“Few screen actors have moved as seamlessly and sublimely between comedy and drama as Holly Hunter. Although taken for granted in recent years, Hunter’s masterfully adaptable talent seems to exist on an entirely different plane than that of her peers and has carried many a precarious movie over the course of her more than three-decade career. Hunter has proven to be an ever-renewable generator of indelible and wondrously specific character creations, each of them capable of provoking unadulterated delight and unanticipated catharsis in viewers. In a profession where any actor would be lucky enough to launch a single character even halfway as beloved as Raising Arizona’s Edwina or Broadcast News’ Jane Craig or The Piano’s Ada McGrath or The Incredibles’ Elastigirl, Hunter has distinguished herself as a supremely worthy interpreter of women, both human and superhuman.”
Campion was born the second of two daughters to actress Edith Campion and theatre director Richard M. Campion. Campion was raised in the theatrical New Zealand community where her parents were well known. Initially adopting a career in painting Campion later turned her attention to film and began to direct short films.
Almost immediately Campion was recognized as an important voice in world cinema. Her early shorts screened at the Cannes Film Festival where she won the Short Film Palme d'Or, the highest honour achievable at the festival for a short film.
Her 1989 feature film debut Sweetie played In Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. The festival further honoured her in 1993 by awarding her the Palme d’Or for her film The Piano making her the first (and as of 2015 the only) female director to have this honour. She was also nominated for Best Director at the Oscars for The Piano, the second woman ever to be nominated in that category.
Campion has directed 7 feature films, 7 shorts and two seasons of the crime drama Top of the Lake.