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Jane Campion

Jane Campion
Campion in Kraków, Poland, April 2010
Born Elizabeth Jane Campion
(1954-04-30) 30 April 1954
Wellington, New Zealand
Occupation screenwriter, producer, director
Spouse(s) Colin David Englert (1992-2001)

Elizabeth Jane Campion[1] (born 30 April 1954) is a New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director. Campion is the second of four women ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and is also the first female filmmaker in history to receive the Palme d'Or, which she received for directing the acclaimed film The Piano (1993), for which she also won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.[2]


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Reception 4
  • Filmography 5
    • Director 5.1
    • Producer 5.2
  • See also 6
  • Bibliography 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Early life

Campion was born in

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External links

  1. ^ Fox, Alistair (2011). Jane Campion: Authorship and Personal Cinema. Indiana University Press. p. 32. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  2. ^ CANNES REPORT : 'Piano's' Jane Campion Is First Female Director to Win; 'Concubine's' Chen Kaige Has First Chinese-Film Victory : 'Piano,' 'Concubine' Share the Palme D'Or, Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  3. ^ Fox. Jane Campion. p. 25. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f McHugh, Kathleen (2007).  
  5. ^ Canby, Vincent (30 May 1993). "FILM VIEW; Jane Campion Stirs Romance With Mystery".  
  6. ^ Fox. Jane Campion. p. 26. 
  7. ^ Fox. Jane Campion. p. 41. 
  8. ^ Mark Stiles, "Jane Campion", Cinema Papers, December 1985 p434-435, 471
  9. ^ Awards - 1986, Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 13 May 2010.
  10. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Piano". Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  11. ^ Guthrie, Marisa (2011-11-04). "Jane Campion to Write, Direct Sundance Channel Miniseries Starring Elisabeth Moss". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
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  16. ^ "A Palme d’or for the Cinéfondation!". Cannes. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  17. ^ "Jane Campion to preside over Cannes Film Festival jury". BBC News. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Bear hugs at Cannes as Mommy wins jury prize". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
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  20. ^ Gibson, Megan (13 May 2014). """Jane Campion in talks to direct the big-screen adaptation of "The Flamethrowers. Time. 
  21. ^ Khatchatourian, Maane (13 May 2014). "'"Jane Campion Near Deal to Direct Adaptation of 'The Flamethrowers. Variety. 
  22. ^ Shechet, Ellie (June 23, 2015). Will Take Place in Sydney and Hong Kong"Top of the Lake"Season 2 of . Jezebel. 
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  24. ^ . 26 October 2003 
  25. ^ Franke, Lizzie (1999). "Jane Campbell Is Called the Best Female Director in the World. What's Female Got to Do with It?". In Wexman, Virginia Wright. Jane Campion: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers).  
  26. ^ Sampson, Des (January 24, 2013). "Alice Englert stars in Twilight successor".  
  27. ^ V. W. Wexman. Jane Campion: Interviews. Roundhouse Publishing. 1999. ISBN 1-57806-083-4.
  28. ^ Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  29. ^ 6 May 2012.
  30. ^ "Entertainment: Top of the Lake". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax). 18 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  31. ^ (Review of 'The Films of Jane Campion'


  • Cheshire, Ellen: Jane Campion. London: Pocket Essentials, 2000.
  • Fox, Alistair: Jane Campion: Authorship and Personal Cinema. Bloomington–Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0-253-22301-2.
  • Gillett, Sue: 'Views for Beyond the Mirror: The Films of Jane Campion.' St.Kilda: ATOM, 2004. ISBN 1 876467 14 2 [31] NLA citation
  • Hester, Elizabeth J.: Jane Campion: A Selective Annotated Bibliography of Dissertations and Theses. ISBN 978-1484818381, ISBN 1484818385.
  • Jones, Gail: 'The Piano.' Australian Screen Classics, Currency Press, 2007.
  • Margolis, Harriet (ed): 'Jane Campion's The Piano.' Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • McHugh, Kathleen: 'Jane Campion.'Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2007.
  • Radner, Hilary, Alistair Fox and Irène Bessière (eds): 'Jane Campion: Cinema, Nation, Identity.'Detroit: Wayne State University Press,2009.
  • Verhoeven, Deb: Jane Campion. London: Routledge, 2009.
  • Wexman V. W.: Jane Campion: Interviews. Roundhouse Publishing. 1999.


