Actress Sarah Gadon has been added to the final lineup for the 2014 Whistler Film Festival (WFF).
Gadon, 27, has starred in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and David Cronenberg films A Dangerous Method and Cosmopolis.
She is the the “Spotlight On” honouree presented by Elle Canada, an honour dedicated to rising female talent in the film industry, and will talk about her work on Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
The film festival runs from Wednesday, Dec. 3 to Sunday, Dec. 7.
Born in Toronto, Gadon has also worked extensively in television, with roles in Being Erica and Murdoch Mysteries.
“Sarah Gadon is an award-winning actress with 57 (film and television) credits to her name. She is definitely a talent on the Canadian landscape. Her work today points to a long and accomplished career,” says WFF executive director Shauna Mishaw Hardy.
“One of the things we are doing is putting Canadian talent at the heart of our festival… we want to really help shine the light on our Canadian talent and raise the brand of our talent.
“She is a great fit. It is being preceded by the Elle Canada fashion film finalists (Hannah Louise Clarke, Zachary Spence and Erika Houle, and Julie Hong). We will also be introducing our Rising Stars formally at this event.
The new Rising Stars program highlights four Western Canadian actors who are poised to explode into the film world. The first selectees are Niall Matter, Dustin Milligan, Camille Sullivan and Sara Canning.
Gadon now joins actress Kim Cattrall (Sex in the City), How to Train Your Dragon director and animator Dean DeBlois and producer Don Carmody (Chicago, Good Will Hunting) as honourees this year.
“We’ve got prolific talent and it’s really exciting,” Hardy Mishaw says. “The thing about the people we are honouring is that they are all working, they’re not coming here for a vacation. They are busy, working actors and actresses.”
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