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      Sarah Polley

      Sarah Polley

      Highest Rated: 98% The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

      Lowest Rated: 31% No Such Thing (2001)

      Birthday: Jan 8, 1979

      Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Actress-writer-director Sarah Polley's diverse career has taken her from child star in her native Canada to an acclaimed filmmaker and performer, whose refusal to conform to Hollywood conventions allowed her a creative freedom enjoyed by few of her contemporaries. Polley began acting at an early age, but a traumatic experience under director Terry Gilliam in "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" (1988), a growing disillusionment with the industry, and a series of personal upheavals led a teenage Polley to reconsider her chosen profession during the early 1990s. She returned to deliver an emotionally devastating performance in Atom Egoyan's heartrending drama "The Sweet Hereafter" (1997) and later took part in genre fare such as Zack Snyder's caffeinated zombie remake, "Dawn of the Dead" (2005). A growing interest in filmmaking eventually yielded Polley's debut as a writer-director, "Away from Her" (2006), an affecting drama that garnered widespread critical acclaim. Although she still acted in projects such as the sci-fi horror story "Splice" (2009), Polley continued to grow as a writer-director with her second feature "Take This Waltz" (2011), starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, and "Stories We Tell" (2012), an inventive documentary about her own childhood. Immeasurably talented and fiercely independent, Polley bravely continued to pursue her own artistic inclinations as an actor and filmmaker.

      Highest rated movies

      The Sweet Hereafter
      Stories We Tell
      Exotica
      The Hanging Garden
      Go The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
      Trigger
      Guinevere

      Photos

      THE EVENT, Olympia Dukakis, Sarah Polley, 2002, (c) ThinkFilm NO SUCH THING, Sarah Polley, Robert John Burke, 2002, (c) United Artists GO, (back to front) Katie Holmes, Timothy Olyphant, Sarah Polley, 1999, (c) Columbia STORIES WE TELL, director Sarah Polley, 2012. ©Roadside Attractions STORIES WE TELL, director Sarah Polley, 2012. ©Roadside Attractions DON'T COME KNOCKING, Sarah Polley, Sam Shepard, Tim Roth, 2005, (c) Sony Pictures Classics NO SUCH THING, Robert John Burke, Sarah Polley, 2002 (c) United Artists. GO, Sarah Polley, 1999, (c) Columbia MY LIFE WITHOUT ME, Scott Speedman, Sarah Polley, 2003, (c) Sony Pictures Classics SPLICE, from left: Sarah Polley, Adrien Brody, 2009. ©Senator Film STORIES WE TELL, from left: director Sarah Polley, Michael Polley, 1980s, 2012. ©Roadside Attractions DON'T COME KNOCKING, Sarah Polley, 2005, (c) Sony Pictures Classics DON'T COME KNOCKING, Sarah Polley, 2005, (c) Sony Pictures Classics DON'T COME KNOCKING, Sarah Polley, Fairuza Balk, Gabriel Mann, 2005, (c) Sony Pictures Classics DON'T COME KNOCKING, Sarah Polley, 2005, (c) Sony Pictures Classics GO, Sarah Polley, 1999 EXISTENZ, Sarah Polley, 1999, (c) Dimension Films SPLICE, from left: Sarah Polley, Adrien Brody, 2009. ph: Steve Wilkie/©Warner Bros THE SECRET LIFE OF WORDS, (aka LA VIDA SECRETA DE LAS PALABRAS), Tim Robbins, Sarah Polley, 2005, ©Focus Features THE SECRET LIFE OF WORDS, (aka LA VIDA SECRETA DE LAS PALABRAS), Sarah Polley, 2005, ©Focus Features

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      90% 80% Women Talking Director,
      Screenwriter
      $5.4M 2022
      95% 79% Stories We Tell Unknown (Character),
      Director,
      Writer
      $1.6M 2012
      79% 58% Take This Waltz Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $1.2M 2011
      88% 64% Trigger Hillary (Character) - 2010
      68% 76% Mr. Nobody Elise Adult (Character) $3.6K 2009
      75% 37% Splice Elsa (Character) $17.0M 2009
      No Score Yet 88% Wrath of Gods Unknown (Character) - 2006
      94% 81% Away From Her Director,
      Writer
      $4.5M 2006
      69% 86% The Secret Life of Words Hanna (Character) $20.0K 2005
      43% 60% Don't Come Knocking Sky (Character) $438.7K 2005
      50% 40% Beowulf & Grendel Selma (Character) $66.9K 2005
      43% 43% The I Inside Clair (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 66% Siblings Tabby (Character) - 2004
      78% 61% Sugar Pregnant Girl (Character) - 2004
      76% 77% Dawn of the Dead Ana (Character) $58.9M 2004
      65% 87% My Life Without Me Ann (Character),
      Director
      $395.6K 2003
      44% 52% The Event Dana (Character) $35.5K 2003
      43% 38% Luck Margaret (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 33% The Law of Enclosures Beatrice (Character) - 2001
      31% 59% No Such Thing Beatrice (Character) $60.0K 2001
      34% 38% The Weight of Water Maren Hontvedt (Character) $102.6K 2000
      62% 49% The Claim Hope Dillon (Character) $622.0K 2000
      No Score Yet 53% Love Come Down Sister Sarah (Character) - 2000
      80% 62% The Life Before This Connie (Character) - 1999
      86% 53% Guinevere Harper Sloane (Character) $614.2K 1999
      75% 69% eXistenZ Merle (Character) $2.8M 1999
      91% 78% Go Ronna Martin (Character) $16.8M 1999
      85% 85% Last Night Jennifer 'Jenny' Wheeler (Character) $493.5K 1998
      75% 71% Jerry and Tom Deb (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet White Lies Catherine Chapman (Character) - 1998
      94% 71% The Hanging Garden Teen Rosemary (Character) $965.3K 1997
      No Score Yet 67% The Planet of Junior Brown Butter (Character) - 1997
      98% 86% The Sweet Hereafter Nicole (Character) $4.4M 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Joe's So Mean to Josephine Josephine (Character) - 1996
      95% 83% Exotica Tracey Brown (Character) $5.0M 1994
      No Score Yet 92% Lantern Hill Jody Turner (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Road to Avonlea Sara Stanley (Character) - 1990
      90% 82% The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Sally Salt (Character) $8.6M 1989

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2022
      99% 88% Alias Grace Producer,
      Writer
      2017
      82% 87% John Adams Abigail Adams Smith (Character) 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet An Avonlea Christmas Sara Stanley (Character) 1990-1996
      No Score Yet 68% Friday the 13th: The Series Unknown (Guest Star) 1987