An Angel at My Table
|An Angel at My Table|
|Directed by||Jane Campion|
|Produced by||Grant Major
|Written by||Laura Jones|
|Based on||To the Is-Land&
An Angel at My Table&
The Envoy from Mirror City
by Janet Frame
|Music by||Don McGlashan|
|Editing by||Veronika Haeussler|
Television New Zealand
|Distributed by||Sharmill Films (AU)
Fine Line Features (US) Artificial Eye (UK)
|Running time||158 minutes|
|Box office||$1,054,638 (US and Canada)|
An Angel at My Table is a 1990 New Zealand-Australian-British 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).
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
- Jessie Mune as Baby Janet
- Kevin J. Wilson as Father
- Francesca Collins
- Melina Bernecker
- Mark Morrison
- Karla Smith
- Sarah Llewellyn
- Natasha Gray as Leslie
- New Zealand Film and TV Awards (1990):
- Toronto International Film Festival (1990):
- International Critics Award: Jane Campion
- Valladolid International Film Festival (1990):
- Best Actress: Kerry Fox
- Venice Film Festival (1990)
- Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics (UCC) (1992):
- Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) (1992):
- CFCA Award: Best Foreign Language Film
- Independent Spirit Awards (1992)
- Best Foreign Film: Jane Campion
Impact and reception
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.
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