Celebrate the lyrical, genre-defying, feminist films that define the New Zealand filmmaker’s trailblazing career.
A cursory glance at most biographies of Jane Campion will reveal a focus on the same landmark awards – she was the first woman to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes for The Piano, and the only two-time female Oscar nominee (including one win) for Best Director. While monumental, these awards only hint at the originality, and stylistic and tonal diversity that characterises her extensive body of work.
Campion’s chief trademark as an auteur is her range. From the abrasive comedy of Sweetie and Holy Smoke to the lyrical melodrama of An Angel at My Table and Bright Star, to the genre-defying In the Cut and The Power of the Dog, her films are marked with an unabashed feminism and the recurrence of strong-willed female characters, but she is an equally keen observer of masculinity in all its guises.
Campion is always a few steps ahead of the zeitgeist, with a profoundly interconnected body of work; it’s a thrill to screen this diverse range of films that nonetheless tell one extraordinary ‘girl’s own story’.
See works from Jane Campion's films
Props, posters and stills from the The Piano are on display in our centrepiece exhibition The Story of the Moving Image (open daily, 10am – 5pm)
Goddess: Power, Glamour, Rebellion
Exhibition | 5 Apr – 1 Oct 2023
Trailblazers. Binary-busters. Agitators and instigators. On and off screen.
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