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Full nameSarah Polley
Know asSatan, Sarah Polley, Polley, Sarah, Sarah "Fucking Nothing to do with Discovery" Polley, Dip Shitterson, Queen of Discovery, NSW HSC student murderer, Daughter of a cum-guzzler, Sarah Polley killer of year 12 students, Sarah "Discovery" Polley, Sarah Cum guzzler, Shoutout! HSC Discussion Group 2015., Crusher of Dreams 2k15, c==========3, Sarah "has nothing to do with discovery" Polley
Birth placeToronto, Ontario, Canada
Birth dateJanuary 08, 1979
Age38 years, 2 month, 10 days
Star signCapricorn
OccupationFilm director, actress, screenwriter, self-proclaimed mistress of all discovery, discoverer, the discovery queen, mother of discovery, khaleescovery
Height5' 2" (1.57 m)
SpouseDavid Wharnsby (divorced)

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Sarah E. Polley Template:Post-nominals (born January 8, 1979) is a Canadian actress and film director. Polley first attained notice in her role as Sara Stanley in the Canadian television series Road to Avonlea. She has also starred in such films as Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, Guinevere, Go, The Weight of Water, My Life Without Me, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Dawn of the Dead, Splice, and Mr. Nobody.Polley made her feature film directorial debut with Away from Her, for which she won a Genie Award for Best Achievement in Direction and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Polley's second film, Take This Waltz, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011. Her latest film, Stories We Tell, is her first feature-length documentary. It had its world premiere at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, and its North American premiere followed at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Toronto Film Critics Association awarded it the $100,000 prize for best Canadian film of the year.
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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Trigger2010/IIHillary
Splice2009Elsa Kast
Mr. Nobody2009Adult Elise
John Adams2008TV Mini-SeriesNabby Adams Nabby Adams Smith
Slings and Arrows2006TV SeriesSophie
Beowulf & Grendel2005Selma
The Secret Life of Words2005Hanna
Don't Come Knocking2005Sky
Siblings2004Tabby
Sugar2004/IPregnant Girl
The I Inside2004Clair
Dawn of the Dead2004Ana
Luck2003Margaret
Dermott's Quest2003ShortGwen
My Life Without Me2003Ann
The Event2003Dana Shapiro
No Such Thing2001Beatrice
The Claim2000Hope Burn
The Law of Enclosures2000Beatty 'Beatrice'
Love Come Down2000Sister Sarah
The Weight of Water2000Maren Hontvedt
This Might Be Good2000Short
The Industry1999TV SeriesRhonda
The Life Before This1999Connie
Go1999Ronna Martin
eXistenZ1999Merle
Guinevere1999Harper Sloane
Last Night1998/IJennifer 'Jenny' Wheeler
White Lies1998TV MovieCatherine Chapman
Jerry and Tom1998Deb
The Planet of Junior Brown1997Butter
The Hanging Garden1997Teen Rosemary
The Sweet Hereafter1997Nicole Burnell
Children First!1996
Joe's So Mean to Josephine1996Josephine
Straight Up1996TV SeriesLily
Avonlea1990-1996TV SeriesSara Stanley / Jo Pitts
Exotica1994Tracey
Take Another Look1994TV MovieAmy
The Hidden Room1993TV SeriesAlice
Johann's Gift to Christmas1991TV ShortAngel
Lantern Hill1989TV MovieJody Turner
Babar: The Movie1989Young Celeste (voice)
Ramona1988-1989TV SeriesRamona
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen1988Sally Salt
Friday the 13th: The Series1987TV SeriesMary
Blue Monkey1987Ellen
The Big Town1987Christy Donaldson
Hands of a Stranger1987TV MovieSuzie Hearn
Tomorrow's a Killer1987Karla
Screen Two1987TV Series
Confidential1986Emma
One Magic Christmas1985Molly Monaghan
Night Heat1985TV SeriesCindy Keating

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alias Grace2017TV Series teleplay by - 6 episodes pre-production
Stories We Tell2012Documentary written by
Take This Waltz2011written by
Away from Her2006written by
The Shields Stories2004TV Mini-Series screenplay - 1 episode
I Shout Love2001Short
The Best Day of My Life1999Short screenplay
Don't Think Twice1999Short writer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stories We Tell2012Documentary
Take This Waltz2011
Away from Her2006
The Shields Stories2004TV Mini-Series 1 episode
All I Want for Christmas2002Short
I Shout Love2001Short
The Best Day of My Life1999Short
Don't Think Twice1999Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alias Grace2017TV Series producer pre-production
A Better Man2016Documentary executive producer post-production
Secret Path2016TV Movie executive producer
Take This Waltz2011producer
Don't Think Twice1999Short co-producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sweet Hereafter1997"One More Colour", "Courage" / lyrics: "Dog Track Drizzle", "Boy" / music: "The Sweet Hereafter"

