Must watch movies by director Dame Elizabeth Jane Campion

Bringing to screen life like narrations, she is a gem of a director

Dame Elizabeth Jane Campion is a New Zealand director, screenwriter, and producer known for her unique narrations and executions. Such is the prowess of her craft that Campion is the first woman to have been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Director. The 67-year-old director made her career debut with the 1982 short film, Peel which won the Short Film Palme d’Or at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival. And her feature debut came with the 1989 film Sweetie. Here are some must-watch Elizabeth Jane Campion movies.

Holy Smoke!

This 1999 comedy-drama film stars actors Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel in the lead role. The plot of the film follows an American exit counselor P.J. Waters, played by Harvey Keitel, who is running around in an attempt to deprogram an Australian woman Ruth Barron, played by Kate Winslet. The reason for Waters to do so is because Barron during a trip to India has a spiritual awakening and embraces the teachings of a guru named Baba. The story gets interesting and exciting taking the audience through the riots of emotions and spiritualism.


This 1989 Australian drama film stars actors Genevieve Lemon, Karen Colston, Tom Lycos, and Jon Darling. The plot of the film follows and brings to screen life the journey of a dysfunctional Australian family comprising two daughters: Dawn nicknamed ‘Sweetie’, who is a plump, lively, delusional woman and sees herself as an actor; and her thin, superstitious sister Kay who is a factor worker and has a boyfriend. While the sisters have their tiffs and troubles, their parents – Flo and Gordon – are cursing through their own serious marital problems. The film chronicles the chaotic relationships shared among women in their twenties, with their parents, and their emotional instability.


This 2008 film is an anthology film that comprises eight short films, all centered on the eight Millennium Development Goals. The segment by Jane Campion is titled The Water Diary (Ensure environmental sustainability).

Elizabeth Jane Campion’s other films are An Angel at My Table, The Piano, The Portrait of a Lady, Soft Fruit, In the Cut, Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story, Bright Star, The Power of the Dog, and Two Friends to name a few. Some of her short films are Tissues, Mishaps of Seduction and Conquest, Peel: An Exercise in Discipline, Passionless Moments, A Girl’s Own Story, After Hours, The Water Diary, The Lady Bug, I’m the One, and Family Happiness. A few television series are Top of the Lake and Dancing Daze, among others.

Nirtika Pandita

A follower of Master Oogway, living by his words of Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift, which is why it is called the ‘Present’, I am trying to master the art of now. Keeping that in the center I am combining my professional prowess as a writer and nerves of a gastronaut to conquer the Saha world.
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