Director Danny Boyle, who won a Golden Globe for Slumdog Millionaire, credits a combination of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Toronto Film Festival for the film’s success.
Slumdog Millionaire became an international phenomenon after it was screened in Toronto in 2008 and went on to triumph at the Golden Globe awards, winning four Globes.
Boyle came back to the Toronto festival this year with his new film 127 Hours and he told HFPA members who met with him there: “It was extraordinary what happened with Slumdog. There were two main turning points for us—-the Toronto Film Festival and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. We had an amazing time.”
Then he joked: “We did quite well last time but we thought we’d do something a bit different this year.”
127 Hours, which was written by Boyle and Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy, tells the harrowing true story of climber Aron Ralston who had to cut off his arm with a blunt knife to free himself when he was trapped by a rock.