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Jane Campion

Jane Campion was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1954. Her parents, Edith and Richard Campion, studied theatre at RADA and later formed the New Zealand Players with the idea of touring professional theatre throughout the country. Later they turned to farming on a mixed sheep and cattle property that ran from the main road north to the beach at Peka Peka.

Campion studied Anthropology at Victoria University in Wellington and then painting at both Chelsea School of Arts in London and Sydney College of the Arts. While at the Australian Film and Television School, Campion completed three shorts films, Peel, A Girls Own Story and Passionless Moments co-authored with friend Gerard Lee. Peel won the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Sweetie, co-written by Gerard Lee, was her first feature film, followed by An Angel At My Table and The Piano, which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993, as well as eight Oscar nominations and three Oscars including Best Screenplay (for Campion) in 1994. Subsequent features were Portrait Of A Lady, Holy Smoke, co-written with Anna Campion (currently being adapted for the stage) and In The Cut. Bright Star is the first feature after Campion's four-year break from 2003 – 2007 and is written by Campion from an original idea. Campion is currently in development with 2B Films, Pathé and Screen Australia to make Runaway, an adaptation of an Alice Munro story.

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Jane Campion Facts

OccupationDirector, Screenwriter
BirthdayApril 30, 1954 (69)
BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

Selected Filmography

In The Cut
Bright Star
Episode 7
The Piano
Holy Smoke
Portrait of a Lady
The Portrait Of A Lady
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