Jane Campion
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New Zealand
2022

Jane
Campion

Campion returned to the forefront of the cinematic conversation after nearly three decades with her Netflix feature “The Power of the Dog,” a revisionist western starring Benedict Cumberbatch that explores the cowboy ideal’s toxic masculinity and closeted homosexuality. The film garnered 12 Oscar nominations, including one for best picture, and walked away with a single statuette honoring Campion as best director. Kiwi born and Australia based, she hadn’t received much awards-season love for her big-screen work since 1993’s “The Piano,” which also looks at repressed passion on the frontier — in this instance a mute woman in the mid-1800s transported to New Zealand for an arranged marriage — and won three Oscars, including one for Campion’s original screenplay. On TV, she received wide acclaim for her series “Top of the Lake” (2013-17), co-created with Gerard Lee.  

Career

  • THE PIANO
  • TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL
  • THE POWER OF THE DOG

Education

  • University of the Arts London (UK)
  • University of Sydney (Australia)

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Jane Campion Fears Netflix Will Be 'More Picky' After Subscriber Loss: 'What's Sad Is Not Taking Risks on People Without Names'

Jane Campion Fears Netflix Will Be 'More Picky' After Subscriber Loss: 'What's Sad Is Not Taking Risks on People Without Names'

Jane Campion fears that Netflix's new strategy after facing a loss in subscribers will result in the streaming giant being "more picky" about the projects it decides to fund."I do think they're going to be more picky about other projects or, maybe, what's sad is not taking risks on people without names," Campion told the BBC in a recent interview.Campion, whose 2021 Western "The Power of the Dog" garnered 12 nominations at the Academy Awards, believes that established filmmakers such...

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