The Short Films of Jane Campion

Directed by Jane Campion.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Fri., July 15, 1994

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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