Creation kicked off the Toronto Film Festival as Oscar excitement once again gripped the event.

Over recent years movies such as Juno and last year's Slumdog Millionaire have all bee uncovered by the festival and went on to Academy Award success.

Starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly the film is a powerful story of Charles Darwin and the single most explosive idea in history.

Darwin’s great, still controversial, book on The Origin of Species depicts nature as a battleground. In Creation the battleground is a man’s heart.

Torn between his love for his deeply religious wife and his own growing belief in a world where God has no place, Darwin finds himself caught in a struggle between faith and reason, love and truth.

And everyone knows that the Academy love a good biopic turn come awards season and Paul Bettany's great performance as Darwin is bound to turn a few heads.

The British movie kicks off ten days of red carpets, celebrities and fine movies as Toronto once again has a great line-up, a line-up that should once again eclipse Venice.

And British movies are very high on the agenda this year with twenty six screening as they all try to replicate the success of last year's Slumdog Millionaire, which won the audience award at the festival before dominating the awards season.

And Bettany and Connelly were on the red carpet last night for the premiere of the film speaking to the PA the actor said: "You always worry that you do a small movie about a controversial subject that never gets seen, and it really was thrown a lifeline so I feel very privileged and very proud."

But there appears to be no fear of the movie going unnoticed as it looks set to kick start the age old debate of science vs religion.

On the agenda for today include Men Who Stare At Goats, starring George Clooney and The Informant, starring Matt Damon, along with Bright Star, Fish Tank and Daybreakers.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from 10th - 19th September.

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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