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stories We Tell2012Documentary additional camera

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Guinevere1999vocalist

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
96 Minutes2011special thanks
The Madness and Misadventures of Munchausen2008Video documentary special thanks
YPF2007special thanks
Silver Road2006Short very special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Reel Herstory: The Real Story of Reel Women2014DocumentaryHerself - Interviewee
Last Call with Carson Daly2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Stories We Tell2012DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Días de cine2011TV SeriesHerself
A Director's Playground: Vincenzo Natali on the Set of Splice2010Video documentary shortHerself
Made in Hollywood2010TV SeriesHerself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2010TV Series
The Hour2010TV SeriesHerself
Whatever Happened To?2010TV SeriesHerself
Northern Lights2009DocumentaryHerself
The Madness and Misadventures of Munchausen2008Video documentaryHerself - 'Sally Salt'
28th Annual Genie Awards2008TV SpecialHerself - Nominee / Winner of Adapted Screenplay
An Evening at the Academy Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
The 80th Annual Academy Awards2008TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Adapted Screenplay
Entertainment Tonight Canada2007TV SeriesHerself
Wrath of Gods2006DocumentaryHerself
Canada A.M.2006TV SeriesHerself
El Magacine2005TV SeriesHerself
Corazón de...2005TV SeriesHerself
Buenafuente2005TV SeriesHerself
Surviving the Dawn2004Video documentaryHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2004TV SeriesHerself
Life and Times2001TV Series documentaryNarrator
The 2000 Canadian Comedy Awards2000TV SpecialHerself (Pretty Funny Actress)
Mr. Dressup's 25th Anniversary1994TV MovieHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
59 Festival de Cine de San Sebastián - Gala de clausura2011TV MovieHerself
El orfanato llega a Hollywood2007TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The 2006 European Film Awards2006TV SpecialHanna
50 premios Sant Jordi de cinematografía2006TV SpecialHanna (uncredited)
XX premios Goya2006TV SpecialHanna / Ann
Venecia 2005: Crónica de Carlos Boyero2005TV MovieHanna
Attack of the Living Dead2004Video shortAna (uncredited)
Weird Sex and Snowshoes: A Trek Through the Canadian Cinematic Psyche2004TV Movie documentaryNicole
Happy Christmas, Miss King1998TV MovieSara Stanley
Friday the 13th: The Series1988TV SeriesMary

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014Cinema Eye Honors AwardCinema Eye Honors Awards, USOutstanding Achievement in DirectionStories We Tell (2012)
2014CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsBest Documentary - International CompetitionStories We Tell (2012)
2014WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Documentary ScreenplayStories We Tell (2012)
2013EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Documentary Feature FilmStories We Tell (2012)
2013Best DocumentaryBratislava International Film FestivalStories We Tell (2012)
2013Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CABest Feature Length DocumentaryStories We Tell (2012)· Anita Lee
2013Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Original ScreenplayTake This Waltz (2011)
2013DGC Team AwardDirectors Guild of CanadaAllan King Award For Excellence in DocumentaryStories We Tell (2012)· Mike Munn
· David Forsyth
2013LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest Documentary/Non-Fiction FilmStories We Tell (2012)
2013TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest Canadian FilmStories We Tell (2012)
2012Documentary Film CompetitionAbu Dhabi Film FestivalSpecial Jury AwardStories We Tell (2012)
2012Grand Prix FocusFestival du nouveau cinémaFeature FilmStories We Tell (2012)
2008COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBreakthrough Film ArtistAway from Her (2006)
2008Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayAway from Her (2006)
2008GenieGenie AwardsBest Achievement in DirectionAway from Her (2006)
2008GenieGenie AwardsBest Screenplay, AdaptedAway from Her (2006)
2008Claude Jutra AwardGenie AwardsAway from Her (2006)
2008OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest First FeatureAway from Her (2006)
2008OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Breakthrough FilmmakerAway from Her (2006)
2007EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Writing, Adapted ScreenplayAway from Her (2006)
2007EDA Special Mention AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Leap from Actress to DirectorAway from Her (2006)
2007EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Woman DirectorAway from Her (2006)
2007EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsWomen's Image AwardAway from Her (2006)
