Radheyan Simonpillai

Radheyan Simonpillai is the pop culture columnist for CBC Syndicated Radio and film critic for CTV's Your Morning and CTV News Channel. Formerly the editor of Toronto's NOW Magazine, Rad currently contributes to The Guardian, CBC Arts and more.

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At only 8 years old, Keris Hope Hill is already pure magic onscreen

The young Mohawk actor brings a natural spark and tenderness to her roles in the 2022 film Rosie and upcoming TV series Little Bird.

Andy McQueen is having a huge TV moment — something he was told would never happen

An acting coach once told him he'd only ever play taxi drivers or Imams. Now he has two major roles in two major shows (Mrs. Davis and Outer Banks) at the same time.
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With his joyful diaspora rom-com, Faran Moradi wants to widen the lens of Iranian cinema

The Iranian Canadian director hopes his new film Tehranto can be a counterweight to Iranian movies' "miserabilist tendencies."
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Ethan Eng spent his college fund on making his first feature film instead

Therapy Dogs, the young Mississauga filmmaker's scrappy debut, opens in theatres this month, while his upcoming appearance in BlackBerry hits screens in April.
Group Chat

Where have all the sex scenes gone?

Today on Commotion, Rad Simonpillai joined host Elamin Abdelmahmoud and culture writer Angela Watercutter in a group chat about the ongoing debate around intimacy onscreen. 
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Antoine Bourges' unconventional filmmaking captures the rhythms of real life onscreen

One of Canada's most exciting up-and-coming filmmakers, Bourges is about to take his latest feature Concrete Valley to the Berlinale.
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Kate Hallett holds her own against acting legends in Women Talking — and she's our inaugural Rising Star

Our new column celebrates the next generation of Canadian film talent, and the 18-year-old Albertan earned her place with an awe-inspiring professional acting debut.

How Deepa Mehta mastered the art of telling stories only an Indo-Canadian could tell

Film critic Radheyan Simonpillai explores fluidity between cultural identities in Mehta's work.