Alias Grace

Drama
English

Region: Ontario and Nunavut

Year of Production: 2016

Duration: 6 x 1 hour

Based on the award-winning novel by Margaret Atwood, and inspired by true events, Alias Grace follows Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon) a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott (Kerr Logan) was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer, Thomas Kinnear (Paul Gross) and Nancy Montgomery (Anna Paquin) in 1843.  Nancy is Kinnear’s housekeeper and lover, and while she initially befriends Grace, she begins to resent Grace and becomes increasingly jealous of Kinnear’s affection for her.  Nancy eventually fires Grace in a fit of rage and is later found brutally murdered.

McDermott was hanged for the murder and Grace was sentenced to life imprisonment.  Both the novel and the screen adaptation introduce a young fictional doctor, Simon Jordan (Edward Holcroft) who researches the case and begins to fall in love with the fascinating Grace.  Although ostensibly conducting research into criminal behaviour, Jordan slowly becomes personally involved in the story of Grace Marks and seeks to reconcile his perception of the mild mannered woman he sees, with the murder of which she has been convicted.

Grace became one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of 1840s Canada for her supposed role in the sensational double murder, but was eventually exonerated after 30 years in prison.  Her conviction was controversial and sparked much debate about whether Grace was involved in the murder or merely an unwitting accessory. 

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Halfire Entertainment

Cast/Participants: Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcroft, Anna Paquin, Paul Gross, Rebecca Liddiard, Kerr Logan, Zachary Levi, David Cronenberg