The Piano

Director:   Jane Campion
Year:   1993
Language:   English and Maori
Time:   121 minutes

Jane Campion wrote and directed this saga of an arranged marriage that takes a young Scotswoman (Holly Hunter) and her beloved piano to the primitive world of mid-19th century New Zealand. A harsh environment and a harsh husband await her.

In addition to a Best Picture nomination, it received Oscar wins for best actress, best supporting actress and best screenplay and four other nominations.

Rated R for sexuality.

Post-film discussion led by Dr. Rachel Ritterbusch, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of English and Modern Languages at Shepherd University.


About the writer and director Jane Campion

Other background on the film

A selection of reviews of the film