Anna Paquin cemented her place in Kiwi film history aged 11, after winning an Oscar for her first film, gothic romance The Piano. Since then the part-Kiwi part-Canadian actor has worked under a roster of stateside directors that includes Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee and Bryan Singer. In 2009 Paquin won a Golden Globe for starring as a telepathic Southern waitress in the first of seven seasons of HBO vampire hit True Blood.
Paquin creates that rarest of things: a profoundly unsympathetic character who is mysteriously, mesmerically, operatically compelling to watch. The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw, in a review of Margaret, 1 December 2011