Margaret Atwood has never been more relevant than she
is today. Readers are turning to her work as they face the rise of
authoritarian politics, rapidly evolving technologies and the slow-motion
disaster of climate change. Her poetry and books are about survival, but they
are also survival tools in and of themselves.
The recent success of the television
adaptation of her novel,The
Handmaid’s Tale, has made Atwood a household name. Yet few know the
private Margaret Atwood. Who is the woman behind these stories? How does she
seem to know what is to come?
With exclusive access over a twelve-month
period, this documentary follows Atwood and her partner, author and activist
Graeme Gibson, as they jet to speaking engagements around the world.
We are with Atwood as she visits the set
ofThe Handmaid’s Tale,
where she meets Ane Crabtree, costume designer of the blood-red robes being
worn by women protesters from Buenos Aires to Dublin to LA.
The film also delves into Atwood’s
backstory and her unique partnership with Gibson, elucidating the personal and
societal factors that inform her stories.