2007DGC Craft AwardDirectors Guild of CanadaDirection - Feature FilmAway from Her (2006)
2007DGC Team AwardDirectors Guild of CanadaFeature FilmAway from Her (2006)· Daniel J. Murphy (1st asst director)
· Alan McKenna (2nd asst. director)
· Ben Marrello (3rd asst. director)
· Ted Miller (production manager)
· Doug Gillespie (production accountant)
· David Wharnsby (picture editor)
· Ed Goldin (first general accountant)
· Jeff Nelson (location manager)
· Randy Morgan (assistant location manager)
· Benno Tutter (art director)
· Kathy Choi (sound editor)
· Chuck Kahn (first assistant picture editor)
· David McCallum (supervising dialogue editor)
· Sue Conley (dialogue editor)
· David Rose (sound effects editor)
· Kathleen Climie (production designer)
· Jane Tattersall
2007ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest First FeatureAway from Her (2006)
2007New Generation AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsAway from Her (2006)
2007NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest First FilmAway from Her (2006)
2007NYFCO AwardNew York Film Critics, OnlineBest Debut as DirectorAway from Her (2006)
2007PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBreakthrough Behind the CameraAway from Her (2006)
2007Audience AwardPortland International Film FestivalAway from Her (2006)
2007SFFCC AwardSan Francisco Film Critics CircleBest Adapted ScreenplayAway from Her (2006)
2007Audience AwardSarasota Film FestivalBest in World CinemaAway from Her (2006)
2007Excellence in FilmmakingSedona International Film FestivalAway from Her (2006)
2007Holden Award for Best Script - Special MentionTorino Film FestivalAway from Her (2006)
2007TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest First FeatureAway from Her (2006)
2007WFCC AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Movie by a WomanAway from Her (2006)
2007WGC AwardWriters Guild of CanadaFeature FilmAway from Her (2006)
2006ACTRA Toronto Award of ExcellenceACTRA Awards
2006Best Canadian First FeatureCinéfest SudburyAway from Her (2006)
2004Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActressMy Life Without Me (2003)
2004GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleMy Life Without Me (2003)
2004VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Actress - Canadian FilmMy Life Without Me (2003)
2003GenieGenie AwardsBest Live Action Short DramaI Shout Love (2001)· Meredith Caplan
· Jennifer Weiss
2000Canadian Comedy AwardCanadian Comedy AwardsFilm - Performance - FemaleGo (1999)
1998GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or SeriesStraight Up (1996)
1997BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Sweet Hereafter (1997)
1997NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Acting by an EnsembleThe Sweet Hereafter (1997)· Ian Holm
· Caerthan Banks
· Tom McCamus
· Gabrielle Rose
· Alberta Watson
· Maury Chaykin
· Stephanie Morgenstern
1992GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleLantern Hill (1989)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest DirectorStories We Tell (2012)
2014Cinema Eye Honors AwardCinema Eye Honors Awards, USOutstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature FilmmakingStories We Tell (2012)· Anita Lee
2014Cinema Eye Audience Choice PrizeCinema Eye Honors Awards, USStories We Tell (2012)
2014DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in DocumentaryStories We Tell (2012)
2014Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsDocumentary FeatureStories We Tell (2012)
2013EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Woman DirectorTake This Waltz (2011)
2013EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Woman ScreenwriterTake This Waltz (2011)
2013EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Woman DirectorStories We Tell (2012)
2013EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Woman ScreenwriterStories We Tell (2012)
2013Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest DirectorTake This Waltz (2011)
2013IDA AwardInternational Documentary AssociationBest FeatureStories We Tell (2012)· Anita Lee (producer)
2013Halfway AwardInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best DirectorStories We Tell (2012)
2013Festival PrizeMilwaukee Film FestivalBest FilmStories We Tell (2012)
2013Golden Space Needle AwardSeattle International Film FestivalBest DirectorStories We Tell (2012)
2013Sydney Film PrizeSydney Film FestivalBest FilmStories We Tell (2012)
2013VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Director - Canadian FilmStories We Tell (2012)
2013VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Screenplay - Canadian FilmStories We Tell (2012)
2013Robert and Frances Flaherty PrizeYamagata International Documentary Film FestivalStories We Tell (2012)
2012Black Pearl AwardAbu Dhabi Film FestivalBest Documentary FeatureStories We Tell (2012)
2012Politiken's Audience AwardCPH:DOXStories We Tell (2012)
