Adapted from New Zealand author Janet Frame’s renowned and harrowing three-part autobiography, Campion’s international breakthrough uses three actors in its portrait of the writer as young girl, teenager and woman (Kerry Fox). Condemned to psychiatric institutions and administered shock therapy, Frame narrowly escaped lobotomisation when her first book won a major literary prize. Against the majesty of the New Zealand landscape, Campion exquisitely evokes Frame’s sensitivity to the world in all its beautiful, almost overwhelming power. Lauded globally upon its release, the film won the Grand Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.
Print courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive, Australia.