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After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in her country of birth, New Zealand, JANE CAMPION studied painting at Sydney College of Arts graduating with a Diploma of Fine Arts in 1979. She began flimmaking when she attended the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in the early eighties. The first film she wrote and directed here, the short PEEL (1982), won the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986. Her other short films - all of which won various Australian and International awards - are: A GIRL'S OWN STORY (1983), PASSIONLESS MOMENTS (1984), AFTER HOURS (1984) and the telefeature TWO FRIENDS (1986).

Campion's first feature SWEETIE (1989) - which she also co-wrote - premiered In Competition at Cannes, won the Georges Sadoul Prize in 1989, the LA Film Critics New Generation Award in 1990, the American Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Feature and the Australian Critics Award for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress. Campion followed this with AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE (1990), a dramatization of the autobiographies of Janet Frame adapted by Laura Jones, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 1990 winning seven prizes including the Silver Lion. ANGEL was also awarded prizes at the Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals, won the American Spirit Award for Best Foreign Feature, and was voted the Most Popular Film at the Sydney Film Festival in 1990.

THE PIANO (1992), written and directed by Campion, has received over thirty international film awards, including the Palme D'or at Cannes in 1993 and nine nominations at the 66th Academy Awards the same year, where it collected Best Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Campion's next feature, A PORTRAIT OF A LADY, adapted for the screen by Laura Jones from Henry James' novel and produced by Monty Montgomery, screened at the 1996 Venice Film Festival, where it was awarded the Francesco Pasinetti Award by the National Union of Film Journalists. It also received two Oscar nominations. Campion returned to the Venice Film Festival in 1997 as the President of the International Jury of the 54th Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica festival.

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