An Angel at My Table [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

An Angel at My Table [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

 Cast: Kerry Fox
Kerry Fox
, Alexia Keogh
Alexia Keogh
, Karen Fergusson
Karen Fergusson
, Iris Churn
Iris Churn
, K.J. Wilson
K.J. Wilson
An Angel at My Table [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

An Angel at My Table [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

 Cast: Kerry Fox
Kerry Fox
, Alexia Keogh
Alexia Keogh
, Karen Fergusson
Karen Fergusson
, Iris Churn
Iris Churn
, K.J. Wilson
K.J. Wilson

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New Zealand poet Janet Frame is the subject of Jane Campion's biographical drama, which presents a poetically evocative look at the authoress' turbulent life. The film begins with a look at Frame's childhood, showing her as a bright but odd-looking, emotionally fragile young girl with a knack for writing. Frame faces great difficulty in adapting to the conventional rural life around her, and her social awkwardness only worsens as she grows older. After she fails in her attempt to become a schoolteacher due to an intense panic attack, she is subject to a psychiatric evaluation and shamefully misdiagnosed as a schizophrenic. Frame is subsequently committed to a mental institution, where she suffers years of unnecessary shock treatments and other horrors. Her salvation comes through her writings, however, which attract the attention of a renowned author who arranges her release. While the nightmare of Frame's institutionalization is presented with great sensitivity and power, Campion and screenwriter Laura Jones, to their credit, refuse to simplify her story to this one pivotal event. Instead, they pay equal attention to Frame's subsequent life, as she slowly adjusts life in the outside world, experiencing literary success and her first romance. Expressive visuals add immeasurably to the total effect, while Kerry Fox's superb performance creates a truly affecting portrait of Frame. Impressively, the film was originally made as a mini-series for New Zealand television, and slightly reedited for a later theatrical release.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/06/2019
UPC: 0715515233118
Original Release: 1990
Rating: R
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Language: English
Time: 2:38:00
Sales rank: 13,779

Special Features

High-definition digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Stuart Dryburgh and approved by director Jane Campion, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack; Audio commentary from 2005 featuring Campion, Dryburgh, and actor Kerry Fox; Short documentary from 2002 about the making of the film; Six deleted scenes; Audio interview with author Janet Frame from 1983; Trailer; Stills gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kerry Fox Janet Frame
Alexia Keogh Young Janet
Karen Fergusson Teenage Janet
Iris Churn Mum
K.J. Wilson Dad,Actor
Melina Bernecker Myrtle
Glynis Angell Isabel
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy June
Katherine Murray-Cowper Isabel Frame (as a child)
Samantha Townsley Isabel Frame (as a teenager)
Susan McGregor June Frame (as a teenager)
Sarah Llewellyn June Frame (as a child)
Andrew Binns Buddie Frame
Christopher Lawrence Buddie Frame (as a teenager)
Mark Morrison Buddie Frame (as a child)
Carla Hedgeman Poppy (as a child)
Caroline Somerville Poppy (as a teenager)
Colin McColl John Forrest
Martyn Sanderson Frank Sargeson
Jessica Wilcox Kay Stead
Mark Clare Karl Stead
Michael Harry Colin
William Brandt Bernard
Peter Dennett Mark Goulden
David McKenzie Alan Sillitoe
Eleanor Wragge Ruth Sillitoe
Jessie Mune Janet Frame (as a baby)
Francesca Collins June Frame (as a baby)
Mark Thomson Billy Delaware
Brenda Kendall Miss Botting
Paul Moffat Dis McIvor
Blair Hutchinson Bully Boy
David McAuslan Bully Boy
Ailene Herring Teacher
Faye Flegg Doctor,Doctor
Melissa Dawson Nora Bone
Angela Ford Turning Girl
Lorna Storm Groovy Girl
Timothy Bartlett Gussy Dymock
Richard Mills Talent Scout,Katherine
Sassy Acorn Audition Girl
Tony Creamer Audition Boy
Hamish McFarlane Avril Luxton
Geoff Barlow Headmaster
Edith Campion Miss Lyndsay
Fiona Kay Marguerite
Eileen Clark Neighbor,Mary
Margaret Gordon Neighbor
Lillian Enting Miss Crowe
Fiona Brown Shirley
Maureen Duffy Miss Farnie
Karla Smith Sybil,Edwin Mather
Willa O'Neill Edith
Fritha Stalker Bridget
Melanie Reid Melanie
Natasha Gray Lesley
Kelly Stewart Rose,Nurse Maitland
Virginia Brocklehurst Rona
Natalie Ellis Aunt Isy
Eddie Hegan Uncle George
Erin Dorricott Eunice
Doreen Donnell Teacher
Alistair Douglas Headmaster
Rod Collison Mr. Niles
Harry Lavington Head of Psychology
Cushla Ashton Borstal Girl
Jacqueline O'Rourke Borstal Girl
Joy Trow Woman on Platform
June Shane Neighbour
Annabel Lomas Mrs. Chandler
Anne Cockroft Nurse
Elizabeth McRae Nurse
David Stott Doctor
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
Helene Anderson Norwegian Woman
Joan Foster Hotel Manageress
David Letch Patrick
Rob Jayne Ben
Sharon Marsden Katie
Collette Cooper Bohemian,Actor
Paul Norell Bohemian
Julia Calvo Spanish Woman on Train
Maria Matias Spanish Woman
Carlos Martinez Spanish Official
Maria Mercedes Maroto Catalina
Paula Sanchez Francesca,Francesca
Alison Bruce Dora
Gwyneth Hughes Matron
Gerald Bryan Dr. Cawley
Billy Atkinson Mrs. Morgan
Caroline Flint Mrs. Goulden
Rachel Hernandez Columba
Patrick Griffiths Reporter
Donnell Doreen Teacher
Sarah Llewwllyn June Frame - as a Child
Dave Scott Doctor
Gwyneth Hugues Matron
Elizabeth MacRae Nurse
Faith Martin Actor
Diana Rowan Actor
Don McGlashan Composer

Technical Credits
Jane Campion Director
Bridget Ikin Producer
Grant Major Producer
John Dennison Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Vaccher Sound/Sound Designer
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