My Brilliant Career

My Brilliant Career

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Director: Gillian Armstrong

Cast: Gillian Armstrong, Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes

     
 

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Both actress Judy Davis and director Gillian Armstrong made a big splash on the international scene with this charming Australian film that examines late 19th century Australian society from the perspective of a headstrong woman who refuses to follow convention. The film charts the developing self-awareness of Sybylla Melvyn (Judy Davis) as she grows from an insecure…  See more details below

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Both actress Judy Davis and director Gillian Armstrong made a big splash on the international scene with this charming Australian film that examines late 19th century Australian society from the perspective of a headstrong woman who refuses to follow convention. The film charts the developing self-awareness of Sybylla Melvyn (Judy Davis) as she grows from an insecure tomboy to a self-assured woman. Sybylla wants to be a writer and stuns her family and friends by her insistence on following her dream. Despite the objections of her family acquaintances, she rejects the marriage proposal from the rich Harry Beecham (Sam Neill) to continue going her own way, in spite of the odds stacked against her in a repressive Victorian environment.

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1979 was a timely year for a challenging feminist film about an unconventional woman bucking a conservative society. It was also the height of the Australian cinema's New Wave. Director Gillian Armstrong was therefore perfectly positioned to score with her first feature film, about a proto-feminist heroine in early 20th century Australia. The heroine was played by Judy Davis with an engaging determination that helped Armstrong's picture win international attention. With its deliberate pace and thoughtful attention to detail, My Brilliant Career was a surprise hit that launched both Davis and Armstrong to stardom. It was also helped by a fine performance from Sam Neill as the heroine's suitor.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/2009
UPC:
0827058700993
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
NR
Source:
Blue Underground
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
46,665

Special Features

Audio commentary with director Gillian Armstrong; Interview with director Gillian Armstrong; Interview wiht producer Margaret Fink; Cannes Film Festival Premiere featuring star Judy Davis, director Gillian Armstrong and producer Margaret Fink; The Miles Franklin Story; Theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Judy Davis Sybylla Melvyn
Sam Neill Harry Beecham
Wendy Hughes Aunt Helen
Robert Grubb Frank Hawdon
Patricia Kennedy Aunt Gussie
Max Cullen Mr. McSwat
Haylely Anderson Rosie Jane McSwat
Aileen Britton Grandma Bossier
Max Meldrum Mr. Harris
Robert Austin Willie McSwat
Julia Blake Mother
Simone Buchanan Mary Anne McSwat
Aaron Corrin Jimmy McSwat
Sharon Crouch Sarah McSwat
Gerry Duggan Squatter
David Franklin Horace
Alan Hopgood Father
Tony Hughes Peter McSwat
Ray Meagher Mailman
Tina Robinson Lizer McSwat
Suzanne Roylance Biddy
Carole Skinner Mrs. McSwat
Mark Spain Tommy McSwat
Dorothy St. Heaps Mrs. Derrick
Peter Whitford Uncle Julius

Technical Credits
Gillian Armstrong Director
Luciana Arrighi Production Designer
Nicholas Beauman Editor
Margaret Fink Producer
Donald MacPhee Cinematographer
Donald M. McAlpine Cinematographer
Jane Scott Associate Producer
Anna Senior Costumes/Costume Designer
Nathan Waks Score Composer
Eleanor Witcombe Screenwriter

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My Brilliant Career 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This is a modern movie set at the turn of the 20th century. This movie came out when I was in my early teens, and it reinforced my belief that there would more for me in life than marriage if that is what I chose. I fall in love as the characters do. Enjoy Sybilla played by a young Judy Davis and Harry who is as dashing as Sam Neill.