Jane Campion, writer, director and producer was the first ever female to be awarded the Palme d’Or at Cannes for her 1993 film ‘The Piano’. Campion was described by Cannes officials as a “major filmmaker and indefatigable pioneer.”
Campion first attended Cannes back in 1986 with her short film entitled ‘Peel’, which won the ‘Short Film Palme d’Or. Her other films include Holy Smoke and Bright Star, a biography that was in competition at Cannes in 2009. Her most recent production is BBC 2 series ‘Top of the Lake’, a crime drama about the disappearance of a teenage girl.
Jane Campion has been selected as president of the jury at this year’s Cannes Festival. Last year the Jury was chaired by Steven Speilberg and awarded the Palme d’Or to French romantic coming of age drama ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’.
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