‘Alias Grace’ star Sarah Gadon on Margaret Atwood, centuries of sexism, and churning butter.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 12:08:05 PM. The immersive process of becoming Grace Marks in the critically-acclaimed Netflix adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel.
Share Culture Alias Grace Spoiler alert: Save for later if you haven’t finished ‘Alias Grace.’ While Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale looks forward to how bad things could potentially get for women, Alias Grace, written by Atwood eleven years later. in 1996, looks back at how bad things have always been. The story is based on the story of Grace Marks, a real 19th-century Irish-Canadian maid convicted of murdering her employer. Now, like Handmaid’s Tale, Alias Grace has been adapted for television; originally produced for CBC (the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), the six-part series is now available on Netflix. The story is based on facts, but characters and scenarios have been added. It follows Grace as she arrives from Ireland with her family; her mother dies on the trip and her drunken father abuses her before sending her off to work as a housekeeper at the age of 14. There begins several years of working for men who take liberties, and women who enable them. At a second job, her employer, and his housekeeper, Nancy—who is also his lover—are brutally murdered. McDermott, a violent handyman who works alongside Grace, hangs for those crimes. In his confession, he implicates Grace, who, when we meet her, has survived an asylum and decades in prison. Atwood and the show offer no definitive guilty or not guilty verdict for Grace (the real woman was mysteriously pardoned after 30 years in prison), but, in the end, after seeing what Grace has suffered at the hands of men...Read more
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