With An Angel at My Table, Academy Awardâwinning filmmaker Jane Campion brought to the screen the harrowing autobiography of Janet Frame, New Zealandâs most distinguished author. Three actors in turn take on the lead role (including Kerry Fox in a marvelous performance as the adult Frame), as the film describes a journey from an impoverished childhood marked by tragedy to a misdiagnosis of schizophrenia resulting in electroshock therapy and a narrowly escaped lobotomy to, finally, international literary fame. Unobtrusively capturing the beauty and power of the New Zealand landscape while maintaining the filmâs focus on the figure at its center, Campion broke new ground for female filmmakers everywhere and earned a sweep of her countryâs film awards, along with the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.
Audio commentary featuring Jane Campion, Stuart Dryburgh, and actress Kerry Fox
A 10-minute documentary about the making of An Angel at My Table
Six deleted scenes
My Say, an audio interview with Janet Frame from 1983
Original theatrical trailer
A 40-page booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Amy Taubin and excerpts from Frameâs autobiography, on which Campion based her film