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Sarah Polley

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Latest 2 Feb 2023 | Updated Daily

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Film director Sarah Polley, novelist Ann-Helen Laestadius and deep fakes on TV

Front Row

Director Sarah Polley discusses her latest film, Women Talking, nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Based on the true story of the women in a remote Mennonite colony who discovered men had been attacking the women in their community, the film focuses on their debate about what to do next. Deep Fake Neighbour Wars, the new ITVX comedy which uses digital technology to place international celebrities in suburban Britain, arrives at a time when the technology is under increasing scrutiny. Zoe Kleinman, the BBC’s Technology Editor, and television critic Scott Bryan review and discuss the issues raised by the new series.Swedish and Sami novelist Ann-Helen Laestadius talks about her bestselling novel, Stolen – a portrait of the plight of the reindeer-herding Indigenous Sámi people.Presenter: Samira AhmedProducer: Olivia Skinner


30 Jan 2023

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Episode 1403 - Sarah Polley

WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

Sarah Polley has a lot to say about memory, narratives and the stories we tell. That’s because she believes they’re all fluid, which creates a sort of moving target for a writer and director of films, as she is. Sarah and Marc talk about how this is represented in Sarah’s movies like Away from Her and her latest, Women Talking, and why she made a documentary about a particularly fraught and deceptive narrative from her own family. Sign up here for WTF+ to get the full show archives and weekly bonus material! https://plus.acast.com/s/wtf-with-marc-maron-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 20mins

23 Jan 2023

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Bonus: Interview with Sarah Polley

Podcast Like It's ...

Today on Podcast Like It’s…1999, we bring you a very special Bonus Interview with Sarah Polley!We discuss her films of 1999, and her recent work writing and directing for Women Talking! Twitter: twitter.com/podcastlikeits Instagram: instagram.com/podcastlikeits Reddit: reddit.com/r/podcastlikeitsPatreon: patreon.com/Podcastlikeits Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


7 Dec 2022

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#428 - Sarah Polley & Cast on Women Talking

Film at Lincoln Center Podcast

We welcomed director Sarah Polley, cast members Claire Foy, Rooney Mara, Judith Ivey, Sheila McCarthy, Michelle McLeod, Kate Hallett, & Liv McNeil, and producer Dede Gardner to present and discuss Women Talking, a Spotlight selection of this year’s festival, with NYFF Executive Director, Eugene Hernandez.Sarah Polley brings ferocious honesty and restrained urgency to her screen adaptation of Miriam Toews’s acclaimed novel about of a group of women from a remote religious community dealing with the aftermath of sexual assault perpetrated by the colony’s men. A film of ideas brought to life by Polley’s imaginative direction and a superb, fine-tuned ensemble cast—including Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Frances McDormand, Ben Whishaw, and Judith Ivey—Women Talking is a deep and searching exploration of self-determination, group responsibility, faith and forgiveness, philosophically engaging and emotionally rich in equal measure. A United Artists release.


12 Oct 2022

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Sarah Polley

Book Shambles

Not only is Sarah Polley an Academy Award nominated screenwriter and acclaimed actor and director, but she’s also written Robin’s favourite book of 2022 so far, Run Towards the Danger. In today’s episode she joins Robin to talk about the memoir, the childhood trauma of working with Terry Gilliam, trying to make film sets better for child actors and how sometimes things are actually better if you only give 80% instead of 100. To hear and extended version, support the show, and get all sorts of goodies, subscribe at patreon.com/bookshambles


21 Jul 2022

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Little Atoms 758 - Sarah Polley's Run Towards The Danger

Little Atoms

Sarah Polley talks to Neil about her essay collection Run Towards The Danger: Confrontations With A Body of Memory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


18 Jul 2022

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475: Run Towards the Danger | Sarah Polley

Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

Often, when you’re afraid of something, the best advice is deeply counterintuitive, not to mention inconvenient: to turn toward the source of your fear.Today we’re going to talk about the fear of confronting your own past with our guest Sarah Polley. Polley is an Oscar nominated filmmaker and actress who recently wrote a new book, called Run Towards the Danger: Confrontations with a Body of Memory. In her book, she explores the relationship between her past and present and how the two are in constant dialogue. In this episode we talk about: The story of her concussion and the unusual advice she got from a specialist that became not just a path to recovery, but a sort of personal credo, “run toward the danger”What we often do with our stories of childhood shame, and the immense power of talking about itHow she has come to stop seeing her anxiety as a stop signHer argument that the advice to “listen to your body” is not always the best adviceThe liberating potential of intentionally making uncharacteristic decisionsHer path to meditation and her current practiceAnd the limits of her own “run towards the danger” mantraFull Shownotes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/sarah-polley-475See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 4mins

18 Jul 2022

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Sarah Polley Rewrites Her Story

Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin

Sarah Polley is a storyteller – and a remarkable one. Whether as a precocious child actor in Road to Avonlea and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, as a documentarian unpacking her family history in Stories We Tell or as screenwriter and director of the Academy Award-nominated Away From Her, Polley is adept at portraying complex and honest depictions of humanity. And now, she is the author of a revealing and insightful collection of essays, Run Towards the Danger: Confrontations with a Body of Memory. The book pulls together reflections from challenging chapters in her life and career that explore how a change in approach can provide a path forward. Polley joins guest host Talia Schlanger for a candid and revelatory conversation that goes deep into Polley’s decision to pivot from a successful actor to writing and directing, to the difficulties she experienced working in Hollywood and the decision to step forward with her own #MeToo story.  Their discussion turns personal when Polley turns the tables on host Talia Schlanger and invites a discussion about Schlanger’s own experiences of #MeToo. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


21 Jun 2022

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How to run towards the danger with Sarah Polley

At The End Of The Day with Hannah Sung

How can we confront our own toughest life experiences? And is it wise to do so? In her new book, Run Towards The Danger, filmmaker, writer and activist Sarah Polley examines her own scariest life experiences. In this episode, Sarah and I talk about how telling your stories may change your relationships, the radical transformation of motherhood, and having support in place before diving into your past. There’s some heavy stuff in this episode but it’s not without laughs. Mental Health and Mindfulness:What is mindfulness? Mindfulness programs by the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto (CAMH) https://www.camh.ca/-/media/files/community-resource-sheets/mindfulness-resources-pdf.pdfCrisis Resources in the Greater Toronto Area from CAMH https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/crisis-resources Where to get help in Canada–Resources from Sunnybrook Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry https://sunnybrook.ca/content/?page=psychiatry-crisis-resources&rr=gethelp Relevant links:Subscribe to my newsletter: www.endoftheday.ca Instagram: www.instagram.com/at_the_eod Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ateod Do you know about The Period Purse? Learn about menstrual equity and donate today https://www.theperiodpurse.com/ Sarah’s twitter: twitter.com/realsarahpolley See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


11 May 2022

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The Story of Sarah Polley

Voices of The Walrus

Growing up, the actor, writer and director Sarah Polley was compeled to follow other people's scripts. Now, she's rewriting her own.


9 May 2022