Monthly Feature

The Films of Jane Campion

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Throughout her career, New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion has been a groundbreaker. Not just because in 1993 she was the first female director to win the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for The Piano. And not just because, also for The Piano, she was the second female director to be nominated for the Best Director Academy Award, winning for Best Original Screenplay that same year. She’s also a groundbreaker because she is a singular artist who has built an uncompromising career on her own terms.

“I would love to see more women directors because they represent half of the population – and gave birth to the whole world. Without them writing and being directors, the rest of us are not going to know the whole story.” – Jane Campion

Since first shaking up the film world in the early 1990s as part of an emerging generation of fiercely independent directors, Campion has created a distinctly subversive cinematic universe filled with outsider characters who forge their own paths.  Her gallery of portraits of complicated women rank among the most memorable in the history of cinema, embodied by such actors as Holly Hunter, Nicole Kidman, Meg Ryan, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elisabeth Moss, Anna Paquin and Kirsten Dunst.  Her most recent film, The Power of the Dog, has received universal acclaim and 12 Academy Award nominations, the most of any film in 2021, including a second Best Director nod for Campion.    This April, The Loft Cinema is proud to celebrate the unique vision of Jane Campion with big screen presentations of four of her greatest films.