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My Brilliant Career (1979)

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Sybylla Melvyn is an independent young woman who soon after arriving to live with her Grandmother Bossier and aunt Helen announces that she will never marry and plans on having a career ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Aunt Helen
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Frank Hawdon
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Mr. McSwatt
Aileen Britton ...
Grandma Bossier
Peter Whitford ...
Uncle Julius
Patricia Kennedy ...
Aunt Gussie
Alan Hopgood ...
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Horace
Marion Shad ...
Gertie
Aaron Wood ...
Stanley
Sue Davies ...
Aurora
Gordon Piper ...
Barman
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Sybylla Melvyn is an independent young woman who soon after arriving to live with her Grandmother Bossier and aunt Helen announces that she will never marry and plans on having a career instead. She does attracts the interest of several suitors. The bumbling Englishman Frank Hawdon has only been in Australia for three months and proposes that she return home with him as his wife. She rejects him out of hand telling her grandmother that she does not love him. Then there's her neighbor, the handsome young farmer Harry Beecham, who she is attracted to and eventually accepts his proposal. Time passes however and in the end refuses to marry him while she seeks to become a writer. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

17 August 1979 (Australia)  »

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As Quatro Irmãs  »

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AUD 800,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

A script editor was brought into to cut down this film's 200-250 page script to a workable 90 minute movie. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Julius: I see that Furlow has bought himself a very fine bull.
Sybylla: That should make a few cows happy!
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Featured in 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997) See more »

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Watch the ENTIRE movie or you'll miss much.
11 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The previous comment suggested fast-forwarding through the movie to the denouement. If you do this you will lack a true understanding of just how important the choices made in the end are to the character Sybylla.

Unless you watch a movie in its entirety you cannot say you have truly seen the movie. A movie may also move at a pace that you are not used to and the pace of a specific film is chosen for a reason. If the viewer stops to think about just why the final cut moved at that pace he or she may glean something quite important about that particular film.

Beauty is in the eye of beholder. Australia does not possess (in the area where this movie was filmed) bold colors and subtlety was what was wont for this film.

I rated it quite highly for many reasons including Judy Davis' acting, the strength with which the director was able to convey its message, the strong supporting cast, the exquisite shots (particularly in their composition) often lengthy in duration that so wonderfully show what action/adventure films cannot including again subtlety, nuance and the ability to make the viewer actually think-both during and for long after the film is viewed


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