'It gave me nightmares:' Margaret Atwood on Sarah Polley's Alias Grace miniseries

'It gave me nightmares:' Margaret Atwood on Sarah Polley's Alias Grace miniseries
From CBC - September 14, 2017

It's a fitting time for both, with the two tales taking on renewed relevance in today's political climate and fans noting they are as pertinent now as ever.

If The Handmaid's Tale is a cautionary fable of where things could go, Alias Grace shows how far women have come, according to Polley, who believes we are in a space in between the two stories right now.

"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 mind and hopefully reached more deeply, the way narrative art can reach you," Polley said Tuesday at a TIFF press conference for the project.

"These are pressing questions and I am really glad that these things of Margaret's are out into the world in this way."

Atwood hadkind words in return, calling Polley's adaptation "very powerful" and admitting that after watching the forthcoming series, she had trouble sleeping.

"It gave me horrible nightmares, I have to say. It's very powerful," Atwoodtold CBC News.

"I do not mean nightmares when you are awakeHandmaid's Tale gave me those. When I was asleep,[the Alias Grace miniseries]gave me nightmares ... my own thing."

Challenging role 'a huge gift,' says Gadon

Alias Grace dives into the true story of Grace Marks (played in the miniseries by Canadian Sarah Gadon):a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant who finds herself accused and convicted of murdering her wealthy employer and his housekeeper.

Though the story is set in the 1800s, Gadonalso considers the miniseries timely.


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