Portrait of a Lady: About The Filmmakers

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Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Jane Campion graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington in 1975 and a Bachelor of Arts, with Painting Major at Sydney College of Arts in 1979, where she began her filmmaking.

She attended the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in the early Eighties. Here she wrote and directed her first short film, "Peel" (1982), which won the short film Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986. Her other short films are "Passionless Moments" (1984), "A Girl's Own Story" (1983), "Mter Hours" (1984) and the telefeature "Two Friends" (1986), all of which won various Australian and international awards.

Campion went on to direct her first feature film "Sweetie" (1989) which premiered in competition at Cannes and won the Georges Sadoul Prize in 1989 for Best FQreign Film, the L.A. Film Critics' New Generation Award in 1990, the American Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Feature and the Australian Critics' Award for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress. She followed this with "An Angel at My Table" (1990), a dramatization of the biographies of Janet Frame. The film world premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 1990 where it won seven awards, including the Silver Lion. It was also awarded prizes at Toronto and Berlin. It was her second film to receive the American Independent Spirit Award, and was also voted the most popular film at the Sydney Film Festival in 1990.

"The Piano" (1993), written and directed by Campion, has received over thirty international awards, including the Palme d'Or at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival and nine nominations at the 66th Academy Awards, picking up Best Screenplay (for Campion), Best Actress (Holly Hunter) and Best Supporting Actress (Anna Paquin).


Monty Montgomery is one of the founding forces of Propaganda Films. In 1979 he produced, co-wrote and co-directed the cult classic "The Loveless," starring Willem Dafoe. He produced David Lynch's award-winning "Twin Peaks" television series pilot, and the 1990 winner of the Palme d'Or
at Cannes, "Wild at Heart." Short films for Michael Jackson and commercials for Coca Cola, Giorgio Armani and Calvin Klein are amongst his diverse producing credits.

Montgomery is currently developing "Photographing Montana" with Nicole Kidman to star and co-produce; "The Woman of My Life," a romantic comedy set in the 1950s among the superwealthy, based on the novel by Ludwig Bemelnens; and "You Play the Black and the Red Comes Up," a story of lost innocence in America in the '30s.


THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY is Laura Jones' second collaboration with Jane Campion, having previouslv written the screenplay for "An Angel at My Table," based on the autobiographies of Janet Frame.

Prior to this, she wrote the original screenplay of "High Tide," directed by Gillian Armstrong.

Laura Jones' next screenplay to go in front of the cameras is her adaptation of Jane Smiley's Pulitzer prize winning novel "A Thousand Acres;" Jocelyn Moorhouse is directing Jessica Lange, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. This will be followed closely by her screen adaptation of Peter Carey's novel "Oscar & Lucinda," to be directed by Gillian Armstrong.

Director of Photography

THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY is cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh's third movie with director Jane Campion after "An Angel at My Table" (Winner of a New Zealand Film Award) and "The Piano" (Winner of L.A. Film Critics' Award and Australian Film Institute Award, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography).

Stuart was born in London and grew up in New Zealand. Mter graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 1977, he worked as a gaffer on some thirteen New Zealand feature films, including Vincent Ward's "Vigil" (1984).

A cinematographer since 1985, his other credits include "Kitchen Sink" (Alison MacLean's award-winning short), Lee Tamahori's international hit "Once Were Warriors," Mira Nair's Cuban exile romance "The Perez Family" and John Sayles' Texas saga "Lone Star."

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