Children watching reruns of Ramona and Road to Avonlea probably have no idea that the wide eyed girl they’re seeing, would turn into one of the most fascinating contemporary actresses. Shying away from Hollywood productions - granted, she’s the greatest thing in the Dawn of the Dead remake - she is known partly as the woman who said no to being Penny Lane in Almost Famous (a part which eventually got Kate Hudson an Oscar nomination) to work on a small production in Canada.
In 2007 she adapted Alice Munro’s The Bear Came Over the Mountain and turned it into Away From Her, a wonderfully intimate drama about a woman’s battle with Alzheimers. The movie earned a bevy of awards for Julie Christie and scored Polley her first Oscar nomination for her layered screenplay. She would then direct Take This Waltz, a complex, tough romance starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen. Besides her film work, Polley is also known for her activism and political awareness. However she has also managed to maintain a low key profile and her personal life remains just that: absolutely private. Perhaps this is why her newest movie feels like an even bolder move?