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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 The Piano

The Piano

1993 R

Holly Hunter stars as Ada McGrath, a mute but strong-willed 19th-century Scottish expatriate who arrives in New Zealand with her daughter (Anna Paquin) and her beloved piano in tow. Although betrothed to a landowner (Sam Neill), she's pulled into an affair with a laborer (Harvey Keitel). Hunter and Paquin both won Oscars for their performances in this haunting drama from writer-director Jane Campion.

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