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