Jane Campion wins Best Director for The Power of the Dog at Venice

The director's Silver Lion win for Netflix Original The Power of the Dog is sure to provoke conversation.

UPDATE: Director Jane Campion has been awarded the Silver Lion for Best Director for The Power of the Dog at the Venice Film Festival. It is the first Netflix Original to win a prize at the festival, in a year where their inclusion has been hotly contested.

In her acceptance speech, Campion thanked the festival and particularly praised Benedict Cumberbatch’s leading performance as the Machiavellian Phil Burbank, saying he went ’round the world and back again to find this character, to strip himself bare.’

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.