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The Audition
A film by Anna Campion
England, 1990, 24 minutes, Color, 16mm/DVD
Order No. W99013
The filmmaker's sister, Jane Campion, journeys home to New Zealand to audition her onetime actress mother for a small role as a schoolteacher in her film adaptation of Janet Frame's autobiographies, AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE. The mother is somewhat resistant to the role, the camera and what she perceives as her daughter's manipulation. The daughter has her own resistance-to her mother's dark vision of the world. This deceptively simple drama, filmed with elegance and restraint, reveals nuances of mother/daughter roles while challenging the realist aesthetic.


  • New Directors/New Films
  • Films de Femmes, Créteil, France
  • Montreal Women's Film and Video Festival

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    "The most outstanding women's short feature ...that deals with the mother-daughter relationship."
    Paula Langguth
    Hot Wire

    "Convincing, riveting."
    Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Chicago Reader

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