Jane Campion Graces New York Times Magazine

“It has gotten easier over the years to feel comfortable with what [Jane Campion’s] work means to the world,” Jordan Kisner writes in a feature published in the New York Times Magazine. “She pulled up an email from one of her own heroes, Annie Proulx, who wrote an afterword to a 2001 edition of [Thomas] Savage’s novel. After Campion visited Proulx during her research for The Power of the Dog, the two kept up their correspondence.

“‘The 60s and 70s can be pretty good years,’ Proulx wrote. ‘One is still agile, nothing major crouched on the bedposts at night; and one’s sense of judgment and understanding is probably at maximum power. You “get” most situations with a depth and understanding unknown to the more youthful.’

“Campion, still in her 60s, is in the former state – feeling very much at the height of her powers,” Kisner writes. “She doesn’t know if she’ll make another film, but for the first time in a while she feels energised and inspired to keep working. She is starting a film school in New Zealand, where filmmakers will study for free under her and a few other friends. (Onstage at the New York Film Festival, Sofia Coppola volunteered to teach as well.)”

Original article by Jordan Kisner, The New York Times, November 16, 2021.

Photo by Ruven Afanador.

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