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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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Alexia Keogh ...
Karen Fergusson ...
Janet Frame as a teenager
Iris Churn ...
Mother
Jessie Mune ...
Baby Janet
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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 Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill (1995) See more »

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Performed by The Ruru Karaitiana Quintet
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A fine profile of a courageous woman
2 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

Jane Campion's "An Angel at My Table" is a superbly competent biography of New Zealand writer Janet Frame. Frame, who suffered the death of two siblings as a child, was wrongly diagnosed as mentally ill. She was institutionalised for eight years and received over two hundred shock therapy treatments. Sharing like themes with "Sweetie" (Campion's first feature which I highly recommend), both films deal with emotionally driven misfits. I admire the fundamental narrative, as oppose to the oversentimental maudliness of a televised mini-series. In fact, the American theatrical version is an editing of such programming. I would have preferred seeing the longer version, because some parts are brief and required further explanation. Kerry Fox is magnificently capital as the older Frame. I did not realise, until an IMBD inquiry, she was the female lead in "Shallow Grave". Overall, Frame's life is compelling drama and Campion's portrayal is intelligent. 3 out of 4 stars.


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