Jane Campion

(b. 1954)

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(1954– )

New Zealand film director and screenwriter, whose film The Piano (1993) is already regarded as a classic of the cinema.

Born at Waikanae, New Zealand, and trained at the Australian Film School, Jane Campion won a Palme d'Or at Cannes for her first short film, Peel (1982), before going on to make her first feature, Sweetie (1989). For An Angel at My Table (1990), made for New Zealand television and based on the life of the novelist Janet Frame, Campion won seven awards at the 1990 Venice Film Festival.

Her international reputation was assured by critical acclaim for The Piano (1993), a violent and erotic drama set in the mid-Victorian New Zealand wilderness. This Australian/French co-production won not only the Palme d'Or at Cannes (the first for an Australian film and the first for a woman director) but also three Oscars, including best screenplay for Campion herself. She has subsequently directed The Portrait of a Lady (1997), an adaptation of the Henry James novel. Campion has been widely recognized as one of the most prominent film makers of the 1990s.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Literature.

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