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SARAH POLLEY (Writer/Director) has been writing and directing in Canada since 1999 when she made her directorial debut; she wrote, directed and produced the short films Don't Think Twice, starring Tom McCamus and Jennifer Podemski, and The Best Day of My Life. In 2001, she wrote, directed and co-produced I Shout Love, starring Kristen Thomson, who won an ACTRA Award for her performance. The film also won the 2003 Genie Award for Best Live Action Short Drama. In 2002, Sarah wrote and directed "The Harp," one of the episodes in the TV series The Shields Stories.
In 2007, Sarah wrote and directed Away from Her, starring Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent and Olympia Dukakis, adapted from the Alice Munro short story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain." In addition to two Academy Award nominations (Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress), Away from Her garnered a long list of awards from the London Critics' Circle (British Actress of the Year), Los Angeles Film Critics Association (New Generations Award), National Board of Review (Best Actress), National Society of Film Critics (Best Actress), New York Film Critics Circle (Best First Film, Best Actress), and the Online Film Critics Society (Breakthrough Filmmaker, Best Actress), as well as from the Central Ohio, Dallas-Fort Worth, Phoenix, Portland, Robert, San Diego, San Francisco, Sarasota, Sedona, Toronto and Washington film critics associations. Additionally, Away from Her earned a Chlotrudis Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, an SAG Award (Best Actress), a Golden Globe (Best Actress), seven Genie Awards (including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director), Best Feature Film and Best Direction from the Directors Guild of Canada and Best Feature Film from the Writers Guild of Canada. In 2010, Sarah wrote and directed her second feature, the romantic drama Take This Waltz, starring Michelle Williams, Luke Kirby, Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman.
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