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An Angel At My Table


Wed 9 Nov 2016, 6:00pm–8:35pm
Fri 11 Nov 2016, 6:00pm–8:35pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.25 ($10.00 + $0.25 fees)
  • Concession Admission: $8.20 ($8.00 + $0.20 fees)
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale

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.

"One of the many remarkable elements of this beautiful film is the way the characters, though all based on real people (and approved by Frame herself) seem to have stepped from other Campion films. They have the same sweet eccentricities and sexual and emotional hangups as the characters in Sweetie and the director’s short films. Family scenes are also instantly recognizable as Campion’s work. Above all, a potentially painful and harrowing film is imbued with gentle humour and great compassion, which makes every character (even the unappealing ones) come vividly alive. With no less that 140 speaking parts, the film is perfectly cast, with Fox giving a quite remarkable performance as the adult Janet. Campion constructs the film in a series of short, sometimes elliptical scenes, establishing a situation and then moving briskly on to the next sequence, sometimes skipping over considerable periods of time, but always keeping the narrative lucid. ‘An Angel at My Table’ is bound to appeal to audiences seeking an intelligent and compassionate study of a troubled but gifted woman. Campion demonstrates, once again, that she has a special vision of the world." — David Stratton, "Variety," 20 June 1990.

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