With An Angel at My Table, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jane Campion brings to the screen the harrowing true-life story of Janet Frame, New Zealand’s most distinguished author. The film follows Frame along her inspiring journey, from a poverty-stricken childhood to a misdiagnosis of schizophrenia and electroshock therapy to, finally, international literary fame. Beautifully capturing the colour and power of the New Zealand landscape, the film earned Campion a sweep of her country’s film awards and the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.
Written by Laura Jones; directed by Jane Campion; produced by Bridget Ikin and John Maynard.
Key festivals (1990)
Venice (In Competition), Sydney, New York, Melbourne, NZ, Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle, Valladolid.
Special jury Prize (Silver Lion), Venice Film Festival 1990
Most Popular film, Sydney Film Festival 1990
International Critics Award, Toronto Film Festival 1990
Best Actress, Valladolid Film Festival 1990
6 New Zealand Film Awards 1990 - Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor
Best Film, Belgian Film Critics Awards 1992
Best Foreign Film, Chicago Film Critics Awards 1992
Best Foreign Film, IEP / West Independent Spirit Awards 1992
Best Screenplay: NSW Premier’s Prize for screenwriting (1990)