Sweetie

Sweetie

Criterion Collection Edition #356

Though she went on to create a string of brilliant films, Jane Campion will always be remembered for her stunning debut feature SWEETIE, which focuses on the hazardous relationship between the buttoned-down, superstitious Kay and her rampaging, devil-may-care sister, Sweetie, and on their family’s profoundly rotten roots. A feast of colorful photography and captivating, idiosyncratic characters, the tough and tender SWEETIE heralded the emergence of this gifted director, as well as a renaissance of Australian cinema, which would take the film world by storm in the nineties.

Sweetie
  • Sweetie

    Directed by Jane Campion • 1989 • New Zealand
    Starring Genevieve Lemon, Karen Colston, Tom Lycos

    Though she went on to create a string of brilliant films, Jane Campion will always be remembered for her stunning debut feature SWEETIE, which focuses on the hazardous relationship between the button...

Extras

  • SWEETIE Commentary

    Recorded in Sydney, Australia, in 2006, this commentary features director and cowriter Jane Campion, her screenwriting partner Gerard Lee, and director of photography Sally Bongers.

  • Making SWEETIE

    This conversation between SWEETIE stars Genevieve Lemon and Karen Colston was recorded in 2006.

  • Passionless Moments

    Directed by Jane Campion • 1983 • Australia

    This short film co-directed by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee portrays the awkward trials of everyday living.

  • An Exercise in Discipline: Peel

    Directed by Jane Campion • 1982 • Australia

    This short, concerning a father disciplining his son whilst on a road trip, went on to win the Short Film Palme d'Or at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival and effectively launched director Jane Campion's feature-filmmaking career.

  • A Girl's Own Story

    Directed by Jane Campion • 1983 • Australia

    This early short from director Jane Campion concerns a group of teenage girls in the 1960s.

  • Jane Campion: The Film School Years

    This conversation between critic Peter Thompson and Jane Campion took place in 1989, following the success of Campion’s short films. It was produced for the Australian Television Radio and Film School, where she studied.