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An Angel at My Table

Directed by Jane Campion
New Zealand, Australia
158 minutes
Falsely diagnosed with schizophrenia as an adult, Janet Frame was one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed authors. Her extraordinary life was chronicled in three autobiographical novels that were adapted into this enthralling and heartbreaking epic.
Based on three autobiographical novels by Janet Frame about her coming of age from the 1930s onward, Campion’s film (SFF 1990) is a lyrical and heart-wrenching coming-of-age tale. It charts Frame’s life from her childhood through to her time in a psychiatric hospital (following a misdiagnosis of schizophrenia) to international fame. Featuring an outstanding performance from Kerry Fox as the adult Frame, An Angel at My Table is a fascinating study of a rare subject: the stigma of female genius. Revered director Claire Denis (Beau Travail) said, “this film changed my life as a woman, not simply as a filmmaker.” Grand Special Jury Prize, Venice 1990.
This is not a hyped-up biopic or a soap opera, but simply the record of a life as lived, beginning in childhood with a talented, dreamy girl whose working-class parents loved her, and continuing to follow her as she was gradually shunted by society into a place that almost killed her.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times


Mon 12 Jun
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Assisted Listening
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Program Strand
Jane Campion Retrospective
New Zealand, Australia
In English
Jane Campion
Bridget Ikin
Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson
Laura Jones
Stuart Dryburgh
Veronika Jenet
Literary & Adaptations, Biography, Women Directors, Focus on Women, Retrospective
Company Credits
Rights Holder: Felix Media. Film courtesy of Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission
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