The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival: Jane Campion Talk

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

The Oscar winning director comes to the BFI to discuss her impressive career.

There is often a deliberate ambiguity in a Jane Campion film which allows the audience to focus on what is unseen or unsaid and openly interpret the narrative possibilities. Since Campion's first short film Peel won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1982, she has made her mark internationally as a filmmaker with a distinctive visual and narrative style. Her use of strong female characters has undoubtedly contributed to her films becoming marked as powerful texts for feminist analysis. The recurring themes of madness and desire in Campion's work are prevalent in her debut feature Sweetie (LFF 1989), and a fascination with the darker side of romance is demonstrated by her declared passion for the Gothic literature of the Brontës, and exemplified in The Piano (for which Campion was nominated for a Best Director Oscar in 1993 and won for Best Screenplay, in addition to many other awards, including her second Palme d'Or). In the beautiful Bright Star, Campion sews her signature style poetically through the narrative to help create a sensitive portrayal of a tragic love story in a way that only Jane Campion could. Timothy Smith



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