Danc­ing with the stars

Cana­dian film­maker Sarah Pol­ley has also paid her dues on the other side of the cam­era, writes Vicky Roach

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WITH the re­lease of Take This Waltz, a bit­ter­sweet ro­mance star­ring Michelle Williams and Seth Ro­gen, Sarah Pol­ley has fi­nally started to act her age.

A pre­co­cious tal­ent, Pol­ley made her act­ing de­but at the ten­der age of four.

At 11, she was rapped over the knuck­les by Dis­ney for be­ing too out­spo­ken – although she now says that ru­mours of a black­list­ing were some­what ex­ag­ger­ated.

‘‘ Cer­tainly some­thing hap­pened when I was 11 where I was told not to make po­lit­i­cal state­ments when rep­re­sent­ing Dis­ney, but I am not sure they ac­tu­ally black­listed me,’’ she says.

‘‘ I think that might have been some­thing my 12- year- old self thought was a pretty good story and ran with.’’

A few years later, Pol­ley quit high school and put her act­ing ca­reer on hold to con­cen­trate on so­cial ac­tivism ( los­ing a cou­ple of teeth to the fist of an On­tario po­lice­man dur­ing one protest).

She made her ‘‘ come­back’’, at the age of 18, in Atom Egoyan’s ac­claimed art house film The Sweet Here­after ( 1997).

Given Pol­ley’s his­tory, it’s not en­tirely sur­pris­ing that her di­rec­to­rial de­but, Away From Her, proved to be the work of a film­maker wise beyond her years.

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