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A documentary about author Janet Frame based on the eponymous biography by Michael King. It travels through the familiar Frame themes - her alleged mental illness, family tragedies, overseas stays, how she began writing. Its value, and fresh insight, lies in the interviews with Frame's close friends and key figures in her life. They shed light on her personality and achievements. King in particular provides a considered, often-amusing account of Frame's life. This was his last interview for film; he was killed in a car accident in 2004.


A perspective by Mary-Jane Duffy 13.02.2009

Wrestling with the Angel is a documentary based on the 2000 biography by historian Michael King, about New Zealand novelist, Janet Frame. ...

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 Peter Bell
 Bronwen Stewart
 Wayne Vinten

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amazing, insight to her life and now mine...her ability to withdraw for her protection... thank you Janet. I know you have always been near and dear to me...strange but true!

 Susan Johnston

Susan Johnston

Love Janet Frame, her way of writing is definitely unique in pulling you into her emotion. Thank you for and extra glimpse of her life.

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