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Sarah Polley began her career in film at the age of four, appearing in the Disney movie ONE MAGIC CHRISTMAS. After her roles in Atom Egoyan’s THE SWEET HEREAFTER, Terry Gilliam’s THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN and Doug Liman's GO gained her attention as an emotionally intuitive and intelligent young actor, she attended the Director’s Lab at the Canadian Film Centre in 2001. Polley’s first feature AWAY FROM HER, an adaption of the Alice Munro short story “The Bear Came over the Mountain,” which she wrote and directed, nabbed her a nomination for “Best Adapted Screenplay” at the 2008 Academy Awards. Her follow-up films, 2011’s TAKE THIS WALTZ and the 2012 documentary STORIES WE TELL (all of which have premiered at TIFF) have cemented the filmmaker as one of Canada’s most indelible auteurs. In this episode of TIFF Un/cut, you’ll hear Sarah Polley interviewed onstage by documentary programmer Thom Powers in a discussion originally conducted for the 2012 Industry Doc Conference when STORIES WE TELL premiered at TIFF. They discuss the knotty complexities of revealing family secrets, how to show many sides of one story, and why documentary is her favourite medium. Sarah Polley’s newest project, a forthcoming miniseries adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1996 novel ALIAS GRACE on which she serves as showrunner and executive producer, will premiere at TIFF ‘17 with the series’ star Sarah Gadon and director Mary Harron in attendance.

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