Taking inspiration from the suburban weirdness of Lynch’s Blue Velvet and the themes and aesthetics of photographer Diane Arbus, Campion’s strangely beautiful debut feature film about the dysfunctional relationships of a Sydney family is told with disturbingly deadpan whimsy. Creating a dreamlike, off-centre mood, Campion’s iconoclastic visual style is already evident as dramatic compositions and unsettlingly angled shots make the ordinary seem strange.
An Exercise in Discipline: Peel Jane Campion (1982) 9 mins. Unclassified 15 + (unless accompanied by an adult). Campion’s 1986 Palme d’Or-winner is a study of discipline involving a family road trip and an orange peel made while she was a student at AFTRS.
Courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive, Australia.