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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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Un ange à ma table  »

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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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Symphony No. 6
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by CSR Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava)
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An excellent, award-winning mini-series.
18 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is an excellent mini-series that I couldn't stop watching. Based on the true-life story of writer Janet Frame, it provides an insight into a mental health system that further hampered, rather than improved its patients, and shows how one woman managed to get passed this, to become the respected woman New Zealanders now know her as.


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