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An Angel at My Table -- The film follows author Janet Frame through her inspiring true story, from a poverty-stricken childhood to a misdiagnosis of schizophrenia and electroshock therapy to, finally, international literary fame.

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Director:
Writers:
Janet Frame (autobiographies To the Is-Land, An Angel at My Table and The Envoy from Mirror City)
Laura Jones
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Release Date:
20 September 1990 (Australia) See more »
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Plot:
In 1920s and 1930s New Zealand, Janet Frame grows up in a poor family with lots of brothers and sisters... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
17 wins & 2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(30 articles)
Worldwide deal for Oz feature documentary
 (From IF.com.au. 18 March 2014, 5:51 PM, PDT)

Nz Film Commission Quits Sales Business
 (From Variety - Film News. 10 March 2014, 1:21 AM, PDT)

End of an era as Nzfc quits sales role
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kerry Fox ... Janet Frame
Alexia Keogh ... Janet Frame as adolescent
Karen Fergusson ... Janet Frame as a teenager
Iris Churn ... Mother
Jessie Mune ... Baby Janet

Kevin J. Wilson ... Father
Francesca Collins ... Baby Jane
Melina Bernecker ... Myrtle
Mark Morrison ... Bruddie Frame as child
Katherine Murray-Cowper ... Young Isabel
Mark Thomson ... Billy Delaware
Brenda Kendall ... Miss Botting
Paul Moffat ... Dis McIvor
Blair Hutchison ... Bully Boy
David McAuslan ... Bully Boy
Ailene Herring ... Teacher
Faye Flegg ... Doctor
Carla Hedgeman ... Young Poppy
Timothy Bartlett ... Gussy Dymock
Richard Mills ... Talent Scout
Sassy Acorn ... Audition Girl
Tony Creamer ... Audition Boy
Hamish McFarlane ... Avril Luxon
Geoff Barlow ... Headmaster
Samantha Townsley ... Teenage Isabel
Sarah Llewellyn ... June Frame as Child
Christopher Lawrence ... Bruddie Frame as Teen
Edith Campion ... Miss Lindsay
Fiona Kay ... Marguerite
Brian Flegg ... Doctor
Eileen Clark ... Neighbor
Margaret Gordon ... Neighbor
Caroline Somerville ... Poppy as teen
Lilian Enting ... Miss Crowe
Fiona Brown ... Shirley
Maureen Duffy ... Miss Farnie
Karla Smith ... Sybil
Willa O'Neill ... Edith
Fritha Stalker ... Bridget
Melanie Reid ... Melanie

Natasha Gray ... Lesley
Kelly Stewart ... Rose

Andrew Robertt ... Bruddie (as Andrew Binns)
Glynis Angell ... Isabel
Susan McGregor ... June Frame as teen
Erin Mills ... Katherine
Virginia Brocklehurst ... Rona
Natalie Ellis ... Aunt Isy
Eddie Hegan ... Uncle George
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy ... June
Colin McColl ... John Forrest
Erin Dorricott ... Eunice
Francene Clark ... Mary
Doreen Donnell ... Teacher
Alistair Douglas ... Headmaster
Rod Collison ... Mr. Niles
Harry Lavington ... Head of Psychology
Sheryl Stewart ... Nurse Maitland
Cushla Ashton ... Borstal Girl
Jacqueline O'Rourke ... Borstal Girl
Joy Trow ... Woman on Platform
June Shane ... Neighbour
Annabel Lomas ... Mrs. Chandler (as Annabelle Lomas)
Ann Coc-Kroft ... Nurse
David Stott ... Doctor
Elizabeth McRae ... Nurse
Jim Rawdon ... Wilson
Peter Brunt ... Dr. Burt
Celia Nicholson ... Piona
Peter Needham ... Dr. Palmer
Joshua Cole ... June and Wilson's Child
Ian Hendl ... June and Wilson's Child
Martyn Sanderson ... Frank Sargeson
Jessica Wilcox ... Kay Stead
Mark Clare ... Karl Stead
Helene Anderson ... Norwegian Woman
Joan Foster ... Hotel Manageress
David Letch ... Patrick
Rob Jayne ... Ben
Sharon Marsden ... Katie
Collette Cooper ... Bohemian
Paul Norell ... Bohemian
Julia Calvo ... Spanish Woman on Train
Carlos Martínez ... Spanish Official
Maria Matias ... Spanish Woman
Michael Harry ... Colin
Maria Mercedes Moroto ... Catalina
Paula Sánchez ... Francesca
Timothy Smith ... Edwin Mather
Alison Bruce ... Dora
William Brandt ... Bernhard
Gwyneth Hugues ... Matron
Gerald Bryan ... Dr. Cawley
Billie Atkinson ... Mrs. Morgan
Peter Dennett ... Mark Goulden
David McKenzie ... Alan Sillitoe
Eleanor Wragge ... Ruth Sillitoe
Caroline Flint ... Mrs. Goulden
Rachel Hernandez ... Columba
Patrick Griffiths ... Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Dacey ... Extra in games scene in room (uncredited)
Melissa Dawson ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jane Campion 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Janet Frame  autobiographies To the Is-Land, An Angel at My Table and The Envoy from Mirror City
Laura Jones 

Produced by
Bridget Ikin .... producer
John Maynard .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Don McGlashan 
 
Cinematography by
Stuart Dryburgh 
 
Film Editing by
Veronika Jenet  (as Veronika Haeussler)
 
