The Piano

Cinema

Directed by Jane Campion | 1993 | Australia, France, New Zealand | Starring Holly Hunter, Anna Paquin, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill| 120mins | Certificate 15

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.

Soundtracked by Michael Nyman’s evocative score, The Piano won Oscars for Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin in career-defining roles and Best Screenplay for Campion’s typically individualistic, female-centric script. We are delighted to be screening this digital restoration, approved by Campion, in the film’s 25th anniversary year.

Hunter gives a majestic silent performance as Ada McGrath, the mute Scotswoman and talented pianist who arrives with her strong-willed young daughter Flora (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.

Venue

JW3 Cinema
Add to Calendar 11/07/2018 14:30:00 11/07/2018 14:30:00 The Piano Directed by Jane Campion | 1993 | Australia, France, New Zealand | Starring Holly Hunter, Anna Paquin, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill| 120mins | Certificate 15 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. JW3 Cinema DD/MM/YYYY

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