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Earlier this year, it was revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, and Elisabeth Moss were all signed to star in the new film, “The Power of the Dog,” from acclaimed filmmaker Jane Campion. However, as these things tend to happen, one of the afor…

It wouldn’t be Cannes time if we didn’t have news about filmmaker Jane Campion. The acclaimed writer-director always pops up this time of year, as she is probably best known as the sole female to win the coveted Palme d’Or award at the French film fest…

Every year, during awards season, there are films that seem to get lost in the fray and ultimately forgotten by those folks voting on which are deserving of consideration. It’s not to say that the films are necessarily not good enough for nominations, …

Jane Campion is a one-of-a-kind filmmaker. That’s not some hyperbolic statement, either. Literally, Campion holds a distinction that no other female director does. She has actually walked away with the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. This weeke…

A large and looming question coming up as the curtain has been raised on sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood, is how will this affect the future of the industry? Are these daily stories and public shamings of the aggressors enough to stop the de…

Jane Campion has helped to pave the way for women in her field since the early 1980s.  As much as it would be nice to overlook Campion’s gender, the industry appeared both unable and unwilling to do so in the past.  Since its inception in 1929, only 4 women have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director, Jane being the second.  Campion appeared at the Film Society of Lincoln Center last week to chronicle her astonishing career, discuss her love of David Lynch and what it really means to be a filmmaker. Continue reading Jane Campion Talks Her Career and ‘Top Of The Lake: China Girl’ at The Playlist.

What can we say about Jane Campion that we didn’t already say last week in lauding the venerable filmmaker’s feminist history? Simply put, the New Zealander is one of the greatest filmmakers in the world. The first woman awarded the Palme d’Or at Cannes—for her Oscar-winning 1993 feature “The Piano”—and the second woman ever nominated for the Academy Award prize for Best Director, Campion’s indelible, revelatory  career started in 1989 with her debut “Sweetie,” and it launched one of the most distinctive voices in cinema. Continue reading Essentials: The Films Of Jane Campion at The Playlist.

Watching Jane Campion stumble through the second season of her SundanceTV series, “Top of the Lake: China Girl,” means watching an imminently talented and self-assured storyteller misplace her self-assurance. In keeping with its first season, “Top of the Lake’s” craftsmanship remains stellar in its second; Campion’s eye for impeccable visuals hasn’t faded. Also in keeping with the first season is her high standard for performance. No single actor in her ensemble cast slacks, or slouches, or otherwise impedes the production. Continue reading Jane Campion’s ‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’ Can’t Match The First Season [Review] at The Playlist.

Starting tomorrow, The Film Society of Lincoln Center will honor Jane Campion with a retrospective, “Jane Campion’s Own Stories,” including an evening with the filmmaker herself. This is just one more accolade in the Academy Award and Palme d’Or-winning filmmaker’s estimable career, as she has spent decades in the male-dominated world of cinema creating profound work by and about women. According to the press release from FSLC: “Campion makes films that reflect a highly personal and idiosyncratic style, influenced by her background in anthropology and painting, and notable for their visual inventiveness, dark sense of humor, and complex depictions of women and sexuality. Continue reading The Feminist History Of Jane Campion, From ‘Sweetie’ To ‘Top Of The Lake’ at The Playlist.

Here at The Playlist, we called “Top of the Lake” director Jane Campion the fourth most exciting TV auteur working today, saying: “[Campion’s] meticulous approach to television feels like she has found a way to use the medium to its fullest: in the best way, ‘Top Of The Lake’ season 1 felt cinematic, in terms of its visuals but also its sense of atmosphere and place.” It’s safe to say that we’re eagerly anticipating the show’s sophomore season premiere this September. Continue reading Jane Campion’s ‘Top Of The Lake: China Girl’: There’s No Going Back In Season 2 Trailer at The Playlist.