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The Audition

Short Film (Full Length) – 1989

Anna Campion directs her mother Edith and younger sister Jane in this slyly observed short: a re-imagining of Edith’s (reluctant) audition for a small role in Jane’s An Angel at My Table. From when Edith picks Jane up at the airport en route to her Otaki home, the professional and personal roles blur. Anxiety, huffs and matriarchal needling ensue as an often comic, sometimes poignant domestic tango between the former stage actress and film director Jane plays out in front of the camera. Anna was studying at London’s Royal College of Art when the film was made.

I would come at 11 o'clock and pussyfoot around her like you would a famous actress, grinding my teeth.
– Anna on directing her prima donna younger sister

Key Cast & Crew

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Anna Campion


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David Hazlett


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Jane Campion

As: Herself

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Edith Campion

As: Herself

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Waka Attewell

As: Himself, Cinematographer

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Ken Saville

Sound Recordist

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Produced by

Royal College of Art