New Zealand director, producer and screenwriter Jane Campion is the only female director to receive the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival (1993) and also only the second of four women ever to be nominated as Best Director at the Academy Awards (1994), both for The Piano. Jane went on to win Best Screenplay.
Jane studied at the Australian Film Television and Radio School and her first short film, Peel (1982), won Best Short Film Palme d’Or in 1986 in Cannes Film Festival. In 1989 Jane directed Sweetie, her first feature film, and in 1990 An Angel at My Table about New Zealand author Janet Frame. Subsequent to the multi-award-winning The Piano were The Portrait of a Lady (1996); Holy Smoke (1999); In the Cut (2003); Bright Star (2009) and the mystery thriller Top of the Lake (2012), a six-hour TV mini-series starring, among others, Holly Hunter, which Jane executive produced, co-wrote and directed 3 episodes for the BBC and the Sundance Channel. The series screened at Berlin & Sundance Film Festivals, received 8 Emmy nominations, 2 Golden Globe nominations and won Best Drama at 2013 Screen Producer’s Association Awards.
Jane has recently completed production on the second Top of the Lake series which she created, co-wrote, directed 2 episodes and executive produced.