The latest silver screen work from award winning Canadian actor-writer-director Sarah Polley opened with a limited release in Toronto today.
Stories We Tell, a featured documentary at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, surrounds an extremely personal and shocking family secret from Sarah's past. It's her debut as a documentary director and she forces herself to dig deep for the truth with revealing narratives from family members.
Sarah became a star at the age of 11 on the hit classic CBC television series Road to Avonlea, adapted from Lucy Maud Montgomery's Books. Her first major film role was in Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter in 1997 when she was only 18. We spoke to both of them at this year's Playback Hall of Fame Gala, where Sarah received the Deluxe Award for Outstanding Achievement.
"He's been so crazily generous with his time with me throughout my career," Sarah said of Atom, "watching every cut of every short film I've ever done and reading every script and just helping me in every way I ever needed."
Watch our video for more on their professional bond, Stories We Tell and Sarah's exciting new project.
Sarah Polley adapting Margaret Atwood is very exciting to us. Of course, it's not the first time she brings the work of a great female Canadian author to the screen - her adaptation of Alice Munro's The Bear Came Over the Mountain for the film Away From Her won her an Oscar nomination for screen writing and the Genies for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay in 2008.
During our daily TIFF 2012 live show, we profiled Sarah's incredible career leading up to Stories We Tell... check it out.