The National Film Board of Canada has just optioned the film rights to Margaret Atwood’s non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth. Payback is an investigation into the concept of debt as an ancient and central motif in religion, literature and the structure of human societies. The film will be directed by Jennifer Baichwal (Manufactured Landscapes) and produced by Ravida Din (Family Motel).
Perhaps to celebrate — and certainly to highlight — the cementing of this relationship, the NFB is currently screening Michael Rubbo’s 1984 film, Margaret Atwood: Once in August, right on their Web site. You can see the nearly hour-long film here.