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The daughter of an actress-writer and a theater-opera director, Jane Campion was born in Wellington, New Zealand, on April 30, 1954. Her early shorts were well-received on the film festival circuit, and one of them, Peel, won the Palme d'Or at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.

Known for her compelling depictions of female outsiders and her often poetic explorations of these women's lives, Campion went on to receive critical acclaim for 1990's An Angel at My Table. Her best-known film, The Piano (1993), captured many international awards, including the Palme d'Or, the French Cesar for Best Foreign Film and several Australian Film Institute Awards. The film also earned Campion a Best Directing Oscar nomination and a win for Best Original Screenplay, as well as Oscars for Holly Hunter's and Anna Paquin's performances.

Other notable films include Portrait of a Lady, Holy Smoke and In the Cut.

Jane Campion in Top of the Lake

Top of the Lake

2013 TV-MA

When pregnant, 12-year-old Tui tries to kill herself in a freezing New Zealand lake, Detective Robin Griffin has plenty of questions for the girl. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Griffin finds herself knee-deep in small-town secrets.

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  • Jane Campion in The Portrait of a Lady The Portrait of a Lady
  • Jane Campion in Bright Star Bright Star
  • Jane Campion in In the Cut In the Cut
  • Jane Campion in An Angel at My Table An Angel at My Table
  • Jane Campion in Two Friends Two Friends
  • Jane Campion in Sweetie Sweetie