Sarah Polley

Sarah Polley

Essays | Feminism

Sarah Polley is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, director and actor. After making short films, Polley made her feature-length directorial debut with the drama film Away from Her in 2006. She received an Oscar nomination for the screenplay, which she’d adapted from the Alice Munro story ‘The Bear Came Over the Mountain’. Her other projects include the documentary film Stories We Tell (2012), which won the New York Film Critics Circle prize and the National Board of Review award for best documentary; the miniseries adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel Alias Grace (2017); and the romantic comedy Take This Waltz (2011). As a child she starred in the long-running children’s series Road to Avonlea and in Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. @realsarahpolley

Run Towards the Danger: Confrontations with a Body of Memory

Run Towards the Danger: Confrontations with a Body of Memory

‘Fascinating, harrowing, courageous, and deeply felt, these explorations of  “dangerous stories”, harmful past events and trials of the soul speak to all who’ve encountered dark waters and have had to navigate them.’

MARGARET ATWOOD

‘These brilliant essays (and Sarah Polley, with her melioristic heart and empathic eye) urge us, by example, towards the examined life, the life worth living, and give us a jolt of energy to muster the courage and compassion needed to live it.’

MIRIAM TOEWS, AUTHOR OF WOMEN TALKING

‘Insightful, honest, full of humour and compassion, I loved these beautifully written essays on memory, performance and growing older.’

David Nicholls, screenwriter and author of One Day, Us and Sweet Sorrow
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‘[Polley is] a stunningly sophisticated observer of the world and an imperfect witness to the truth.’

NEW YORK TIMES

 

‘This is a visceral and incisive collection of six propulsive personal essays that address the exploitation of child actors, the slippery nature of memory, sexual assault, high-risk pregnancy and premature birth, grief, motherhood, and Polley’s three-year recovery from […] concussion.’

VANITY FAIR

 

‘Sarah Polley understands that questions of conscience are inseparable from the terrors and tenderness of the body, and that courage – moral or physical – is not fearlessness but our relationship to fear. How we confront pain, how we determine what is safe, how we comprehend the depth and limits of our responsibility to others and to ourselves – these are exacting, keening questions. This is a powerful and moving book, both in its seeking and its wisdom.’

ANNE MICHAELS, AUTHOR OF  FUGITIVE PIECES AND THE WINTER VAULT

 
‘The prose writers I love most for their style and voice are Elvis Mitchell, A.O. Scott, Sarah Polley, Ocean Vuong, Mary Karr and Stephen King.’

Selma Blair, New York Times