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January 7, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Australian filmmaker and former Palme d'Or winner Jane Campion has been named president of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival competition jury. Campion will lead a group that has the task of handing out the Palme and other top prizes to the approximately 20 competition films. Campion has a deep history with Cannes. She is the only female director to have won the Palme, taking the honor for "The Piano" in 1993. She appeared at the festival with her period drama "Bright Star" in 2009 and godfathered the Australian coming-of-age drama "Sleeping Beauty" two years ago. Festival director Thierry Fremaux said in a statement that Campion "is one of those directors who perfectly embody the idea that you can make films as an artist and yet still appeal to a worldwide public.
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January 18, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
The very petite Holly Hunter walked the red carpet at the SAG Awards on Saturday in support of the Jane Campion-directed miniseries, "Top of the Lake. " Hunter is vying against her "Lake" costar, Elisabeth Moss, for the best performance by an actress in a television movie or miniseries. The gritty drama was filmed for Sundance in New Zealand, and when Campion first called Hunter about playing the role of feminist seer G.J., Hunter was at first unsure. SAG Awards 2014: Full coverage | Red carpet | Winners | Complete list "Jane, why?
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January 18, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
The very petite Holly Hunter walked the red carpet at the SAG Awards on Saturday in support of the Jane Campion-directed miniseries, "Top of the Lake. " Hunter is vying against her "Lake" costar, Elisabeth Moss, for the best performance by an actress in a television movie or miniseries. The gritty drama was filmed for Sundance in New Zealand, and when Campion first called Hunter about playing the role of feminist seer G.J., Hunter was at first unsure. SAG Awards 2014: Full coverage | Red carpet | Winners | Complete list "Jane, why?
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January 7, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Australian filmmaker and former Palme d'Or winner Jane Campion has been named president of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival competition jury. Campion will lead a group that has the task of handing out the Palme and other top prizes to the approximately 20 competition films. Campion has a deep history with Cannes. She is the only female director to have won the Palme, taking the honor for "The Piano" in 1993. She appeared at the festival with her period drama "Bright Star" in 2009 and godfathered the Australian coming-of-age drama "Sleeping Beauty" two years ago. Festival director Thierry Fremaux said in a statement that Campion "is one of those directors who perfectly embody the idea that you can make films as an artist and yet still appeal to a worldwide public.
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June 20, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
Two decades after Holly Hunter's Oscar-winning turn in "The Piano," the actress reteamed with director Jane Campion for the Sundance Channel's acclaimed miniseries "Top of the Lake. " Hunter played GJ, an odd oracle who leads a New Age compound for lost women. In a recent video conversation, we spoke with Hunter about working with Campion again and the mysteries surrounding her character. I've read that you said this was a very difficult character for you to get into. How finally did you understand her?
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June 14, 1991 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Celebrated New Zealand author Janet Frame, the subject of the new Jane Campion film "An Angel at My Table," was mistakenly diagnosed as schizophrenic and hospitalized for eight years in the '40s, during which time she received more than 200 shock treatments. Campion and her screenwriter, Laura Jones, present Frame's diagnosis, and its harrowing consequences, as the defining event of her life.
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June 9, 1991 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, Steve Weinstein is a regular contributor to Calendar
Like Janus, the two-faced Roman God of beginnings and endings, Jane Campion has two faces of her own. There's the social Jane--all smiles and levity and yearnings to be loved. And then there's the Jane of her films--dark and probing and provocative and bold--a woman more easily confused with David Lynch and Flannery O'Connor than with Jane Pauley. Most of the time, the New Zealand-born director juggles her two faces without much psychological strain.
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March 14, 1994 | DAVID J. FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the 66th Academy Awards a week away, Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List" continued to dominate the film awards season over the weekend, adding honors for screenwriting and editing to its already impressive array of prizes. Clearly, the stage is set for "Schindler's List" to sweep the Academy Awards, with more than a possibility that the movie will win Oscars in all 12 categories for which it was nominated, including best motion picture of 1993.
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May 25, 1993 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Faced with having to choose between two exceptional films, the jury at the Cannes Film Festival did what juries rarely do: It acted sensibly and split the Palme D'Or between Jane Campion's "The Piano" and Chen Kaige's "Farewell to My Concubine." Chen's nearly three-hour epic investigation of half a century of Chinese history, which also won the International Critics Prize, was the first film from China to take Cannes' top prize.
