The UVM Film Series Screens
The 2011-2012 UVM Film Series, “International Women Directors,” presents its next screening on Thursday, March 15, at 6:45pm, at the UVM Fleming Museum of Art Auditorium. An Angel At My Table , produced by New Zealand director Jane Campion (1990), is the dramatization of the three autobiographies of New Zealand author Janet Frame (To the Is-Land, An Angel at My Table, and The Envoy from Mirror City).
Janet Frame grows up in a poor family with many brothers and sisters and is labeled as "different" from an early age. She 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 an attempt to become a schoolteacher due to an intense panic attack, she is subject to 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. She only starts to see success when she begins to write.
Individual tickets are available at the door for $10 ($4 for students), and the film will be followed by a post-screening discussion moderated by UVM Film and Television Studies faculty member, Hilary Neroni.
The UVM Film Series is a membership-based program developed as a partnership between UVM's Department of Film and Television Studies, Lane Series and Fleming Museum of Art. The 2011-2012 season features International Women Directors and their explorations of the various ways that women struggle with society's expectations.
For tickets or more information, please visit the Lane Series website.
The film was originally made as a mini-series for New Zealand television, and slightly reedited for a later theatrical release.
The movie is divided into three sections, with different actresses portraying Jane as a child, adolescent, and adult: Karen Fergusson, Alexia Keough, and Kerry Fox.
"Jane Campion is a rarity, not simply because she is a world-class female director, but because she has devoted her career to exploring female subjectivity: all of her feature films and most of her early short films are constructed around female experience, female heroes, and female points of view."
Amy Taubin, The Criterion Connection