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Genre  Biography, Drama
Country  Australia New Zealand United Kingdom
7.6/10 IMDb

Director  Jane Campion
Language  English
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Release date  5 September 1990 (1990-09-05) (Venice Film Festival) 20 September 1990 (1990-09-20) (Australia)
Based on  To the Is-Land& An Angel at My Table& The Envoy from Mirror City  by Janet Frame
Writer  Janet Frame (autobiographical books "To the Is-Land", "An Angel at My Table" and "The Envoy from Mirror City"), Laura Jones (screenplay)
Initial release  September 20, 1990 (Australia)
Cast  Kerry Fox (Janet Frame), Alexia Keogh (Janet Frame as adolescent), Karen Fergusson (Janet Frame as a child), Iris Churn (Mother), Jessie Mune (Janet Frame as a baby), Kevin J. Wilson (Father)
Similar movies  The Voyeur, Knock Knock, All Ladies Do It, Sexual Chronicles of a French Family, Django Unchained, The Boy Next Door

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An Angel at My Table is a 1990 New Zealand-Australian-British film directed by Jane Campion. The film is based on Janet Frame's three autobiographies, To the Is-Land (1982), An Angel at My Table (1984), and The Envoy from Mirror City (1984). The film was very well received, winning multiple awards including at the New Zealand Film and Television awards, the Toronto International Film Festival and received second prize at the Venice Film Festival.


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An Angel at My Table is a dramatisation of the autobiographies of New Zealand author Janet Frame. Originally produced as a television mini-series, the film, as with Frame's autobiographies, is divided into three sections, with the lead role played by three actresses who portray Frame at different stages of her life: Karen Fergusson (child), Alexia Keogh (adolescent), and Kerry Fox (adult). The film follows Frame from when she grows up in a poor family, through her years in a mental institution, and into her writing years after her escape.


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  • Kerry Fox as Janet Frame (adult)
  • Alexia Keogh as Janet Frame (adolescent)
  • Karen Fergusson as Janet Frame (child)
  • Iris Churn as Mother
  • Kevin J. Wilson as Father
  • Melina Bernecker as Myrtle
  • Glynis Angell as Isabel
  • Mark Morrison as Bruddie Frame (child)
  • Sarah Llewellyn as June Frame (child)
  • Natasha Gray as Leslie
  • Brenda Kendall as Miss Botting
  • Martyn Sanderson as Frank Sargeson
  • Awards

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  • New Zealand Film and TV Awards (1990):
  • Best Cinematography: Stuart Dryburgh
  • Best Director: Jane Campion
  • Best Film
  • Best Performance in Supporting Role: Martyn Sanderson
  • Best Female Performance: Kerry Fox
  • Best Screenplay: Laura Jones
  • Toronto International Film Festival (1990):
  • International Critics Award: Jane Campion
  • Valladolid International Film Festival (1990):
  • Best Actress: Kerry Fox
  • Venice Film Festival (1990)
  • Elvira Notari Prize: Jane Campion
  • Filmcritica "Bastone Bianco" Award: Jane Campion
  • Grand Special Jury Prize: Jane Campion
  • Little Golden Lion Award: Jane Campion
  • OCIC Award: Jane Campion
  • Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics (UCC) (1992):
  • Grand Prix
  • Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) (1992):
  • CFCA Award: Best Foreign Language Film
  • Independent Spirit Awards (1992)
  • Best Foreign Film: Jane Campion
  • Impact and reception

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    An Angel at My Table was the first film from New Zealand to be screened at the Venice Film Festival, where it received multiple standing ovations and was awarded the Grand Special Jury Prize despite evoking yells of protest that it did not win The Golden Lion. In addition to virtually sweeping the local New Zealand film awards, it also took home the prize for best foreign film at the Independent Spirit Awards and the International Critics' Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film not only established Jane Campion as an emerging director and launched the career of Kerry Fox, but it also introduced a broader audience to Janet Frame's writing.

    Roger Ebert gave the film 4 out of 4 stars, stating; "[The film] tells its story calmly and with great attention to human detail and, watching it, I found myself drawn in with a rare intensity". The film also received praise in The Guardian where Derek Malcolm called it "one of the very best films of the year". The Sydney Morning Herald described the film as "deeply moving" and "visionary" while Variety described it as being "totally absorbing".


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