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    https://variety.com/2019/film/news/benedict-cumberbatch-elisabeth-moss-jane-campion-power-of-the-dog-1203205974/

    Looks like a big BP/Best Actor + Actress contender for 2021…

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    Awardsfan1990
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    Sure sounds great on paper! Let’s hope the final product is amazing!

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    Aunt Peg
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    I have very low expectations for this (though I do for most things at my advanced age).

    Jane Campion has not had a commercial or critical hit since The Piano in 1993 so her next project should be viewed with some caution.

    I thought all her work (including her short films and films made for Australian television) up to and including The Piano were pretty much flawless. It was natural to expect great things post The Piano, but things have not panned out that way.

    Her four feature films (Portrait of a Lady, Holy Smoke, In the Cut & Bright Star) were all received with mixed critical reaction and were all box office failures.

    For the record I consider Portrait of a Lady and In the Cut to be up there with her Campion’s best work. Critics and audiences generally disagree with my viewpoint here.

    Her TV series Top of the Lake which had two seasons, each self contained, were a mixed bag. Parts of both series worked really well and other parts didn’t – very much a mixed bag. Both seasons are worth viewing but both are widely uneven. For example in Season 1, Elizabeth Moss nearly undermined the entire series because she was unable to do a New Zealand accent (Anna Paquin was Campion’s first choice but was pregnant so she wasn’t able to accept the role and would have had no problem with the accent, and therefore would not have been so distracting). In the second series Moss’ dreadful accent didn’t matter as the setting had changed from rural New Zealand to multicultural Sydney but China Girl was marred by a bad first episode and a final episode that tied things up to conveniently and out of flow with what had come before.

    I hope Campion can find her feet again with this new film, but I’m a pessimist at heart. But I also love to be proved wrong.

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    Gwen Gentry
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    That’s true Peg! But I think that, with a hot cast like this and in a post MeToo context (where Greta Gerwig managed to get a nomination for BD and almost won), Campion, which is one of the best woman filmmaker (thought I don’t personally like to make this distinction), and has a lot of respect in the industry and haven’t made a movie in 10 years, could make a strong comeback in the award season.

    We’ll see…

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