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Jane Campion Named Jury President For 67th Cannes Film Festival

With Sundance kicking off next week, the Berlin Film Festival arriving next month, followed by SXSW in March, it won't be too long until it's May and the red carpet is rolled out at the Cannes Film Festival. And while it will be a while yet before the lineup is unveiled, the festival isn't wasting in time in unveiling the first big name set to appear. Read More »

Watch: Jane Campion's Palme d'Or-Winning 1982 Short 'Peel'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 15, 2013 10:17 AM
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One of the great joys of being a film fan in the internet age is finding and seeing work that otherwise wouldn’t be easily accessible. Case in point, Jane Campion’s 1982 short film “Peel”—which won the New Zealand-born filmmaker the Short Film Palme d’Or at that year’s Cannes Film Festival, making her the first woman to have ever done so—has found its way online.

20 Great Debut Films From Female Directors

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 29, 2013 3:44 PM
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20 great Debut/female directors
One of the less reported stories of this August’s film schedule is that the month not only saw three films released that were directed by women, but they were in fact three feature debuts — Lake Bell’s “In A World” opened to a rapturous reception (including ours) on the 9th, Jerusha Hess’ “Austenland” bowed the following week, and this Friday Jill Solloway’s “Afternoon Delight” begins its run (our review is here). One swallow, or even three, may not make a summer, but these green shoots must certainly be promising for those in favor of changing the current female:male ratio in the film directing profession (which runs at 1 to 15.24 in the U.S. according to a Sundance Institute report) to a number that isn’t so outrageously out of whack that you have to keep double checking it. Yep, it’s 1:15.24.

Spike Lee Adds 7 Films By Female Filmmakers To His List Of Essential Movies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2013 4:55 PM
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Everyone has got their cinematic blind spots but not everyone recognizes it. Then again not everyone is Spike Lee. The director is coming off his successful Kickstarter campaign for his next film and part of that crowd-funding effort saw the director reach fans and folks new to his work like nothing we've ever seen before. Part of that process in raising awareness for his next Spike Lee Joint was dropping his list of Essential Films that every filmmaker must see. It was an interesting round-up of titles, leaning heavy on American cinema classics, while also making room for oddball entries like "Kung Fu Hustle" and "Apocalypto." But it seems it wasn't quite so definitive.

Steven Spielberg Named Jury President For 66th Cannes Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2013 11:50 PM
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Steven Spielberg could use a bit of a break. Cranking out three films over the last few years -- mo-cap and animated "The Adventures Of Tintin," WWI epic "War Horse" and presidential tale "Lincoln" (which walked away with two Oscars on Sunday), one might understand if would rather be watching movies instead of making them. And with his "Robopocalypse," originally planned to shoot this summer, now on hold as he gets the script right, it looks like Spielberg will be taking a little cinematic vacation to the south of France.

Berlin Review: Jane Campion's 'Top Of The Lake' A Satisfying & Cinematic Crime "Novel" In The Shape Of A TV Show

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 12, 2013 11:58 AM
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Taking the concept of binge-watching to a whole new theatrical level, we were lucky enough to spend most of our Sunday at the Berlin Film Festival in a large auditorium consuming Jane Campion’s six-hour “Top of the Lake” TV series, which will air in seven episodes on The Sundance Channel starting March 18th. It was a great experience, and not just because of the quality storytelling and filmmaking on display, but because of the sense of community and buzz you get at this type of event. We saw the show divided into three two-hour chunks, and during the brief intermissions, the audience buzzed with speculation: who was the father of the unborn child? Was X dead or alive? What was the significance of Y?

Sundance Preview: Jane Campion’s ‘Top Of The Lake’ Feels Like ‘The Killing’ Only With Haunting, Lasting Sustain

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 20, 2013 5:00 PM
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Moody, without being oppressively dark or atmospheric, compelling and mysterious, Jane Campion's seven-part Sundance Channel series, "Top Of The Lake" – based on two episodes thus far – is an intriguing crime drama and mystery that's got this writer hooked.

Jane Campion's 'Top Of The Lake' Adds Lucy Lawless & More; Set Photos Unveil First Look At Newcomer Jacqueline Joe

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 28, 2012 11:16 AM
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In case the abundance of television news lately wasn't enough of a hint, it's pilot season which can see some interesting projects attempt to break onto the scene. One television project already fronting cameras that we're highly anticipating for next year is Jane Campion's six-part mini-series "Top Of The Lake."

Elisabeth Moss To Star In Jane Campion's Murder Mystery BBC Miniseries 'Top Of The Lake'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 3, 2011 1:58 AM
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After the Playlist-favorite "Bright Star" starring Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw in 2009, Jane Campion was reportedly set to tackle a six-hour murder mystery miniseries titled "Top Of The Lake" with lensing slated to take place sometime this year. With the year almost over and nothing heard from the project since it's announcement late last year, we were beginning to dread a potential break down of the project.

Criterion April Titles Announced: 'White Material,' 'Blow Out' & 'Kes' (Oh My!)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 15, 2011 5:26 AM
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'Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas,' 'Le Cercle Rouge' & 'Sweetie' Go BluYesterday, Criterion announced their stellar April line-up of DVDs and high-definition Blu-rays. We can't say there were too many surprises in the announcement, but they are all really, really great.

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