Casting by
Diana Rowan 
 
Production Design by
Grant Major 
 
Art Direction by
Jackie Gilmore 
Grant Major 
 
Costume Design by
Glenys Jackson 
 
Makeup Department
Marjory Hamlin .... hair stylist
Marjory Hamlin .... makeup artist
Cheryl Newton .... wig maker
Elle Stephenson .... hair stylist
Elle Stephenson .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Owen Hughes .... production manager
Lisa Kissin .... unit manager
Janet McIver .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jessica Hobbs .... second assistant director
John Maynard .... second unit director
Malcom Robertson .... third assistant director
Corrie Soeterboek .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Bob Asquith .... scenic artist (as Bob Askwith)
Graham Aston .... art department assistant
Meryl Cronin .... set dresser
Nicky Marshall .... art department assistant
Lyndsay Meager .... stand-by props
John Miles .... construction manager
Russell Munro .... carpenter
Horace Newton .... carpenter
Annette Patrick .... set finisher
Paul Radford .... scenic artist
Trevor Tutte .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
John Dennison .... dubbing editor
John Dennison .... sound mixer
Robert Lennon .... assistant sound editor
George Lyle .... boom operator
Graham Morris .... sound recordist
Tony Vaccher .... dubbing editor
Tony Vaccher .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Amanda Clark .... clapper loader
Allen Guilford .... photography: second unit
Brian Harris .... grip
John Maynard .... still photographer
Peter McCaffrey .... assistant camera
Sean O'Neill .... generator operator
Danny Williams .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Alex Boyd .... casting assistant
Faith Martin .... casting: Australia
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lesley Burkes-Harding .... assistant costume designer (as Lesley Burkes)
Susan Hackshaw .... stand-by wardrobe
Trixie Woodill .... stand-by wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Joyce Alchin .... negative matcher
Margaret Bourke .... negative matcher
Theo Brandt .... assistant editor
Arthur Cambridge .... color grader
Jane Cole .... assistant editor
Mary Dennison .... assistant editor
Melanie Oliver .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Keith Ballantyne .... score recordist
Graeme Myhre .... score mixer
 
Other crew
Tina Andreef .... assistant to director
Monserrat Baste-Kraan .... production coordinator: Spain
Juan Antonio Caballero .... production runner: Spain
Anna Campion .... production assistant: London
Jan Chapman .... script editor
Lynn-Maree Danzey .... script supervisor
Greg De Marigny .... production runner
Katherine Fry .... production assistant
Moira Grant .... production assistant
David Hazlett .... production assistant: London
Lisa Kissin .... location manager
Sam Thompson .... production coordinator
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for sensuality and language
Runtime:
158 min
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Kerry Fox gained two stone for her role as Janet Frame. She managed this by drinking liters of Coca-Cola, eating packets of chocolate biscuits and going on the pill.See more »
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55 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
a kindred spirit in janet frame..., 17 November 1999
Author: seababy from monterey bay, ca.

I discovered this incredible film by accident, if there are such things as accidents like this...I saw the title in a movie review book (and a very brief summary) and it intrigued me. Because I knew it was a New Zealand import from years ago, I never even bothered trying to locate a copy. So when it called out to me months later from the shelves in the video shop, I felt eerily compelled to rent it. I watched it by myself in the wee hours of the morning--and it could not have been more ideal.

An Angel at My Table is the story of New Zealand's famous writer, Janet Frame. Fairly long, but never boring, it is told in three 50 minute interludes, taking us through her impoverished childhood, awkward adolescence, and the terrifying and eventually triumphant years that follow: Janet was a plump little girl, with an unruly mop of bright red hair. She was fascinated with books and stories at an early age ~ a friend had lent her a copy of Grimm's which she treasured. A certificate of merit in grade school allowed her the use of the public library where she became even more immersed in literature. Despite financial hardships, her father managed to buy her a journal "for her writings." By her late teens she was no longer plump, but a rather crippling shyness had set in. At social functions she played the wallflower. She preferred to be by herself, where she could nurture her passion for creating stories. She went on to become a teacher (though the idea no longer appealed to her), and suffered a panic attack when a supervisor "sat in" on one of her classes. It was advised that Janet have a psychiatric evaluation--a misdiagnosis of schizophrenia (later changed to nothing more than shyness and depression) landed her in a mental institution for eight years of electric shock therapy, each session she narrated to be: "equal in fear to that of an execution." She was scheduled for a partial lobotomy when news reached her doctors that she had won a national literary award--during her hospitalization her sister had published a book of Janet's short stories. She was almost immediately released under the premise that a talented author couldn't possibly need the treatment she had been receiving....At this point Janet was in her late twenties, but her lengthy "exile" had given the impression that she was considerably younger than that. A friend of the family's, another writer who admired her work, offered her a cottage on his property so that she could write seriously in a distraction-free environment. She accepted the offer and her first completed work there was accepted soon after. European travels were arranged for her, more successful books were born, and fame attained...

I've heard it claimed that Janet had also attained happiness, but I am not sure that I agree. Janet had found numerous freedoms, emotional and financial and of course physical, but happiness? I believe that she had become comfortable with herself, and perhaps that in itself is a happiness. She never did fit into the surrounding world--but lived peacefully alone on the vaporous outskirts. A very supportive therapist in London had told her, "If people tell you that you should go out there and mix, and you don't feel like it,...don't." She took his words to heart.

I was surprised with the overall beauty of this film~I guess I should not have been~the director was Jane Campion (The Piano, Portrait of a Lady). The New Zealand landscapes and backstreets of Spain were gorgeously rendered, the accompanying score at times both capricious and melancholy. But above all, what struck me most, was how I identified with Janet. The plump and impoverished childhood, the obsession with writing, the painful shyness and reclusiveness. The life of the outsider~luckily minus the stay in the psychiatric ward. On some level I was Janet (or am Janet). And there is something oddly redemptive in finding a twin on screen or in a book, however juvenile the notion...

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