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Directed by Jane Campion, An Angel at My Table is adapted from author Janet Frame's renowned three-part autobiography. It threads together a series of images and scenes to evoke Frame's dramatic life story. Originally made as a TV drama, the much-acclaimed and richly-visual film established Campion as an international director, launched the career of actress Kerry Fox, and introduced new audiences to the "mirror city" of Frame's writing. This excerpt follows Frame's life-saving escape from Seacliff Asylum, to first publishing success at Frank Sargeson’s bach.


Background to An Angel at My Table by Mary-Jane Duffy 19.09.2008

An Angel at My Table (1990) saw Jane Campion direct an adaptation of the three volumes of Janet Frame's autobiography (To the Is-Land, ...

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 Jane Campion
 John Maynard
 Bridget Ikin

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I got in near the end of the film, but what I saw was a remarkable actress, Kerry Fox. She displayed a wonderful range of personalities. I will try to find the film and view it from the beginning.



Did the Irish band "The Frames" adapt there name from Miss Frame. They have a song called "Angel At My Table".



This movie was wonderful. Thank you for sharing her story with us. She will never be forgotten.


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Campion enters Frame's very soul. Rarely have childhood scenes been so evocatively recreated. 
Yes, it is visually beautiful, and, yes, it is well-acted, but it doesn't call attention to its qualities. It tells its story calmly and with great attention to human detail and, watching it, I found myself drawn in with a rare intensity. 
One of the very best films of the year 
I can't believe it! Well not everyone's that lucky Walda - not on their first try ... something must have clicked! 


1992 Independent Spirit Awards (United States)
Best Foreign Film

1990 Venice Film Festival
Grand Special Jury Prize (the festival's second prize)
Film Critica  'Bastone Bianco' Award (best film, from a panel of Italian critics)
Elvira Notari Prize (by a panel of women film critics: for best woman director, best film about a woman, & best actress)
Agis Scuola Prize (by a student panel)
OCIC Award (International Catholic Organisation for Cinema & Audiovisual)

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Director: Jane Campion
Screenwriting: Laura Jones
Cinematography: Stuart Drysburgh
Female Performance: Kerry Fox
Supporting Role: Martyn Sanderson