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The Strangest of Angels

Film (Trailer) – 2023

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In this filmed opera, the true story of iconic author Janet Frame is imbued with an element of fiction. Whilst Frame (Jayne Tankersley) awaits her impending lobotomy, the fictional character of Nurse Baillie (Anna Leese) struggles to perform her professional duties, as Frame was a childhood friend. Director Rebecca Tansley (ballet documentary The Heart Dances, Crossing Rachmaninoff) recreated this acclaimed New Zealand opera on the site of a former mental hospital. The music is performed by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. The Strangest of Angels premieres at the 2023 NZ International Film Festival. 

Will she remember anything after this? Was she even mad at all?
– Nurse Baillie (Anna Leese)

Key Cast & Crew

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Thomas Gleeson

Editor

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Anna Leese

Composer, As: Nurse Katherine Baillie

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Rebecca Tansley

Director, Producer

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Jess Charlton

Cinematographer

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Georgia Jamieson Emms

Writer, Libretto

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Jane Tankersley

As: Janet Frame

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Acknowledgements

Made with support from Creative New Zealand , the Nicholas Tarling Charitable Trust, RNZ Concert and the Stout Trust 

Music

Music by Kenneth Young with Anna Leese

Performed by Anna Leese, Jayne Tankersley and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Young

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