An unflinching director who often showcased a complex and erotic side of women rarely seen in conventional Hollywood movies, Jane Campion emerged from New Zealand as a celebrated and decorated auteur. She began to experiment with film while attending the Sydney College of the Arts, shooting her first short Tissues in 1979. Campion made several award-winning shorts as a student, before making her feature-length film Sweetie (1990), a stylish and disturbing look at the destruction of a family by a psychologically disturbed sibling. But it was her multi-award-winning romantic drama The Piano (1993) that introduced her to a worldwide audience. The film earned multiple award nominations and won three Academy Awards, including one for Campion’s screenplay.
Several of her subsequent films continued her exploration of power through female sexuality, such as The Portrait of a Lady (1996), Holy Smoke (1999) and In the Cut (2003). In 2018, Campion wrote and directed the critically acclaimed miniseries Top of the Lake, which earned multiple Golden Globe and Emmy nominations and won Emmys for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries and Outstanding Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special. Throughout her career, Campion has been praised for her originality and willingness to push boundaries.