Canadians had the good fortune of getting a jump on seeing the new mini series ALIAS GRACE which began airing on the CBC in September, but NOW everyone has the opportunity to see what all the fuss about. ALIAS GRACE is now streaming on Netflix and the six part series is definitely binge-worthy!
Written by Sarah Polley and directed by Mary Harron, “Alias Grace” would be an exciting page-to-screen adaptation even if “The Handmaid’s Tale” didn’t already take 2017 by storm. Both original texts came from Margaret Atwood and both have phenomenal casts.
Sarah Gadon and Anna Paquin star in “Alias Grace” alongside Zachary Levi, Paul Gross, Edward Holcroft, Rebecca Liddiard, Kerr Logan, and David Cronenberg. (YES! - Director David Cronenberg!)
Based on factual events and set in Upper Canada during the 1840s, the six-episode first season follows Grace Marks (Gadon) after she’s sentenced to life in prison for murdering her employer and his housekeeper.
Atwood originally discovered the "true" story of teenaged servant Grace Marks — a kind of Canadian Lizzie Borden — through the work of 19th-century writer Susanna Moodie. Marks allegedly killed her wealthy employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery, in Upper Canada in 1843. Years later, as the adult Grace relates her story to an increasingly appalled and distracted doctor brought in to assess her sanity, it becomes clear there's far more at work here than widely assumed.
“Alias Grace” premiered its first two episodes at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, and early reviews were strong. Sarah Gadon's performance is haunting and unforgettable. By the end you'll still be asking yourself, did she do it or didn't she?
I spoke with stars Sarah Gadon and Anna Paquin (two lovely Canadian gals) in Los Angeles about working on the series and bringing Margaret Atwood's Giller Prize–winning novel to life.