Sarah Polley to Tackle Adaptation of Atwood’s “Alias Grace”
This is a Canadian dream come true – (Canadian) director and actress Sarah Polley has signed on to direct a film adaptation of legendary (Canadian) author Margaret Atwood’s historical novel about a true double murder (in Canada).
Alias Grace is historical fiction. Based on the real-life double murder of farmer Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper Nancy Montgomery in 1943, in Richmond Hill, Ontario. At the heart of the story is Simon Jordan, a fictional doctor charged with researching the murders and investigating the two servants convicted of the crime.
Sarah Polley, best known for her acting work in Canadian television show Road to Avonlea and in feature films such as Go, eXistenZ, Splice and Dawn of the Dead, is also no stranger to directing – the ever-talented and surprising Polley also directed the beautiful film Away From Her, adapted from a short story by Alice Munro. The adaptation resulted in an Oscar nomination for Polley for best adapted screenplay.
I look forward to this one.