Presented by Kyle Westphal, Chicago Film Society

The first feature film by director Jane Campion, Sweetie screens at the Museum in a 35mm collector’s print.

“On the advice of a psychic, Kay (Karen Colston) steals her presumed soul mate from the arms of a coworker. Soon Kay and Louis (Tom Lycos) are living the suburban dream outside Sydney, Australia, working nameless jobs while the honeymoon phase draws to a close. Enter Dawn—aka Sweetie (Geneviève Lemon)—Kay’s feral, sexually charged sister. Sweetie is a fever dream occupied by needy, selfish children being literally and figuratively backed into corners. Released four years before Campion became the first (and only, as of 2016) female filmmaker to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes (for The Piano), Sweetie contains both the poetry and depravity that can be traced throughout her later work.” —Chicago Film Society

Read an essay on the film.

About the Presenter
Kyle Westphal is a co-founder of the Chicago Film Society, where he works in programming and preservation. He oversaw the Film Society’s photochemical restoration of Corn’s-A-Poppin,’ in conjunction with the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF); he is currently working on preserving the films of avant-garde artist Fred Camper with the support of the NFPF and the Film Foundation. Westphal began his film career at Doc Films at the University of Chicago, where he learned how to project film and ultimately served as the programming chair. He subsequently worked as the Chief Projectionist of the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman Museum; he has also worked or interned for the Pacific Film Archive, UCLA Film and Television Archive, and Cinefest. His film writing has appeared in the Chicago Reader, the Sacramento Bee, and the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress. Westphal is a 2009 graduate of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman Museum.

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Director
Jane Campion
Released
1989
Country
Australia
Running Time
97 minutes
Format
35mm, Color