See also




From the beginning of her career, Campion's work has received high praise from critics all around. In V.W. Wexman's Jane Campion: Interviews, critic David Thomson describes Campion "as one of the best young directors in the world today."[27] Similarly, in Sue Gillett's "More Than Meets The Eye: The Mediation of Affects in Jane Campion's 'Sweetie'," Campion's work is described as "perhaps the fullest and truest way of being faithful to the reality of experience"; by utilizing the "unsayable" and "unseeable," she manages to catalyze audience speculation.[28] Campion's films tend to gravitate around themes of gender politics, such as seduction and female sexual power. This has led some to label Campion's body of work as feminist, however, Rebecca Flint Marx argues, "while not inaccurate, [the feminist label] fails to fully capture the dilemmas of her characters and the depth of her work."[29]


In 1992, she married Colin David Englert, an Australian who worked as a second unit director on The Piano.[23][24] Their first child, a son named Jasper, was born in 1993 but lived for only 12 days.[25] The couple divorced when their second child, actress Alice Englert, was 7.[26]

Personal life

In 2015 Campion confirmed that she would be co-directing and co-writing a second season of Top of the Lake with the action moved to Sydney and Harbour City, Hong Kong with Elisabeth Moss reprising her role as Robin Griffin. Co-writer Garth Davis was also slated to return though co-director Gerard Lee was not.[22]

In 2014 it was announced that Campion was nearing a deal to direct an adaptation of Rachel Kushner's novel The Flamethrowers.[20][21]

She was the head of the jury for the Cinéfondation and Short Film sections at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[16] and the head of the jury for the main competition section for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[17] During his speech when collecting the Prix du Jury for his film Mommy, Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan said of Campion's The Piano that "It made me want to write roles for women: beautiful women with soul, will and strength, not victims or objects". Campion responded by rising from her seat to give him a hug.[18][19]

Campion was an executive producer for the 2006 documentary Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story and has worked on the serial Top of the Lake.[11] The mini-series received near universal acclaim [12][13] with its lead actress Elisabeth Moss winning numerous awards including a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film and a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries as well as a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie nomination.[14] Campion herself was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special.[15]

Campion's work since that time has tended to polarize opinion. The Portrait of a Lady (1996), based on the Henry James novel, featured Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey and Martin Donovan. Holy Smoke! (1999) teamed Campion again with Harvey Keitel, this time with Kate Winslet as the female lead. In the Cut (2003), an erotic thriller based on Susanna Moore's bestseller, provided Meg Ryan an opportunity to depart from her more familiar onscreen persona. Her 2009 film Bright Star, a biographical drama about poet John Keats (played by Ben Whishaw) and his lover Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish), was shown at the Cannes Film Festival.

Sweetie (1989) was her feature debut, and won international awards. Further recognition followed with An Angel at My Table (1990), a biographical and psychological portrayal of the New Zealand poet Janet Frame. International recognition followed with another Palme d'Or at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival for The Piano,[10] which won the best director award from the Australian Film Institute and an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1994. At the 66th Academy Awards, she was the second woman ever to be nominated for Best Director.

Her first short film, Peel (1982) won the Short Film Palme d'Or at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival,[9] and other awards followed for the shorts Passionless Moments (1983), A Girl's Own Story (1984) and After Hours (1984). Having left the Australian Film and Television School she directed an episode for ABC's light entertainment series Dancing Daze (1986), which led to her first TV film, Two Friends (1986) produced by Jan Chapman.


[8], where she made several more short films, and graduated in 1984.Australian Film, Television and Radio School in 1980. In 1981 she began studying at the Tissues Campion turned to film and created her first short film, [4] Dissatisfied with the limits of painting as a medium,[4] as influences on her art.Joseph Beuys and sculptor Frida Kahlo in 1981. Based on her education at art school, Campion cites surrealist painter University of Sydney at the Sydney College of the Arts in London and travelled throughout Europe. She graduated with a Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts (Painting) from the Chelsea Art School In 1976 Campion attended [4] in 1975.Victoria University of Wellington in Anthropology from Bachelor of Arts she graduated with a [4] While initially rejecting the idea of a career in theatre or acting,[7] Her parents founded the New Zealand Players theatre group.[4] With her older sister, Anna, born a year and half before her, and brother, Michael, born seven years after, Campion grew up in the world of New Zealand theatre.[6].Exclusive Brethren. Her father was from a family of Antrim House Her maternal great-grandfather was Robert Hannah, the shoe manufacturer of [5][4][3]

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