SYNOPSIS

The internationally acclaimed director of THE PIANO, AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE and SWEETIE first displayed her visual flair and dark humor in these award-winning shorts. The compilation includes: A GIRL'S OWN STORY is about Beatlemania, the sixties and growing up. Some stories about girlhood: where family is strange, adutlhood lonely, and innocence perverse. PASSIONLESS MOMENTS is a series of wry vignettes: Sean and Arnold Not Speaking; Scotties, Part of the Grand Design of the Universe; Angela Eats Meats, Ironing on Sunday; and others... PEEL takes place on a hot Australian summer's day, a recalcitrant, freckled, red-headed family of three go on a Sunday drive in the country. Their outing results in an intrigue of awesome belligerence. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

PRESS

"A beautifully photographed, sharply drawn drama...A lovely debut which will be compared to Jane Campion's later work but will certainly live up to the comparison."

Ann Golden Cinema Femmes

"These deceptively fragile-looking and tough-minded short films reveal familiar power plays from multiple points of view, punctuated by telling close-ups. A promising young director's take on the origins of narrative."

Amy Taubin Top 10, Village Voice

SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS

  • Passionless Moments: Best Experimental Film, American Film Institute
  • A Girl's Own Story: American Film Institute Award for Best Screenplay in a Short Film
  • Peel: Cannes, Golden Palm for Best Short Film

ABOUT FILMMAKER(S)

Jane Campion

New Zealand director, producer and screenwriter Jane Campion is one of cinema’s most notable film-makers. She is the first and only female director to receive the coveted Palme d’or at Cannes (1993) and also only the second of four women ever to be nominated as Best Director at the Academy Awards (1994), both for "The Piano". Jane went on to win Best Screenplay. Jane studied anthropology at Victoria University in Wellington and then painting at London’s Chelsea School of Arts and the Sydney College of the Arts before moving to film in the early 1980s, while studying at the Australian Film and Television School. Her first short film, "Peel" (1982), winner of the Short Film Palme d’or in 1986 in Cannes, was followed in 1989 by "Sweetie", her first feature film, and, a year later, by "An Angel at My Table" about New Zealand author Janet Frame. Subsequent to the multi-award-winning "The Piano" were "The Portrait of a Lady" (1996); "Holy Smoke" (1999), currently being adapted for the stage; "In the Cut" (2003) and "Bright Star" presented in Competition at Cannes, in 2009. Campion has recently won remarkable public and critical acclaim with a television series, "Top of the Lake". (03/19)


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