£34.99 + £1.26 UK delivery
Only 1 left in stock. Sold by vicky's media 4 u
+ £1.26 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Expedited shipping available on this item. Your item will be previously owned but still in great condition. The disc will play perfectly without interruption and the case, inlay notes and sleeve may show limited signs of wear.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

An Angel At My Table [1990] [DVD]

4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

Price: £34.99
Only 1 left in stock.
Dispatched from and sold by vicky's media 4 u.
4 new from £34.99 11 used from £16.98

LOVEFiLM By Post


August Bank Holiday Deals in DVD & Blu-ray
At least 20% off Selected DVDs & Blu-ray. This Offer ends on Monday, August 29, 2016. Shop now.
£34.99 Only 1 left in stock. Dispatched from and sold by vicky's media 4 u.

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • An Angel At My Table [1990] [DVD]
  • +
  • An Angel At My Table: The Complete Autobiography (VMC)
Total price: £44.97
Buy the selected items together

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Product details

  • Actors: Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson, Iris Churn, Jessie Mune
  • Directors: Jane Campion
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Mono, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov. 2002
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007JGD7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,405 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

'An Angel at My Table' is the internationally acclaimed second film by Oscar-winning director Jane Campion ('The Piano', 'In the Cut'). It is an extraordinarily moving celebration of the life of Janet Frame, New Zealand's most distinguished author, based on her autobiographical trilogy. The film follows Janet through her poor Depression-era childhood and her growing fascination with literature; her painfully shy student days and her subsequent treatment for misdiagnosed schizophrenia; and finally on her travels to Europe where she samples Bohemian life and achieves international success as a writer. Kerry Fox ('Intimacy', 'Shallow Grave') is outstanding in the leading role of the adult Janet.

From Amazon.co.uk

Originally produced as a three-part miniseries for New Zealand television, this extraordinary film is based on the life of Janet Frame, an introverted, sensitive girl who was later misdiagnosed as schizophrenic and spent eight years in a psychiatric hospital. She would later become one of New Zealand's most celebrated poets and novelists, publishing her first books while she was still confined to a mental ward. She had endured over 200 electroshock treatments and had almost been lobotomized by careless physicians who took no time to understand that she was merely awkward and shy and suffered from little more than routine depression. From a solid screenplayby Laura Jones, director Jane Campion (The Piano) tells this story without soapy melodrama but rather as anexploration of a challenged creative spirit--a journey into a writer's mind, exploring the power of imagination as a mechanism of survival and self-defense. Three talented actors play Janet Frame at different ages throughout the film, with Kerry Fox giving a powerful performance as the young-adult Janet, whose own skill and creative tenacity would prove to be her salvation. Frightening, harrowing and ultimately a source of humanistic enlightenment, An Angel at My Table (titled after Frame's autobiography) is a film you won't soon forget.--Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: DVD Verified Purchase
An amazing film, which I had seen before viewed on tv in new zealand many years ago and was instantly compelled to add it to my collection once seeing it available on amazon. It is a film about one of new zealand's most famous writers, and the making of her, and her life. She had a most interesting, tragic life, and this film directed by jane campion gives you a feeling of being there, and almost going through what she did. It has amazing scenery and I can honestly say that it is very true to how new zealand is and was in some ways.
A must view, if you are into a real life drama which gives you an insight to a small world far away in the 1940's, as well as a controversial life.
Comment 36 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 April 2012
Format: DVD
Unlike Jane Campion's other films and most other Antipodean movies, An Angel at My Table is still resolutely hidden away under "World Cinema" in shops and such. Nothing necessarily wrong with that but it does mean that it remains unknown to most, even seasoned cineastes. Even if you know you want it, buying it (before these days of internet shopping), it took me many trips to bigger DVD shops in bigger cities, 'til I found it.

This, my second viewing after many years, the biographical story of Janet Frame still packs its punch. I was so impressed the first time round, I lent it to a consultant psychiatrist friend, to view as a case study and how attitudes and practices had changed. He didn't reveal any trade secrets, though, saying only that it was a very good film.

