Sarah Polley talks art, activism and 'Alias Grace' in our exclusive new interview
Watch this extended cut of Polley's chat with CBC Arts' new talk show The Filmmakers
Sarah Polley doesn't often open up on camera, but when she does...you best listen up. The writer, actress, filmmaker and activist has proven herself wise beyond her years seemingly since she was able to speak, as evidenced in this collection of rare clips from the past three decades.
In 1995, for example, a teenaged Polley sat down with the CBC and already had the perspective to say the following: "I think probably around 11 or 12, there was sort of a real push from — I'm not sure if it was, you know, adults or society or what, but a real push to sort of lose the passion that I think is considered childlike. I feel that enthusiasm and excitement about life, that's considered, I think, by many people who may not even realize it, as something sort of very childish."
Polley still hasn't seemed to lose that passion, which was evident in a brand new interview she gave on this past weekend's episode of The Filmmakers. And now we have an extended version of that sit-down — one that, in all likelihood, will make you somehow fall even more in love with her than you already were.
Polley spoke of everything from finally finishing her adaptation of Alias Grace ("Now that it's done, the world feels wide open") to what she thinks of television right now ("It just feels like it's an endless amount of stuff to catch up on") to Twitter ("I feel like for better or worse my main source of news now"). But she also had some strong words for what she called "such a confusing time" for the world.
If you have political things to say or to make, this isn't the time to hold back. It's not the time to be polite. It's not the time to make the thing that's best for your career.- Sarah Polley
"These aren't frivolous times," she says. "If you have political things to say or to make, this isn't the time to hold back. It's not the time to be polite. It's not the time to make the thing that's best for your career."
You can watch the entire interview above, and we encourage you to take notes. We can only imagine the world would be a much better place if we all just listened to Sarah Polley.