Alias Grace TV se­ries gave At­wood ‘real night­mares’

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Mar­garet At­wood says the up­com­ing TV adap­ta­tion of her ac­claimed his­tor­i­cal novel Alias Grace is “very pow­er­ful” and gave her “real night­mares.”

The lit­er­ary le­gend is among the stars dis­cussing new projects at the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Festival.

At­wood was joined at a press con­fer­ence by screen­writer Sarah Pol­ley, who says the six-part se­ries ar­rives at “an in­ter­est­ing mo­ment for women.”

Sarah Gadon stars as Grace Marks, a young Ir­ish im­mi­grant and maid convicted of mur­der in Up­per Canada in 1843. She was ex­on­er­ated af­ter about 30 years be­hind bars.

It’s yet an­other ma­jor smallscreen adap­ta­tion of At­wood’s work this year, fol­low­ing The Hand­maid’s Tale on Bravo, about a to­tal­i­tar­ian so­ci­ety where women are prop­erty of the state.

Alias Grace be­gins air­ing Sept. 25 on CBC-TV and will stream in­ter­na­tion­ally on Net­flix.

“I think with Alias Grace we can look back to where we’ve come from as women, and Hand­maid’s Tale is this cau­tion­ary tale of where we could be go­ing,” Pol­ley said Tues­day at a festival press con­fer­ence.

“We’re in this space in be­tween and I think it’s a re­ally im­por­tant con­ver­sa­tion to have, not just out loud and with each other and ar­tic­u­lately but lin­ger­ing in the back­ground of our minds.”

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Pro­ducer/screen­writer Sarah Pol­ley, screen­writer/pro­ducer Mar­garet At­wood and ac­tress Sarah Gadon at­tend the Alias Grace press con­fer­ence at TIFF Bell Light­box on Tues­day.

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