. Her What I’m Watching TV column in The Toronto Star and Metro are released daily. 

Johanna Schneller is now recognized as the host for CBC’s new series, The Filmmakers. Her role includes interviewing directors and film experts about classic Canadian films.