An Angel at My Table

An Angel at My Table

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An Angel at My Table

The difficult life and times of celebrated author Janet Frame provided the source material for An Angel at my Table, the film that put Jane Campion on the map as one of our most talented filmmakers.

Themes of poverty and mental illness mean this isn’t an uplifting treatment of the ‘portrait of the artist’ mould. It’s unsentimental approach and refusal to sugar-coat gives the film real emotional gravity. The darkness is poetically expressed through production design (via Grant Major of Lord of the Rings fame) and cinematography, a Campion staple, conferring a sense of haunting beauty upon the tragic events.

Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival 1990. International Critics' Award winner at Toronto Film Festival 1990. Best Film, Director, Cinematography, Supporting Actor, Actress, Screenplay at the New Zealand Film and TV Awards 1990.
1990Rating: M158 minsNew Zealand, UK, Australia
Drama
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