2012DFCS AwardDetroit Film Critic Society, USBest DirectorTake This Waltz (2011)
2012DGC Craft AwardDirectors Guild of CanadaDirection - Feature FilmTake This Waltz (2011)
2012Art Cinema AwardHamburg Film FestivalTake This Waltz (2011)
2012SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScreenplayTake This Waltz (2011)
2011Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest ActressSplice (2009)
2011Golden SeashellSan Sebastián International Film FestivalBest FilmTake This Waltz (2011)
2009RobertRobert FestivalBest Non-American Film (Årets ikke-amerikanske film)Away from Her (2006)
2008OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Adapted ScreenplayAway from Her (2006)
2008Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActressThe Secret Life of Words (2005)
2008Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest DirectorAway from Her (2006)
2008Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsAdapted ScreenplayAway from Her (2006)
2008OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest First ScreenplayAway from Her (2006)
2008Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionJohn Adams (2008)
2007EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest DirectorAway from Her (2006)
2007EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Woman ScreenwriterAway from Her (2006)
2007EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsOutstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film IndustryAway from Her (2006)
2007CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising FilmmakerAway from Her (2006)
2007DFCS AwardDetroit Film Critic Society, USBest NewcomerAway from Her (2006)
2007GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic SeriesSlings and Arrows (2003)
2007Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest DirectorAway from Her (2006)
2007Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Screenplay, AdaptedAway from Her (2006)
2007International Jury AwardSão Paulo International Film FestivalBest Feature FilmAway from Her (2006)
2007International New Talent Competition - Grand PrizeTaipei Film FestivalAway from Her (2006)
2007Prize of the City of TorinoTorino Film FestivalBest Feature FilmAway from Her (2006)
2006Barcelona Film AwardBarcelona Film AwardsBest Actress (Millor Actriu)The Secret Life of Words (2005)
2006CEC AwardCinema Writers Circle Awards, SpainBest Actress (Mejor Actriz)The Secret Life of Words (2005)
2006European Film AwardEuropean Film AwardsEuropean ActressThe Secret Life of Words (2005)
2004GoyaGoya AwardsBest Lead Actress (Mejor Actriz Principal)My Life Without Me (2003)
2002Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Claim (2000)
2002GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleThe Law of Enclosures (2000)
2000Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActressGo (1999)
2000Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting FemaleGo (1999)
1999Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsFilm - Breakout PerformanceGo (1999)
1998CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Sweet Hereafter (1997)
1998CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising ActressThe Sweet Hereafter (1997)
1998Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActressThe Sweet Hereafter (1997)
1998GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-SeriesWhite Lies (1998)
1998GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-SeriesThe Planet of Junior Brown (1997)
1997GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleThe Sweet Hereafter (1997)
1997GenieGenie AwardsBest Original SongThe Sweet Hereafter (1997)· Mychael Danna
1994GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic RoleRoad to Avonlea (1990)
1993GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic RoleRoad to Avonlea (1990)
1993Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress Starring in a Cable SeriesRoad to Avonlea (1990)
1991Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress Starring in an Off-Primetime SeriesRoad to Avonlea (1990)
1990GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance by a Lead Actress in a Continuing Dramatic RoleRoad to Avonlea (1990)
1990Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress Starring in a Motion PictureThe Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
1988GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance by a Lead Actress in a Continuing Dramatic RoleRamona (1988)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest ActressDawn of the Dead (2004)
1998NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActressThe Sweet Hereafter (1997)
1998TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest Performance, FemaleThe Sweet Hereafter (1997)


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#Fact
1As of August 2014 she had 2nd daughter with her 2nd husband David Sandomierski.
