These four 16mm short films were made by Campion in the early to mid-Eighties, before her feature-length success with Sweetie, An Angel at My Table, and The Piano.They include “Peel,” a 9-minute film about a red-haired family; “A Girl's Own Story,” which is about the Beatles, the Sixties, and growing up; “Passionless Moments,” a series of wry vignettes; and “After Hours,” a short drama about sexual harassment in the office. The collection also includes a short film by the director's sister, Anna Campion, which documents their mother's audition for a small role in An Angel at My Table and the attendant mother-daughter tensions.
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Jane Campion's achingly immediate yet eternal story about the love between tubercular poet John Keats and the literal girl-next-door, Fanny Brawne. It affords the filmmaker another rich opportunity to scratch beneath the surface of female sexuality.