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Matti Pellonpää (1951-1995), was an award-winning Finnish actor and musician. He became internationally recognised for his long-term collaboration with Finnish auteur Aki Kauriskmäki, appearing in 18 of his films. He also starred in Jim Jarmusch's 1991 film 'Night on Earth'. Pellonpää was also the front man for the cult Finnish band Peltsix.
Sarah Polley was born in 1979 in Toronto, Canada. She started her acting career as a child, starring in numerous high-budget feature films. As an adult, she started directing. Her feature debut, 'Away From Her' (2006) starring Julie Christie, was nominated for an Academy Award for best Adapted Screenplay. In 2013, her documentary 'Stories We Tell', exposing many of her family's secrets, was shortlisted for the Best Documentary Oscar.
Pete Postlethwaite, (1945-2011), began his career in the theatre. A minor player in films during the 70s and 80s, he received critical praise for his role in Terence Davies' 'Distant Voices Still Lives' (1988). Postlethwaite finally achieved stardom in his late 40s for 'In the Name of the Father' (1993), earning an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He was made an OBE in 2004.