Women in Film: Jane Campion
A champion of strong, complex characters.
Jane Campion has made a career of helming critically divisive films that feature strong, complex women. While contemporary audiences may know her best as the creator of the miniseries Top of the Lake, Campion first rose to prominence with her movie The Piano, which was nominated for eight Academy Awards and took home three. At the time, Campion was only the second woman ever nominated for Best Director, and while she didn’t win, she did take home the prize for Best Original Screenplay—as did Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin (in her first film role!) for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. One thing’s for sure, whether you love her work or not, Jane Campion crafts one-of-a-kind movies that champion the strong women who star in them.