February 4, 2023


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Sarah Polley on brain injury before ‘women speak’: Listen

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It’s been 10 years since Sarah Polley directed a film. Between “Take This Waltz” (2012) and his most recent release, “Woman Talking,” he wasn’t sure if he would be able to direct again due to a brain injury.

In this phase of awarding Dr diversity Awards Circuit podcast, we talk to the writer and director about his new appreciation for cinema after nearly losing the ability to make it. He praised his outstanding actors and how he envisioned them playing different roles at different times. Finally, she opened our eyes to “Carol” night, a semi-annual screening of Todd Haynes’ 2015 play, in which lesbians dress up and break every scene. Listen below.

Three women have won Oscars for directing in history – Kathryn Bigelow for “The Heart Locker” (2009), Chloe Zhao for “Nomadland” (2020) and Jane Campion for “The Power of the Dog” (2021). Polly’s honest and visceral film, which tells the story of a group of women in a religious community debating the next course of action after being abused by men for decades, is equally worthy of joining the elite.

Produced by Oscar-winner Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Frances McDormand, Polly directs one of the buzziest ensembles of the year, including Rooney Mara, Jessie Buckley, Claire Foy and Ben Whishaw.

Also this episode, the Roundtable releases its final Golden Globes predictions in the film and television categories, with “Elvis,” “The Banshees of Inisharine” and “Everything Everywhere All Together” expected to have a big night. We also floated the possibility of celebrating a triumphant moment for the Indian-Tollywood epic “RRR”.

Listen to Variety’s “Awards Circuit” podcast, produced by co-host Michael Snyder with Clayton Davis, for lively conversations about the best in film and television. Each week, “Awards Circuit” features interviews with top film and TV talent and creatives, discussions and debates about the awards race, industry headlines and more. Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you download podcasts. New episodes posted weekly.

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