An Angel at My Table

  • Dir: Jane Campion

  • New Zealand/Australia/UK/USA, 1990, English, 158min, DCP

  • Cast: Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh

Arguably Campion’s best and most endearing work, it is also her most haunting. The dramatisation of three autobiographical novels by Janet Frame, one of New Zealand’s most distinguished authors, Angel is also a thoughtful examination on what constitutes being normal, or abnormal. Growing up in a huge family, the little quirky redhead is considered too different from anyone else and ends up staying in a mental institution for eight years, before she finds channels for her talents through poetic imagination, and becomes an accomplished writer. The first film from New Zealand to be screened at Venice, evoking protests when it did not win the prestigious Golden Lion.

1990 Venice Film Festival, Grand Special Jury Prize
1990 New Zealand Film Awards, 6 awards including Best Film and Best Director

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till one hour prior to respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

3. While it is the HKIFF’s policy to secure the best possible print of the original version for all its screenings, HKIFF will appreciate its patrons’ understanding on occasions when less than perfect screening copies are screened.