Fast Facts

  • Grew up in a show-business family.
  • Primarily raised by nannies for her first 10 years. 
  • Worked as a documentary filmmaker's assistant after relocating to London following college.
  • Her film-school lecturers found her "arrogant and not particularly talented."
  • Won the Palme d'Or for Best Short Film at the 1986 Cannes Festival for Peel.
  • Influenced by Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights when making The Piano. 
  • Became the first woman---and New Zealander---to receive the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or award for directing in 1993 for The Piano.
  • Practices yoga.

Awards

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  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Nominee
  • 2010, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Direction: Nominee
  • 1993, Cannes Film Festival — Palme d'Or: Winner
  • 1992, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Foreign Film: Winner
  • 1993, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Achievement in Direction: Winner
  • 1984, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Experimental Film: Winner
  • 1994, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 1994, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Miniseries or Movie: Nominee
  • 2013, AACTA Awards — Best Telefeature or Mini Series: Winner
  • 1993, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Winner
  • 1993, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1994, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Foreign Film: Winner
  • 2014, BAFTA Television Craft Awards — Best Director - Fiction: Nominee
  • 1984, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Short Fiction Film: Nominee
  • 1984, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Achievement in Screenplay: Winner
  • 1994, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1991, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Foreign Film: Winner
  • 1986, Cannes Film Festival — Palme d'Or - Short Film: Winner
  • 1993, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 1994, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1989, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 1989, Australian Film Institute Awards — Byron Kennedy Award: Winner
  • 1994, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 1994, BAFTA Film Awards — The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Nominee
  • 1993, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
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  • 1990, Venice Film Festival — Special Jury Prize: Winner
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Nominee
  • 2010, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee

Relationships

  • Anna Campion — Sister
  • Michael Campion — Brother
  • Billy MacKinnon — Ex-significant Other
  • Jane Englert — Daughter
  • Colin Englert — Ex-husband
  • Jasper Englert — Son
  • Michael Englert — Son
  • Richard Campion — Father
  • Gerard Lee — Ex-significant Other
  • Alice Englert — Daughter
  • Edith Campion — Mother

College

  • Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand (BA in Anthropology, 1975); Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (BA in Painting, 1979); Australian Film and Television School, Moore Park, New South Wales, Australia (1984)

Details

  • Birth Place: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter

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