Big Screen Symposium

New Zealand director, producer and screenwriter Jane Campion is one of contemporary cinema’s most notable filmmakers. She is the first and only female director to receive the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival (1993) and only the second of four women ever to be nominated as Best Director at the Academy Awards (1994), both for THE PIANO. Jane went on to win Best Screenplay.

Jane studied anthropology at Victoria University in Wellington and painting at London’s Chelsea School of Arts and the Sydney College of the Arts before moving to film in the early 1980s studying at the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

Her first short film, PEEL (1982), winner of the Short Film Palme d’Or in 1986 at Cannes Film Festival was followed in 1989 by SWEETIE, AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE (1990), THE PIANO (1993), THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY (1996); HOLY SMOKE (1999); IN THE CUT (2003) and BRIGHT STAR (2009).

In 2013 Jane created and co-wrote (with Gerard Lee), directed (with Garth Davis) and executive produced the mystery thriller TOP OF THE LAKE, a six-hour TV mini-series for the BBC, UK TV and the Sundance Channel. Jane has created a second series of TOP OF THE LAKE, which she is currently writing with Gerard Lee for a 2016 shoot.

In 2014 Jane was the Jury President of 67th Festival de Cannes.

In Conversation with Jane Campion, Sun 11 October 3.10pm

Directing Masterclass with Jane Campion, Sun 11 October 10.30am