2Gave birth to her 1st child at age 33, a daughter named Eve Sandomierski on February 7, 2012. Child's father is her 2nd husband, David Sandomierski.
3On her mother's side, Sarah has Scottish and Northern Irish ancestry. Sarah's biological father, Harry Gulkin, is the son of Russian Jewish immigrants.
4She visited Argentina to be part of the member of jury in Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2008. [November 2008]
5Younger half-sister of Susy Buchan and John Buchan. They share the same mother, Diane Polley.
6Half-sister of Mark Polley and Joanna Polley.
7Directed one Oscar nominated performance: Julie Christie in Away from Her (2006).
8Actress Rebecca Jenkins, who plays Polley's mother in Stories We Tell (2012), was a good friend of Polley's mother.
9Recently revealed that she was conceived during an extramarital affair conducted by her mother Diane Polley and that Michael Polley is not her biological father. The revelation of this is at the core of her new documentary film Stories We Tell (2012).
10Ex-sister-in-law of Tim Wharnsby.
11Ex-daughter-in-law of Marnie Wharnsby and Bill Wharnsby.
12Member of jury at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival in 2008.
13Was offered the female lead in the film The Bourne Identity (2002) but declined the part.
14Served on the mayor of Toronto's transition team in 2003.
15Dec. 2007 - Ranked 49 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.
16Was presented with the Dallas Star Award at the 2007 AFI Dallas Film Festival.
17Has lived on her own since she was fourteen years old.
18Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007.
19Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.
20Was chosen by Variety as one of "10 Directors to Watch" (January 2007).
21She had intended her feature film debut to be "Itchy", based on a script she wrote about a 12-year-old actress starring on a television series. However, she was unable to get the project green-lighted, and turned to another property she had, an adaptation of one of her favorite short stories, Alice Munro's "The Bear Came Over the Mountain". The story, which deals with a couple dealing with the wife's Alzheimer's disease, appealed to her as her own grandmother had suffered from the affliction.
22Has worked with the legendary actress Julie Christie three times: Polley co-starred with her in No Such Thing (2001) and the Goya Award-winning "La Vida secreta de las palabras" (The Secret Life of Words (2005)), and Christie is playing the lead in Polley's first feature film as a director, Away from Her (2006). Polley is impressed by not only with Christie's talent, but praises her intelligence and independence. After appearing with her in No Such Thing (2001), Polley -- who lost her mother when she was 11 years old -- said that Christie had become one of her surrogate mothers.
23On February 24, 2006, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists awarded her the Award of Excellence for a critically acclaimed career at the 2006 ACTRA Toronto Awards. ACTRA's Toronto chapter, the union's largest, has approximately 21,000 members.
24Provided vocals on two tracks for The Sweet Hereafter (1997) soundtrack. The Tragically Hip's "Courage" and Jane Siberry's "One More Colour".
25In November 2005, it was announced that the Harold Greenberg Fund was financially backing 24 film scripts in development, including one by Polley. She is adapting the Alice Munro short story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain", which has been optioned by Pulling Focus Pictures. Rechristened Away from Her (2006), the story is about a faithful husband married to a woman who, afflicted by Alzheimer's disease, unknowingly betrays him.
26One of five children, her birth came eight years after that of her youngest sibling, when her parents were in their mid-forties.
27Both Sarah and her first husband, David Wharnsby, won 2004 Genie Awards, she for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for My Life Without Me (2003), and he for Outstanding Achievement in Editing for The Saddest Music in the World (2003).
28Her step-father, Michael Polley, said of his famously independent daughter in 1997, "She was at her best when she was out of kilter with society in some way.".
29Atom Egoyan, who directed her in Exotica (1994) and The Sweet Hereafter (1997), originally considered casting Polley as the character Felicia in Felicia's Journey (1999). After talking it over with her, they jointly decided that she should not take the role as her intelligence and awareness were antithetical to the character, who remains quite unconscious of other characters' motivations.
