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Christie Losing Her Memory

DR. ZHIVAGO star JULIE CHRISTIE's acting career has been shattered by memory loss that makes remembering lines almost impossible. The 66-year-old admits she has forgotten...

Barbarian Invasions Cleans Up At The Genies

OSCAR-winning foreign film THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS has scored the ultimate accolade in its native Canada, picking up the country's top movie award. The DENYS...

Video - Saving Mr Banks' Emma Thompson Hits The 2014 National Board Of Review Awards - Part 3


Picture - Sarah Polley - 2014 National... , Tuesday 7th January 2014

Sarah Polley - 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala - Red Carpet Arrivals - Tuesday 7th January 2014

Picture - Olympia Dukakis and Sarah Polley... Manhattan New York United States, Wednesday 8th January 2014

Olympia Dukakis and Sarah Polley - 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala - Red Carpet Arrivals - Manhattan, New York, United States - Wednesday 8th January 2014

10 Best Films of 2013

Tags: Chiwetel Ejiofor - Steve McQueen - Matt Damon - Rob Lowe - Michael Douglas - Sarah Polley - Lake Bell - Paul Greengrass - Tom Hanks - Michael B. Jordan - Octavia Spencer - James McAvoy - Christian Bale - Bradley Cooper - Jennifer Lawrence - Amy Adams

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA

10. Behind The Candelabra - Sadly consigned to TV in America, this Liberace biopic's lavish production design deserves to be projected on the biggest screen possible. As do great performances from Michael Douglas, Matt Damon and a hilarious Rob Lowe.
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STORIES WE TELL

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Alice Munro Wins The Nobel Prize For Literature

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Alice Munro has walked away with the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature following this week's award ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. The 82-year-old short story writer, whose work has been adapted to numerous award-winning films and plays, became only the 13th woman to be awarded the most prized honour in literature and was handed lashings of praise for her life's achievements during the award gala.

News of her win arrived in British Columbia on Thursday morning (10th October) following Wednesday night's ceremony on the other side of the Atlantic, with CBC News first making her win viral. The Ontario author last published Dear Life in 2012 and wasn't actually at the Stockholm ceremony, as she believed her chances of winning were too slim to even bother. She told CBC following her win that winning the award was "one of those pipe dreams" that "might happen, but it probably wouldn't."

But the woman referred to as the Canadian Chekhov did win, and she genuinely couldn't believe the news of her success. She recalled, "It's the middle of the night here and I had forgotten about it all, of course. It just seems impossible. A splendid thing to happen...My stories have gotten around quite remarkably for short stories. I would really hope that this would make people see the short story as an important art, not something you play around with until you got a novel written."

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Stories We Tell Review


With Away From Her and Take This Waltz, actress-turned-filmmaker Polley has proved herself as an unusually gifted director, but this inventive, moving documentary reveals even more artistic ambition. Not only is it a riveting exploration of her own family history, but it's also a pungent comment on the nature of storytelling itself. By the end, we wonder if it's ever possible to get to the truth of a past event. And we don't really mind that it probably isn't.

"When you are in the middle of a story it isn't a story at all." From this Margaret Atwood quote, Polley sets out to understand a key fact about her late actress mother Diane Polley. She encourages everyone to tell their side of the story: her father Michael (who also attempts to objectively narrate the film), brothers Mark and John, sisters Joanna and Suzy, and a variety of her mother's friends and colleagues. All of this centres on a major revelation that redefined the family. But of course everyone sees themselves as the protagonist, even though it's actually Diane's story. And while Sarah tries not to make it all about her, she can't really help it.

By taking such a playful approach, Polley packs the film with inventive layers, allowing us to peer around the corners of the documentary itself, breaking the fourth wall in the to-camera interviews and even in the re-created home movies. We're never quite sure if what we're seeing is truly archival material, or if it's all been re-made for this movie. And that's the whole point: if we can't find the real version of any event, is that truth only created within us as we understand its relevance in our own life?

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A Week In Movies: Star Wars Episode VII Shapes Up, Harrison Ford Joins Anchorman: The Legend Continues And Oz The Great And Powerful Hits Theatres

Tags: Carrie Fisher - Harrison Ford - Will Ferrell - James Franco - Mila Kunis - Michelle Williams - Rachel Weisz - Robert Downey Jr - Ben Kingsley - Richard Dormer - Julianne Moore - Steve Coogan - Sarah Polley

Star Wars

The movie casting rumour mill has gone into overdrive this week when Carrie Fisher seemed to confirm that she will indeed be back for Star Wars Episode VII. And then George Lucas chimed in to say that all three stars - Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill - are on board to reprise their iconic characters 30 years after 1983's Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Nothing is official yet, but we can probably expect a big announcement soon.

Meanwhile, Ford has joined the cast of the comedy sequel Anchorman: The Legend Continues, which is currently filming with Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate. And Halle Berry has officially rejoined the X-men for Days of Future Past, along with her original trilogy costars Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman and Anna Paquin, plus the cast of First Class.

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