A Birds Eye View and Women & Hollywood 25th anniversary screening of Jane Campion's groundbreaking film.
This is a preview of the new Digital Restoration of the film, released by Independent Cinema Office and STUDIOCANAL on 15 June.
The film is followed by an A&Q discussion with speakers Melissa Silverstein (the celebrated agitator who runs Women & Hollywood), Mia Bays (producer of Oscar-winning and multi-BAFTA nominated films, who now runs Birds’ Eye View), Kate Muir (film critic and novelist), Tina Gharavi (BAFTA-winning filmmaker) + more special guests TBC!
Jane Campion became the first female director to win the Palme d’Or for The Piano, her extraordinary, triumphant masterpiece about a mute woman’s rebellion in a newly colonised, Victorian-era New Zealand.
Holly Hunter gives a majestic silent performance as Ada McGrath, the mute Scotswoman and talented pianist who arrives with her strong-willed young daughter Flora (Anna Paquin) in the New Zealand wilderness. She is to marry frontiersman Alistair Stewart (Sam Neill), having been sold him by her father, but takes an immediate dislike to him after he refuses to carry her beloved piano home with them, instead selling it to his overseer George Baines (Harvey Keitel).
Attracted to Ada, Baines agrees to return the piano in exchange for lessons that gradually become a series of erotically charged sexual encounters. As the story unfolds like a Greek tragedy, complete with a chorus of Maori tribes, all of the characters’ long suppressed emotions come to the fore, as if elicited by the wildness of the natural world around them.
With thanks to the Independent Cinema Office, STUDIOCANAL, Birds Eye View and Women & Hollywood.