Short Films by Jane Campion

A lot of renowned filmmakers started their careers with impressive short films, and sometimes the core of their future oeuvre is already present in these early works – as is the case with Jane Campion. While THE WATER DIARY from 2006, the story of a drought through the eyes of a young girl, shows Campion already on the height of her directorial craft, the other examples screened originate from her film school days in 1980s Australia. A GIRL’S OWN STORY, PASSIONLESS MOMENTS and the Palme d’Or winner PEEL show influences by other associative filmmakers like David Lynch or Maya Deren, but also narrative techniques and visual ideas that struck the viewer as prototypically Campion-esque – with the unexpected and welcome addition of some quiet, underhand humour.