An Angel at My Table (1990)




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Laura Jones adapted Janet Frame's autobiographical books To The Is-Land, The Envoy From Mirror City, and An Angel At My Table for this New Zealand made-for-television miniseries which dramatizes her youth, when she was wrongfully confined in a mental institution for eight years, and her subsequent acclaim as a writer after her release.
Art House & International , Drama
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Kerry Fox
as Janet Frame
Alexia Keogh
as Young Janet
Karen Fergusson
as Teenage Janet
Glynis Angell
as Isabel
Katherine Murray-Cowper
as Isabel Frame (as a child)
Samantha Townsley
as Isabel Frame (as a teenager)
Susan McGregor
as June Frame (as a teenager)
Sarah Llewellyn
as June Frame (as a child)
Andrew Binns
as Buddie Frame
Christopher Lawrence
as Buddie Frame (as a teenager)
Paul Sanchez
as Francesca
Mark Morrison
as Buddie Frame (as a child)
Carla Hedgeman
as Poppy (as a child)
Caroline Somerville
as Poppy (as a teenager)
Colin McColl
as John Forrest
Martyn Sanderson
as Frank Sargeson
Jessica Wilcox
as Kay Stead
Mark Clare
as Karl Stead
William Brandt
as Bernard
Peter Dennett
as Mark Goulden
Rod Collinson
as Mr. Niles
David McKenzie
as Alan Sillitoe
Eleanor Wragge
as Ruth Sillitoe
Sarah Llewwllyn
as June Frame - as a Child
Jessie Mune
as Janet Frame (as a baby)
Francesca Collins
as June Frame (as a baby)
Mark Thomson
as Billy Delaware
Brenda Kendall
as Miss Botting
Paul Moffat
as Dis McIvor
Dave Scott
as Doctor
Blair Hutchinson
as Bully Boy
Cushla Aston
as Borstal Girl
David McAuslan
as Bully Boy
Ailene Herring
as Teacher
Faye Flegg
as Doctor
Melissa Dawson
as Nora Bone
Angela Ford
as Turning Girl
Lorna Storm
as Groovy Girl
Timothy Bartlett
as Gussy Dymock
Richard Mills
as Talent Scout
Sassy Acorn
as Audition Girl
Tony Creamer
as Audition Boy
Hamish McFarlane
as Avril Luxton
Geoff Barlow
as Headmaster
Edith Campion
as Miss Lyndsay
Fiona Kay
as Marguerite
Brian Flegg
as Doctor
Eileen Clark
as Neighbor
Margaret Gordon
as Neighbor
Lillian Enting
as Miss Crowe
Fiona Brown
as Shirley
Maureen Duffy
as Miss Farnie
Karla Smith
as Sybil
Fritha Stalker
as Bridget
Melanie Reid
as Melanie
Natasha Gray
as Lesley
Erin Mills
as Katherine
Natalie Ellis
as Aunt Isy
Eddie Hegan
as Uncle George
Donnell Doreen
as Teacher
Alistair Douglas
as Headmaster
Rod Collison
as Mr. Niles
Harry Lavington
as Head of Psychology
Sheryl Stewart
as Nurse Maitland
Cushla Ashton
as Borstal Girl
Jacqueline O'Rourke
as Borstal Girl
Joy Trow
as Woman on Platform
June Shane
as Neighbour
Annabel Lomas
as Mrs. Chandler
David Stott
as Doctor
Jim Rawdon
as Wilson
Peter Brunt
as Dr. Burt
Peter Needham
as Dr. Palmer
Joshua Cole
as June and Wilson's Child
Ian Hendl
as June and Wilson's Child
Helene Anderson
as Norwegian Woman
Joan Foster
as Hotel Manageress
David Letch
as Patrick
Collette Cooper
as Bohemian
Paul Norell
as Bohemian
Julia Calvo
as Spanish Woman on Train
Maria Matias
as Spanish Woman
Carlos Martinez
as Spanish Official
Paula Sanchez
as Francesca
Timothy Smith
as Edwin Mather
Gerald Bryan
as Dr. Cawley
Billy Atkinson
as Mrs. Morgan
Caroline Flint
as Mrs. Goulden
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Critic Reviews for An Angel at My Table

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

Engaging biopic of the shy and introverted New Zealand writer/poet Janet Frame.

Full Review… | February 23, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An Angel at My Table is, like many of Campion's films, a tale of the indomitability of the human spirit.

Full Review… | April 7, 2010
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Anyone who can make a more than 2.5-hour biopic about a New Zealand writer feel as quick and fleet as this is clearly doing something extremely right.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

radiantly beautiful filmmaking

September 29, 2005

Campion's knack for solitary yet paradoxically epic scope nibbles off Laura Jones's bite-sized scene-sketches of loneliness and makes entire meals of them.

Full Review… | September 23, 2005
Slant Magazine

A spiritually uplifting portrait of New Zealand poet and novelist Janet Frame.

Full Review… | July 12, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for An Angel at My Table

wow this movie makes new zealand look like the most gorgeous place on earth glad i saw this instead of trying to watch the first lord of the rings movie without falling asleep for the fourth time

Lester Yabut
Lester Yabut

Fascinating study of oversensitivity as future New Zealand poet laureate endures the slings and arrows of a unpoetic world bent on destroying poetry, or at least ignoring it. Kerry Fox is a round-eyed, trembling terror to behold as a writer mistakenly condemned to the mental ward. This was a television series?!? Excellent work by Campion.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Beautiful in every way.

Michael S
Michael S

Super Reviewer

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