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An Angel at My Table (1990)

In 1920s and 1930s New Zealand, Janet Frame grows up in a poor family with lots of brothers and sisters. Already at an early age she is different from the other kids. She gets an education ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Janet Frame
... Janet Frame as adolescent
Karen Fergusson ... Janet Frame as a teenager
Iris Churn ... Mother
Jessie Mune ... Baby Janet
... 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
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In 1920s and 1930s New Zealand, Janet Frame grows up in a poor family with lots of brothers and sisters. Already at an early age she is different from the other kids. She gets an education as a teacher but since she is considered abnormal she stays at a mental institution for eight years. Success comes when she starts to write novels. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Rated R for sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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20 September 1990 (Australia)  »

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$1,054,638
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Kerry Fox gained two stones (12.7kg) 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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1991 (1992) See more »

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Ay, Pilato; Quisiera Yo Renegar
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Performed by Herma Keil
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A Portrait of an Artist
11 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

"An Angel at My Table" (1990) made by Jane Campion is a true life-story of Janet Frame (1924-2004), New Zealand's most famous author. The film starts with young Jane, a funny -looking red haired girl, shy and quiet who knew too well that she was "poor, smelly, and unpopular". Then it follows her to misdiagnosis of schizophrenia and more than 200 electroshock treatments in a mental hospital where she had spent eight years and a severe, lifelong shyness that was her only problem. Even in the hospital she was writing and was able to have her book published - writing did save her from losing her mind. The film is based on three of her memoirs, "To the Is-land", "An Angel at My Table" and "The Envoy from Mirror City".

Jane Campion made a very affecting and quietly powerful portrait of a writer who also was a gentle and genuinely humble woman. The film is never a sentimental manipulating story of a talented but misunderstood artist. It does not idealize Frame but it is a very honest and sympathetic portrait of an artist.


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