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Two Friends

Directed by Jane Campion
76 minutes
Premiering at Cannes, Campion’s captivating first feature depicts the budding – and unravelling – friendship between two Sydney teenage girls, told in reverse order.
Made for the ABC in 1986 and with a berth in Un Certain Regard at Cannes – three years before Sweetie – Campion’s little-seen debut was the first of several feature collaborations with producer Jan Chapman (Bright Star, Holy Smoke, The Piano). Written by renowned Australian novelist Helen Garner, it’s an absorbing tale of adolescence and friendship revealed in reverse. In five episodes, Campion deftly charts the complicated bond between two 15-year-olds, studious Louise (Emma Coles) and defiant Kelly (Kris Bidenko), from their relationship’s painful dissolution to its hopeful beginning. Screening in 16mm. 

A special free screening

All tickets to Two Friends are free but must be booked with another screening in the Jane Campion: Her Way retrospective. When selecting your tickets to another film screening as part of the Jane Campion retrospective, add your free tickets to Two Friends to your cart before you check out.

Tickets to Two Friends are also included in the Jane Campion: Her Way package.

Two Friends
10:15am, Sunday 11 June
Art Gallery of NSW

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This broken, but beautiful friendship is nuanced and heartbreaking.
Michel Gondry
What makes this impeccably acted small film such a gem is its sense of life being lived before our eyes and at the same time being observed by Campion and Garner.
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

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Winner of the 1986 Cannes Palme d'Or for Best Short Film – making Campion the first woman and only New Zealander to ever achieve the honour – her first film school project was inspired by her childhood and is vividly portrayed by a real family of rambunctious redheads. SFF 1983.
Program Strand
Jane Campion Retrospective
In English
Jane Campion
Jan Chapman
Kris Bidenko, Emma Coles, Kris McQuade
Helen Garner
Julian Penney
Bill Russo
Women Directors, Australian Films, Focus on Women, Retrospective, Gender & Sexuality
Company Credits
Rights Holder: ABC Licensing. Print Source: National Film and Sound Archive
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