Film director and fellow Kiwi Jane Campion chose Paquin from a pool of 5000 candidates. Despite having no acting experience, Paquin impressed Campion with a monologue about Flora’s father.
The Piano won the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes and three Oscars at the 1994 awards.
In 2013 Campion revealed that she had originally intended Hunter’s character to die at the end of the film, but changed her mind during shooting.
Here is what the 34-year-old Paquin looks like today…