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The Piano

Jane Campion's haunting masterpiece is the film that gave her the recognition she deserved - winning both herself and stars Holly Hunter (who is astonishing) and Anna Paquin (in her first ever film role) Oscar wins.

After a long voyage from Scotland, pianist Ada McGrath (Hunter) and her young daughter, Flora (Paquin), are left with all their belongings, including a piano, on a New Zealand beach. 

Ada, who has been mute since childhood, has been sold into marriage to a local man named Alisdair Stewart (Sam Neill). Immediately taking a disliking to Alisdair after he sells her piano to his Maori-friendly acquaintance, George Baines (Harvey Keitel), Ada instead find herself infatuated with George who agrees to return the piano in return for lessons, leading to a series of charged sexual encounters. 

The Piano is like a Greek Tragedy in the Outback, with Campion revealing the erotic passion and animal rage of each of her characters with subtle yet beautiful camerawork and masterful performances from her cast.

Event Information

Running Time: 1hr 56mins

BBFC Advice: 15

Director(s): Jane Campion

Country of Origin: New Zealand, Australia and France

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