In this respect, I'm talking about Frame's hospitalisation and misdiagnosis, which of course, is only one strand of her story. Growing up with 4 other brothers and sisters, she's like any other little girl, a bit naughty, a bit chubby, getting into trouble. And she writes poetry. When her sister Myrtle accidentally drowns, Janet loses her herself further and further in that poetry, making her withdraw from society - and into herself.

Originally shown on New Zealand TV in three parts, it is still segmented into parts 1, 2 and 3, each dealing with a particular period in her life. If the total 2.5 hours seems long, then watch it as a serial, each being 50 mins long.

Being biographical and from the pen of a best-selling author about herself, as you would expect, the script and its portrayal is lush, vivid and full of little personal details and insights. Each of the three actors who play her as a child, teenager and then, Kerry Fox as the adult, are very good.
Read more ›
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD
Janet Frame was an extraordinary sensitive individual without a social skin, she was socially awkward and reserved her self for creative expression in poetry, novels and short stories. She avoided giving interviews or articulating her views. She wrote of experiences that haunted her and she had many traumatic experiences to overcome in her youth : childhood in a poor family during the Depression; a traumatised adolescence( she lost 2 sisters through drowning 10 years apart); extreme shyness;troubled university years in Dunedin that led to a nervous breakdown; misdiagnosis of schizophrenia and ,unnecessarily,200 ECT treatments; fear of authority.She had courage too, writing was her salvation,words her refuge and triumph, to transcend her anxieties and grief through the therapy of art and imagination. Always a great reader.she retreated from the world and society into nature. Frame faces great difficulty in adapting to the conventional rural life around her, and her social awkwardness only worsens as she grows older. Frame's autobiographical articulation of an imaginative female mind with its wings clipped by the stultifying social conformity of 1950s New Zealand was ripe material for Campion's preoccupations: as a way to reconnect with her personal experience: "[Frame's autobiography] awakened my own memories of my childhood; her book really seemed to me to be an essay on childhood in New Zealand.Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD
This is an enjoyable film. It has the beautiful scenery of New Zealand along with the harsh realities of how incommpassionate humans can be towards each other. It shows how adversity can triumph eventually. The three actresses who take the lead role in the various periods of Janet's life in this trilogy are excellant. The film is worth watching, but can seem "drawn out" at times; overcome that, and you have a good film.
1 Comment 14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a beautiful film based on the autobiographies of Janet Frame. Everything about the film shows a sensitive and haunting appreciation of this wonderful writer. Visually it is a delight and the three actors who play Janet at different stages of her life are superb.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD
I felt compelled to watch An Angel At My Table after seeing it on a list of recommended films about writers. Additionally, I feel very strongly in my soul, regardless of what some of my well- meaning critics may say, that it is part of my destiny to become a writer on the side. I intend to write and publish under an alias and/or pen name and credit countless people for inspiring me (such as a recent encouraging e-mail pertaining to authorship that I received from Sean Malarkey). Still, I found An Angel At My Table motivational because this movie centers around the true life story of a woman named Janet Frame (played by Kerry Fox) who enjoys a distinguished career as a writer despite acting different from other ladies who lived around the same time period (including her biological female family members). Sadly, she is at first misdiagnosed to be schizophrenic and almost ends up having to undergo a complete lobotomy. I must leave out how she gets out of this situation for those who have yet to see An Angel At My Table. However, from my perspective, this film captures in a humane and brilliant way the highs and lows of her life. Divided into three parts, this film captures moments such as when she first falls in love and another scene where she ends up getting romantically swept off her feet by another accomplished individual. Part one transitions into part two via the action point of her going off to college. Part two to three makes the transition of her going abroad from New Zealand to England and then to Spain. Quotes from the Shakespeare play of The Tempest and another quote from Robert Burns of Duncan Gray are featured in the movie transitions.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Customer Discussions


Look for similar items by category


Feedback