Most Notable Movie: The Piano (1993)

The New Zealand writer/director started off as a painter, inspired by Frida Kahlo, whose work still has a major influence on her career. Soon, Campion grew restless with the limitations that painting offered and moved on to films. 

A filmmaker with a knack for airy and wistful period pieces, Campion has always received praise for her career in movies. Her second short, Peel, earned her the Short Film Palme d'Or at Cannes. Soon after that, she quickly became regarded as one of the best young directors of her time, her focus often being on gender politics, especially with female power.

Her most popular film, The Piano, was a commercial and critical success. It grossed $40 million, while only taking $7 million to produce, and won three Academy Awards. Campion won the Palme d'Or, making her the first female director to win.