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October 26, 2003 | Manohla Dargis, Times Staff Writer
Jane CAMPION twirls a pigtail and laughs. The director of such genre- and gender-bending movies as "The Piano" and "Holy Smoke" is talking about the time she, her friend Nicole Kidman and producer Laurie Parker thought that they could rule the world or, at least, America with a project they wanted to develop called "In the Cut." "Us girls -- Laurie, Nic and myself -- had this fabulous idea," Campion says. "We were trying to be like moguls.
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January 5, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Top of the Lake BBC Warner, $34.98 The New Zealand TV miniseries "Top of the Lake" is a different kind of mystery-procedural - more like a cross between "Twin Peaks" and "The Killing" than an episode of "Law & Order. " Credit the creators: writer Gerard Lee and writer-director Jane Campion, the latter of whom is best known for her Oscar-winning film "The Piano. " Here Campion tones down her arty, elliptical style and conforms to television conventions, telling a slow-burning but fairly gripping story about a big-city police detective (Elisabeth Moss)
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July 18, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Elisabeth Moss was at home in New York, trying to stay out of the sweltering, nearly triple-digit heat when she got the happy news she'd been nominated for two Emmys for two startlingly different projects: the stylish advertising drama "Mad Men" and Jane Campion's eerily seductive "Top of The Lake," set in a backwater town in New Zealand. We talked to her about her double nominations, what to do when you're cooped up in New Zealand for five months (hint: catch up on "Downton Abbey")
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June 20, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
Two decades after Holly Hunter's Oscar-winning turn in "The Piano," the actress reteamed with director Jane Campion for the Sundance Channel's acclaimed miniseries "Top of the Lake. " Hunter played GJ, an odd oracle who leads a New Age compound for lost women. In a recent video conversation, we spoke with Hunter about working with Campion again and the mysteries surrounding her character. I've read that you said this was a very difficult character for you to get into. How finally did you understand her?
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June 12, 2013
Join actress Holly Hunter and Times staff writer Glenn Whipp today at noon PDT for a live video chat about Hunter's work on the Sundance Channel 's miniseries "Top of the Lake. " We're assuming you're at least passingly familiar with Holly Hunter's Oscar-winning turn in Jane Campion's 1993 masterpiece of moody atmosphere "The Piano. " And you might well have imagined that Hunter would never again come across a character as singular as that film's mute Scotswoman, though, yes, subsequently she worked with David Cronenberg on "Crash" and was pretty fantastic as Helen Parr/Elastigirl in "The Incredibles.
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March 18, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Top of the Lake" is the first miniseries from filmmaker Jane Campion of New Zealand ("The Piano," "Bright Star"). I have seen only the first three of its seven parts, which begin Monday with two episodes on Sundance Channel, and though I suppose there is some chance it all will go off the rails, early signs suggest it will bend toward something even more mysterious, beautiful, unsettling and satisfying than the mysterious, beautiful, unsettling, satisfying...
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March 17, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
It's a sun-soaked afternoon in Los Angeles, but Elisabeth Moss is shivering. Sitting in the back room at the Pikey on Sunset Boulevard, Moss recalls how cold the water was in New Zealand, where she filmed "Top of the Lake," a miniseries created by Jane Campion that premieres Monday on the Sundance Channel. "The lake is the same temperature all year round: freezing," says Moss, wearing a loose white cotton dress, her short brown hair tucked neatly behind one ear. "My makeup artist had this black plastic bucket and they would fill it with hot water and I would go sit in it fully clothed to warm up. " It's an odd detail, but it's in keeping with the making of the moody crime drama, filmed over a five-month period against a staggeringly beautiful natural backdrop of soaring mountains, rugged bush and the omnipresent lake.
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December 13, 1993 | DAVID J. FOX and CHARLES CHAMPLIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES, David J. Fox is a Times staff writer; Charles Champlin is Times arts editor emeritus. and
Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List," an epic dramatization of the Holocaust, was voted best picture of 1993 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., establishing it as a front-runner for the 66th annual Academy Awards to be presented March 21. The film, which doesn't open until Wednesday, is a 195-minute drama in black and white with such respected, but non-star actors as Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley.
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April 17, 2011 | By Dennis Lim, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Jane Campion's movies have varied from Gothic romance ("The Piano") to erotic thriller ("In the Cut") to literary drama ("Bright Star"), but most of them center on willful, even difficult women. Her long line of prickly heroines, who tend to challenge or disregard societal pieties and are generally regarded by those around them as threats or annoyances, begins with the sisters Kay and Dawn in "Sweetie," her 1989 debut, which the Criterion Collection is issuing in a Blu-ray high-definition edition this week.
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