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Jane Campion

b. 1954

Jane Campion (b. 1954) gained degrees in anthropology and arts (painting) before attending the Australian Film Television and Radio School in the early 1980s. By 1986 she had won her first Short Film Palme d'Or at Cannes and made her first film for television, Two Friends. Her feature film debut was Sweetie (1989), which won several awards; An Angel at my Table followed. The Piano (1993) won the Palme d'Or at Cannes; Holly Hunter won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe for Best Actress; Anna Paquin won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress; the film was nominated for Best Picture; it won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay; Campion was the second woman ever to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director; shewon the AFI award for Best Director. Her next film, The Portrait of a Lady (1996), based on the novel by Henry James, starred Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich and Barbara Hershey. Holy Smoke! (1999) was an odd vehicle for Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel and In the Cut (2003), an erotic thriller, saw Meg Ryan depart from her usual gregarious persona. Campion turned to executive production for the 2006 documentary Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story. Her recent film Bright Star (2009), a drama about poet John Keats and his lover Fanny Brawne (played by Abbie Cornish), was shown at Cannes. She is currently working on a television series, Top of the Lake, starring David Wenham and Holly Hunter and produced by Emile Sherman.

Updated 2018