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  • TBC
  • Biography, Drama
  • 1979
  • 100 mins

My Brilliant Career

My Brilliant Career

Synopsis

Judy Davis and Sam Neill lead this multi-award winning coming-of-age drama set in Australia at the start of the last century.

About

An ambitious young girl dreams of becoming a writer but circumstances conspire against her.

Based on the novel by Miles Franklin this quietly powerful drama launched the careers of Davis, Neill and director Gillian Armstrong and remains a high point in the great Aussie film renaissance of the late 70s.

Sybylla Melvyn (Davies) is the oldest daughter of impoverished New South Wales farmers. Dreaming of escape and a career as a writer she forfeits romance with Harry Beacham (Neill) and takes a job as a governess in the repressive McSwatt household, all the while nursing her literary ambitions. It's a gamble that pays off and eventually Sybylla finds success as a writer and, just as significantly, as an independent woman.

At the time of the film's release much was made of its feminist credentials and Armstrong is certainly as interested in the social issues as the human drama. However it avoids polemic, the romance between Davis and Neill is delicately played out and what emerges is an articulate study of a strong and intelligent woman's battle for self-determination.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Max Cullen, Robert Grubb, Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Patricia Kennedy, Wendy Hughes
  • Director: Gillian Armstrong
  • Writer: Eleanor Witcombe
  • Producer: Margaret Fink
  • Photographer: Donald McAlpine
  • Composer: Nathan Waks

In a nutshell

Slow but rewarding character piece that delivers its message of female emancipation with subtlety and grace.

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