30Names White Zombie (1932) and George A. Romero's Living Dead films as her favorite zombie movies.
31Appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999) on the 15th of March 2004 to promote the film Dawn of the Dead (2004). She stated that it was her first appearance on an American late-night talk show.
32Appointed to transition advisory group by new Toronto mayor David Miller
33Attending the Canadian Film Centre's director's program. [2001]
34Was originally cast as Penny Lane in Almost Famous (2000). When she dropped out of the film because she did not feel comfortable with the role, writer-director Cameron Crowe considered canceling the film.
35When she was 12, during the first Gulf war, she attended a children's awards show in Washington, DC, and was seated at a table with some representatives from the Walt Disney Company. They asked her to remove a peace symbol that she was wearing but she refused. Disney has blacklisted her ever since.
36Lost some back teeth at a rally, in a violent clash between police and protesters.
37Mother died when she was 11.
38In 1994 had surgery to correct scoliosis.
39Dropped out of high school to become a political activist for Socialist groups. Was attacked by police at a political protest at Queens Park in 1995.
40The youngest of five children. Mother, Diane Polley and step-father Michael Polley were actors and she had her first audition at age 5. She debuted in films at age 6 with One Magic Christmas (1985).

#Quote
1[on directing Gordon Pinsent in 'Away from Her'] He learned the crew list with the same intensity as he learned his lines. He makes everyone feel so appreciated. He is also one of the funniest people I have ever met.. I think he brings such depth and humanity to the characters he plays. In 'Away from Her' he is the centre of the film. He is in almost every single frame. If the film works at all it is because of him.
2[on Stories We Tell (2012)] I was exploring the themes of infidelity and long-term relationships in both my previous features and all of my short films. And now that I've made a movie about where the interest came from, subconsciously, I wonder if I now have to make fundamentally different films. Having thrown the form up in the air to see where it landed - playing with structure in very different ways than I had before - it's going to be hard to make a straightforward film again.
3[on Rebecca Jenkins, who plays Polley's mother in Stories We Tell (2012)] Rebecca is an astonishing actress. She's done such an amazing job that a lot of people don't realize, until the very end of the film, that those scenes are re-creations. It's a strange thing when an actor is so good you want to hide the fact that she's in your movie.
4If there is one thing I have learned, it's to embrace the mess of life. None of us knows what our stories truly are. And if it's possible to have the calm and grace to accept that the truth is somewhere in the middle of that cacophony - then that's what I aspire to now.
5[on the polarized response by audiences to adulterous women in films] Men do that in movies all the time. We all love "Don Draper" [Mad Men (2007)] and look what he did. But any kind of sexual restlessness in a woman makes people deeply uncomfortable.
6I think young girls are done a disservice when they are read fairy tales and given the fantasy of happily ever after. We're always told about the beginning and the end of a relationship, but what about the middle?
7I'm fascinated by desire. I think, obviously, there's a biological drive that cannot be denied. It's completely human to be drawn towards desire, but I think desire can sometimes fill a gap for us in a way that nothing else can. That's why it's so addictive.
8I don't think we are prepared culturally for the idea that, once the 'happily ever after' happens, there are a lot of complications and sometimes boredom and all kinds of other things. That's not to say everyone should just stay in a long-term relationship. Certainly that's not the case. But I do feel we are ill-equipped when that first flame of passion dwindles.
9[on Take This Waltz (2011)] Seth Rogen is the easiest person to get along with on the planet. He's also the only one I had in mind when I was writing. He has a depth and a goodness to him that shines through in every role.
10I think it takes a lot of focus and determination to stay in a relationship with film and acting that's productive and stimulating. Acting can be the most shallow, vapid things you can do with your life, but it can also be one of the most profound experiences in the world. Even my experience acting as a child is something I'm very ambiguous about. I'm not sure it was the best way for me to spend my time. But at the same time, I probably wouldn't be where I am now without it. And I'm very happy with where I am now.
11I think that what a lot of first-time filmmakers don't realize is that they are the least experienced person on that set. Everybody else has been doing their job for years, so the whole act of playing the filmmaker, playing the person in command, is a charade.
