Dir. Jane Campion (1989); Australia, 97m
Starring: Geneviève Lemon, Karen Colston, Tom Lycos
An Angel At My Table
Dir. Jane Campion (1990); Australia, 158m
Starring: Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson
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The only female filmmaker to win the Palme d'Or, Jane Campion has spent the past four decades in the male-dominated world of cinema making profound work by and about women. Campion shares stories of everyday women trapped by others, their emotions, and societal expectations. Her focus is often on the task of escaping restrictive boundaries —— one with which she is quite familiar.
Campion’s first feature, Sweetie, is a tale of two sisters. At its core it is a story about psychological trauma and the ways in which it can manifest, as well as the impacts it can have on the family as a whole.
An adaptation of Janet Frame’s autobiography of the same name, An Angel At My Table is a tribute to the mistreatment of women with debilitating mental illness, such as Campion’s own mother. Misdiagnosed and subjected to electroconvulsive treatment, Frame’s story is representative of all too many wise, but “hard to deal with” women, or rather, women in the way of men.