The TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale swept the 2017 Emmys, winning 8 awards, including Outstanding Drama Series. TV adaptions of Atwood’s other novels are in the works and she is rumoured to be on the shortlist for the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature. Who is this private, cerebral, Canadian poet and author? What are her passions and causes? What’s the source of her unique mix of witty humour and fascination with a dystopian world?

Margaret Atwood and her partner, author and activist, Graeme Gibson. have invited us to accompany them on their global travels throughout 2018. Their itinerary is exciting and exhausting, including a birders’ contest on an island in Lake Erie, a cruise around the dramatic coastline of Iceland, Margaret as Handmaiden of Honour at a lifelong friend’s wedding in Ontario, being feted at a writers festival in Wales, visiting the set of the next season of The Handmaid’s Tale, and meeting a California wizard – why not? This feature film will be intimate and revelatory as we follow Atwood and Gibson as they pursue their eclectic passions. We’ll witness their insatiable curiosity, humour, generosity, the causes they care about and their observations of human nature, laden with cautionary tales about our future.

A Film by Nancy Lang & Peter Raymont
Executive Producer:
Peter Pearson
Produced by: White Pine Pictures
Development Financing: Telefilm Canada Feature Film Fund Development Program

Produced in Association with  CBC