12[on being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Away from Her (2006)] I'm in total disbelief. I'm thrilled but kind of in shock too. It's been such a strange year and I'm bowled over by the life of the film. It's more than I could have ever hoped. This now adds a very surreal element to it.
13That's something I find is really missing in films that portray love between people in their 60s or 70s. It generally lacks chemistry, like somehow that's all died away, and that's just not my experience of people in their 60s and 70s, that that whole part of yourself disappears somehow. It's a really pessimistic and inaccurate attitude that a lot of films have had, so it was really important for me to have that vibrancy between them, because I've seen it in relationships that have lasted that long. And I haven't seen it very often in films" - 2007 AP interview on Away from Her (2006).
14It was the opposite kind of love than we usually celebrate in films, which is new love without knowledge and without hardship. It's the whole idea of love after life has had its way with you, and after you have kind of failed each other and things have gone off the rails. Yet love still somehow exists between them" - 2007 AP interview on Away from Her (2006).
15[on movie critics] "There are a few who are not nice and they say things that are harsh...but they always help me to become a better actor."
16[on herself and other Canadian actors & filmmakers, such as director-actor-writer Don McKellar, who stayed in Canada rather than go Hollywood and make movies in the U.S.] "If Canadian films don't have a purpose, then what are we still doing here? We're beginning to freak out a little. Why make a commitment with so little reward? The Canadian films out there have been so weak, it's been kind of depressing".
17The reason why I stayed in Canada had everything to do with the kind of films we used to make before the commercial mandate came in effect at Telefilm. They were films that asserted an independent vision of the world. They weren't just cheap versions of American genre films...but movies that spoke to the human condition. Now, I'm beginning to wonder why I stayed and if it was a huge mistake.
18"I think you have to keep your distance from mainstream Hollywood in order to be a normal human being. I mean, I work there, and I like being there, but I love having an anonymous life. I think there's definitely such a thing as being too famous.
19If you have the opportunity to do things which have some meaning I don't know why you would choose to do other things. I understand that many people don't have that opportunity but I do right now so I'm happy to hold out for the films which have something to contribute.
20[on filming The Sweet Hereafter (1997)] "I was so young then, 18. I'm really comfortable in sadness so I don't get depressed doing stuff like that. I actually find it invigorating. It was an amazing experience. Atom Egoyan is a filmmaker who I really respect and I felt like I had his trust".
21{On her marriage to David Wharnsby} "My relationship is the thing I'm proudest of in my life. I had a lot of opportunities to end up in some pretty bad situations and, despite all my faults, I had the sense to find someone like him and make the decision to be with him. You spend a lot of time wanting to be with the wrong person and I just feel incredibly lucky because I've succeeding at that one thing. I figured that out".
22It takes terrible things to live well.
23On her film Dawn of the Dead (2004) going up against Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (2004) head-to-head at the box office: "They've got only one guy who comes back from the dead. We've got millions".
24I missed out on a traditional childhood but I had something else that got me to what I am doing today. I can't say I regret it but I certainly wouldn't let my child act at an early age.
25The guy who taught me to use the shotgun was a complete gun nut. I asked, 'Is the safety on when it's to the right or off when it's to the right?' And he said, 'The way I like to remember it is right is safe, like the government, and left is unsafe, like the people we are shooting at.' And I'm thinking, 'I'm in a room with my worst nightmare who's teaching me how to shoot a shotgun. How did this happen to me?'
26I started acting when I was four. My first experience on a film set was in dead of winter. Now I realise that almost every film I've ever been in is like that. It was the beginning of a long career of incredibly cold, sparse, barren landscapes.
27I always think it's a bit of a joke when I get described as an activist. Really, for two or three months of my year I organise stuff, but I'm not as involved as I used to be.
28"I was pretty uninterested in acting until I was about 17. I wanted to go to university and never think about acting again. I'd been very politically involved for a couple of years and I wanted a break, so I did The Sweet Hereafter (1997) in 1997. But I ended up completely falling in love with acting".
29It is important to me to stay in Canada. I used to think it was because I thought it was important to build up an indigenous film industry - but now I realise I'm incapable of living anywhere else. I'm a real homebody.


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