“I was not sexually harassed”: Campion

Director Jane Campion has denied being sexually harassed by the husband of a film festival director in India, but acknowledges that the festival failed to keep its promises.

This is Campion’s statement:

“I was not sexually harassed by the festival director’s husband and did not make that allegation.
“My own experience of the organisers of the film festival was that they made promises to me which they failed to keep:  failure to meet me or any of the other delegates that I spoke to on arrival at the airport, failure to pay for my airline tickets, cancelling the premiere of my film Bright Star at the last moment.  Never in my entire experience has a film festival been so poorly presented and organised.  It’s a  shame for the filmmakers, the audience, the funding bodies of the countries involved as well as the Indian Government who, it appears from the advertising, sponsored them to some degree.
I was keen to go to India because of my warm and long relationship with the country and fondness of my Indian friends, which remains untouched by this episode, even deepened as they have helped me to pursue a positive  outcome.”


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