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A Girl's Own Story (1986)

The awkwardness and confusion of burgeoning sexuality in teenage girls in a twisted and repressed suburban culture.


Jane Campion


Jane Campion
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabrielle Shornegg Gabrielle Shornegg ... Pam
Geraldine Haywood Geraldine Haywood ... Stella
Marina Knight Marina Knight ... Gloria
John Godden ... Graeme
Joanne Gabbe Joanne Gabbe ... Sister
Colleen Fitzpatrick Colleen Fitzpatrick ... Mother
Paul Chubb ... Father
Jane Edwards Jane Edwards ... Deidre
Cynthia Turner Cynthia Turner ... Nun 1
Valda Diamond Valda Diamond ... Nun 2
Katharine Cullen Katharine Cullen ... Little Pam
Jordi Austin Jordi Austin ... School Girl
Jeanette Blake Jeanette Blake ... School Girl
Jennifer Blake Jennifer Blake ... School Girl
Dorothy Blaney Dorothy Blaney ... School Girl


A look at three girls, young teens, in the era of the Beatles. Pam lives with parents who haven't spoken directly to each other in two years, using their daughters to talk across the table to each other. Gloria wants to play games with her boyfriend Graeme and ends up pregnant after a kissless, passionless introduction to sex. Stella becomes popular and puts her friendship with Pam on hold. Meanwhile, Pam's father and other predatory men lurk in the shadows around the girls. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Drama


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A Story Of Her Own
18 November 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

A girl growing up in the era when the Beatles were what girls going through puberty obsessed about, deals with her own boring life in a dull fashion.

When I looked at three of Jane Campion's early short subjects, I discovered they were about trivial and boring issues of the moment: the sort of boredom that inspires us to creativity, insanity, or worst of all, to become award-winning film-makers. We all wish to be beautiful, brilliant, desired, living in a stress-free world that engages us at every moment, but over which we have full control. Alas, none of us get that. Some of them, in our daydreams, cause us to say "What was I thinking?"

I'm afraid this short subject is one of those moments. Not only do I not know what I am thinking of, I'm not sure that I know what Miss Campion was thinking about, except possibly that growing up is hard.

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4 April 2000 (USA) See more »

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Egy lány története See more »

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