In her short career span, Canadian actress, Sarah Gadon, has managed to make her way into the hearts of her audiences with her impressive performances. She forayed into the world of acting as a guest star in many television series, including Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Mutant X, and Dark Oracle. It was mainly David Cronenberg’s movies, A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis, and Maps to the Stars, that brought her in limelight.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Sarah Gadon ventured into acting when she was barely ten. She devoted a significant part of her childhood and adolescence to dancing. For a long time, Gadon has been a Junior Associate at The National Ballet School of Canada and the Claude Watson School for the Performing Arts. Academically, she is an alumnus of the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Institute at Innis College.
Over the years, Sarah Gadon has also bagged a few accolades for her performances. She won the Canadian Screen Awards for Alias Grace, Enemy, and The Great Darkened Days. In 2016, she won the Award of Excellence by the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists.
Here’s taking a look at some of the most illustrious works by Sarah Gadon that won her fans galore.
A surrealist neo-noir psychological thriller mystery film, Enemy, a 2013 release, was a loose adaptation of José Saramago’s 2002 novel The Double. Besides Sarah Gadon, the film starred Jake Gyllenhaal as the male lead. He essayed the dual role of two physically identical men to each other but with different personalities. It was not only commercially successful but also garnered positive reviews from critics.
Directed by Lawrence Michael Levine, this 2020 release belongs to the gene of a drama thriller. It had Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott, Paola Lázaro, and Grantham Coleman, along with, of course, Sarah Gadon. Following its premiere at the Sundance Festival in January 2020, it opened to critical and commercial appreciation.
Written, produced, and directed by David Cronenberg, this Canadian drama-thriller film starred Robert Pattinson in the lead. He was ably complemented by Gadon, Mathieu Amalric, Juliette Binoche, Jay Baruchel, and Kevin Durand. Based on the novel of the same name written by Don DeLillo, the film was well-received by critics. Gadon also won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film, along with Samantha Morton, at the Vancouver Film Critics Circle.
Indignation is a drama film based on the 2008 novel of the same name. Philip Roth created the film and James Schamus has written, produced, and directed it. It is primarily set in Ohio in the early 1950s and boasts an ensemble cast comprising Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts, Linda Emond, and Danny Burstein. The film first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, on January 24, 2016, and released in the theatres in July 2016.
Maps to the Stars
This 2014 release, directed by David Cronenberg, starred Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, and Evan Bird, apart from Sarah Gadon. Maps to the Stars centers around a child star’s plight and a washed-up actress. It is also a commentary on the entertainment industry’s relationship with Western civilization. The film was first premiered at Cannes and eventually hit the theatres in May 2014.
11.22.63 can be classified as a science fiction thriller miniseries, based on the 2011 novel by Stephen King. James Franco, who played the male protagonist, had produced this eight episodes miniseries. The show premiered on Hulu in February 2016 and has won the appreciation of critics. Gadon received the lion’s share of all the appreciation that came pouring in for this miniseries.
Directed by Mary Harron and written by Sarah Polley, Alias Grace is a miniseries that captured the audience’s attention. Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1996 novel of the same name, this series had only six episodes. It starred Gadon alongside Edward Holcroft, Rebecca Liddiard, Zachary Levi, Kerr Logan, David Cronenberg, Paul Gross, and Anna Paquin. Touted as a crime drama, Alias Grace has Gadon in a critical role, which she played brilliantly.
In the near future, we hope to see Gadon pushing the envelope, experimenting with more diverse roles, and delivering some fine performances!
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