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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
 (From IF.com.au. 6 March 2014, 8:02 PM, PST)

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Easily one of my favorite films of the 90's. See more (19 total) »

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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Aspect Ratio:
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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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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Easily one of my favorite films of the 90's., 19 August 2002
Author: Zach Clark (zclark8@home.com) from Gilbert, Arizona (US)

An Angel at My Table tells the story of famed New Zealand author Janet Frame. We are drawn into the quiet world of the shy, red-haired girl who struggles with her life, but succeeds through her exceptional talent of writing. Since her autobiography was written in three separate volumes, we are treated to a film in three separate parts, beginning with her journey through childhood. The film does an excellent job at portraying the character of Frame, and her nervous attitude when brought into social situations. Every ounce of shyness is felt off-screen, which is a kudos to the direction of Campion, that plays an important part in making sure that this woman is brought to life, as realistic, and as close to the truth as possible.

Growing up in poverty, with two hard-working parents, and 4 siblings, life must've been hard. But when you're thrust into such a difficult situation, it somehow seems normal and it doesn't bother that it's a much harder life than other people currently living are. But Janet lived through her childhood, finding that she would love to spend her life as a poet, or just writing. A depression hit her hard during her teenage years when an unexpected tragedy occurred, and she had chosen to write, instead of being with that person beforehand. Not knowing she was a depressed young person, Frame was sent to a mental hospital, and forced to undergo several shock treatments, under the incorrect diagnosis of schizophrenia. However, Frame persevered through it, using writing as a way of expressing her own thoughts. While still in the mental hospital, she was able to publish a book. The years inside the hospital are the most unpleasant of film, and Campion perfectly captures the deranged conditions that Janet experienced. The most remarkable part about the direction is how it doesn't go over the top to deliver a nauseating film in those scenes. Rather, she plays to the quiet personality of Frame. The film is kept with the same pace, and focused in a way that never wants to show itself off, but keeps the main character always in the center, without losing that focus.

The blown-up biopic `Malcolm X' was released around a year later, and while I admire that film, it was also very hyped-up before it's release. I found a strange drawing power in the fact that Jane Campion's film wasn't about spectacle, but about someone's life that is done more sincerely, and realistically, paying close attention to details, both period and human. Something you wouldn't find in a Hollywood biopic, such as Milos Foreman's `Man on the Moon,' which I openly despise.

The writer and director surprised me a bit concerning a small detail in the film. In films concerning `writing', and an exceptional author (Wonder Boys, Finding Forrester), there is never any real proof of how good the writer supposedly is. We are never allowed to read the great book they wrote, nor are there much of any excerpts written to prove to us that the writer is indeed as great as it is suggested. In films, I realize that it really isn't possible to show such a thing, since film is a visual medium instead of a literary one. Campion and the screenwriter know this, and without subjecting us to Frame's writing, she adds in some narration, using actress Kerry Fox's voice. The narration is spread out in small bits throughout the film, never taking control of telling the story. Instead, it conveys the thoughts going on in Frame's mind, which are all little excerpts from the writing contained in her autobiographies. It begins with narration and ends with it. A surprising detail that is small, but adds much to the overall film, and gives the ending a sweet, and optimistic touch to an amazing film.

Frame was (is) talented at what she did most of the time, without knowing the talent was there. She only knew that she loved to do it, and wanted to continue doing it for the rest of her life. That is true talent. She had it, even at times when she thought there wasn't any hope; she had the ability to write. And because of that ability, that talent, she was able to gradually come to terms, and live comfortably with her life. ****1/2 of five or (9/10)

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