About

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.
 

Technical Info: 
Colour 35mm
Duration: 
154min
Production Year: 
1990
Production Company: 
Hibiscus Films Ltd
Festival/Awards: 
Special Jury Prize, Venice; Critics Prize, Toronto; Valladolid
Sales Agent: 
Hanway Select

New Zealand Film Classification System

Key Roles

Director
Writer
Producer

Key Cast

Janet Frame
Kerry Fox
Janet Frame as adolescent
Alexia Keogh
Janet Frame as a child
Karen Fergusson
Mother
Iris Churn