Jane Campion

Director, Screenwriter, Songwriter
An unflinching director who often showcased a complex and erotic side of women rarely seen in conventional Hollywood movies, Jane Campion emerged from her native Australia as a celebrated and decorated auteur. Following ... Read more »
Born: 04/29/1954 in Wellington, NZ

Filmography

Director (17)

Top of the Lake 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Bright Star 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

8 2008 (Movie)

(segment "The Water Diary") (Director)

Chacun son cinema 2007 (Movie)

("The Lady Bug") (Director)

The Water Diary 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

In the Cut 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Holy Smoke 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Portrait of A Lady 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Two Friends 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The Piano 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Angel At My Table 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Sweetie 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

A Girl's Own Story 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

After Hours 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Passionless Moments 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Peel 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Tissues 1980 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (12)

Bright Star 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

8 2008 (Movie)

(segment "The Water Diary") (Screenplay)

The Water Diary 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

In the Cut 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Holy Smoke 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Portrait of A Lady 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Piano 1993 (Movie)

(1994 Academy Award winner for Best Original Screenplay) (Screenplay)

Sweetie 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Girl's Own Story 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

After Hours 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Passionless Moments 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Peel 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (6)

Pierre Rissient: Man of Cinema 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Conversations in World Cinema 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Audition 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Les Maudits (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (4)

Bright Star 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Abduction 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Soft Fruit 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Passionless Moments 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

Passionless Moments 1983 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Passionless Moments 1983 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)
Casting (1)

Sweetie 1990 (Movie)

(Casting)
Music (1)

A Girl's Own Story 1983 (Movie)

("Feel the Cold") (Song)
Editor (1)

Peel 1982 (Movie)

(Editor)

Biography

An unflinching director who often showcased a complex and erotic side of women rarely seen in conventional Hollywood movies, Jane Campion emerged from her native Australia as a celebrated and decorated auteur. Following her award-winning days as a student filmmaker, Campion arrived on the scene with "Sweetie" (1990), a stylish and disturbing look at the destruction of a family by a psychologically disturbed sibling. But it was her multi-award winning romantic drama, "The Piano" (1993) that introduced her to a worldwide audience. Passionate, moving and unrepentantly erotic, the film was lauded for its lush visualization of the complex emotions of a woman's sexual awakening. The film earned many awards, including an Academy Award for Campion's screenplay, though the director had great difficulty repeating her success. In fact, several of her subsequent films were rather uneven - though never dull - despite her continued exploration of the power of female sexuality, as she did with "The Portrait of a Lady" (1996), "Holy Smoke" (1999) and "In the Cut" (2003). While some critics may have deemed her work as polarizing, a vast majority praised her originality and willingness to push boundaries, which demonstrated that Campion remained a daring and provocative filmmaker all throughout her career.

Relationships

Anna Campion Screenplay

Sister
Born 1952

Richard Campion

Father
Co-founded New Zealand Players (theater company); studied with Jane's mother Edith at the Old Vic before founding the theater company Divorced Edith after nearly 40 years of marriage

Edith Campion Screenplay

Mother
Born Dec. 13, 1923; co-founded New Zealand Players (theater company); studied with Jane's father Richard at the Old Vic before founding the theater company; divorced Richard after nearly 40 years of marriage Died Sept. 16, 2007

Michael Campion

Brother
Born c. 1961

Alice Englert Actor

Daughter
Born 1994; father, Colin Englert

Jasper Englert

Son
Delivered by emergency Cesarean section June 1993; father, Colin Englert Died 12 days after birth

Colin Englert Actor

Husband
Married 1992 He served as second-unit director for her film "The Piano" (1993) Divorced 2001

Gerard Lee Actor

Companion
Co-directed "Passionless Moments" (1983) and co-wrote screenplay for "Sweetie" (1989) No longer together

Billy Mackinnon Actor

Companion
Worked together on "Sweetie" (1989) and "The Piano" (1993) No longer together

EDUCATION

Sydney College of the Arts

1979

Victoria University

Wellington 1975

Australian Film Television and Radio School

1984
Completed the short films, "Peel" (1982), "Passionless Moments" (1984) and her thesis film, "A Girl's Own Story" (1984)

Milestones

2009

Debuted her film "Bright Star" at the Cannes Film Festival

2008

Wrote and directed the 17-minute segment, "The Water Diary" for an eight-part feature titled "8"

2003

Directed Meg Ryan in the erotic thriller, "In the Cut"; also wrote

1999

Directed and co-wrote (with sister Anna) "Holy Smoke"; starred Harvey Keitel and Kate Winslet

1996

Directed Nicole Kidman in "The Portrait of a Lady"; based on a Henry James novel

1993

Received International acclaim for directing "The Piano"; also wrote

1990

Helmed second feature, "Angel at My Table"

1990

Acted opposite her mother Edith Armstrong in the comedy short, "The Audition"; directed by her sister Anne Campion

1989

Made feature directing debut with "Sweetie"; also co-wrote with Gerald Lee

1985

Directed first Australian TV-movie, "Two Friends"

1984

Directed the short film "After Hours" for the Women's Film Unit in Australia

1984

Shot her thesis film, "Girls Own Story"

1983

Directed the short film, "Passionless Moments"

1982

Made first short film, "Peel"; also wrote and edited

1979

Directed first short film, "Tissues," while a student at Sydney College of the Arts

Moved to London after graduating from college where she worked as an assistant to a documentary filmmaker

Attended the Australian Film Television and Radio School

Formed Big Shell Films with her husband Colin Englert

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm really interested in issues of love and superstition - family love, romantic love, reality and illusion, New Age-ism, misconceptions of New Age-ism. I'm interested in all those things. But when I write, I don't think like this. I just think, 'What would be fun to have happen next?' I think in a playful way, and then later I try to examine what's happened." - Campion quoted in Premiere magazine, March 1990

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"I think she really writes about what is exquisite in human beings but not necessarily about the perfection. She writes about the things that are hard to come to terms with in us and those things may be good and the may have elements of evil, or they may have elements of desire." - Holly Hunter, on the the lyrical writings of Jane Campion, quoted in Filmmaker magazine, Fall 1993

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"Jane is Isabel Archer, but she's also Madame Merle. She's reasonably manipulative. She is intensely competitive. She has always managed to get what she's wanted. She will do absolutely what she wants to do, in her life and in her movies" - Nicole Kidman on her friend Jane Campion, quoted in "Heroine Chic" by Howard Feinstein in Vanity Fair magazine, December 1996

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"Here is the key to her personality and way of working - the conspiracy of great friendship that has its own secrets." - Richard E. Grant quoted in "Heroine Chic" by Howard Feinstein in Vanity Fair magazine, December 1996

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