An Angel at My Table

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An Angel at My Table
Angel at my table movie poster.jpg
Directed by Jane Campion
Produced by Grant Major
Bridget Ikin
Written by Laura Jones
Based on To the Is-Land&
An Angel at My Table&
The Envoy from Mirror City 
by Janet Frame
Starring Kerry Fox
Music by Don McGlashan
Cinematography Stuart Dryburgh
Edited by Veronika Haeussler
Television New Zealand
Channel 4
Hibiscus Films
Distributed by Sharmill Films (AU)
Fine Line Features (US) Artificial Eye (UK)
Release date(s)
  • 5 September 1990 (1990-09-05) (Venice Film Festival)
  • 20 September 1990 (1990-09-20) (Australia)
Running time 158 minutes
Country Australia
New Zealand
United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $1,054,638 (US and Canada)[1]

An Angel at My Table is a 1990 New Zealand-Australian-British[2] film directed by Jane Campion. The film is based on Janet Frame's three autobiographies, To the Is-Land (1982), An Angel at My Table (1984), and The Envoy from Mirror City (1984).[3]


An Angel at My Table is a dramatisation of the autobiographies of New Zealand author Janet Frame. Originally produced as a television mini-series, the film, as with Frame's autobiographies, is divided into three sections, with the lead role played by three different actresses who portray Frame at different stages of her life: Karen Fergusson (child), Alexia Keogh (adolescent) and Kerry Fox (adult).


  • Kerry Fox as Janet Frame (adult)
  • Alexia Keogh as Janet Frame (adolescent)
  • Karen Fergusson as Janet Frame (child)
  • Iris Churn as Mother
  • Kevin J. Wilson as Father
  • Melina Bernecker as Myrtle
  • Glynis Angell as Isabel
  • Mark Morrison as Bruddie Frame (child)
  • Sarah Llewellyn as June Frame (child)
  • Natasha Gray as Leslie
  • Brenda Kendall as Miss Botting
  • Martyn Sanderson as Frank Sargeson


Impact and reception[edit]

An Angel at My Table was the first film from New Zealand to be screened at the Venice Film Festival, where it was awarded the Grand Special Jury Prize. In addition to virtually sweeping the local New Zealand film awards, it also took home the prize for best foreign film at the Independent Spirit Awards and the International Critics' Award at the Toronto Film Festival. The film not only established Jane Campion as an emerging director and launched the career of Kerry Fox, but it also introduced a broader audience to Janet Frame's writing.

Roger Ebert gave the film 4 out of 4 stars, stating; "[The film] tells its story calmly and with great attention to human detail and, watching it, I found myself drawn in with a rare intensity".[4]


  1. ^ "An Angel at My Table (1991)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "An Angel at My Table". British Film Institute. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Hunter Cordaiy, "An Angel at My Table", Cinema Papers, November 1990 p 32-36
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger (21 June 1991). "An Angel at My Table". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 

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