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My Brilliant Career (1979)

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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
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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 ...
Father
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Mother
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Horace
Marion Shad ...
Gertie
Arron Wood ...
Stanley (as Aaron Wood)
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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Sometimes it is the things that bind us, that truly set us free. See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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17 August 1979 (Australia)  »

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As Quatro Irmãs  »

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AUD 800,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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According to director Gillian Armstrong on the audio commentary, cinematographer Don McAlpine at the start of production maintained that this film had the highest ever budget for an Australian feature film directed by a first-time director [at least up until that time]. 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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Referenced in Growing Pains: Maggie's Brilliant Career (1992) See more »

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Even twenty odd years after I first saw it, this film makes me want to cheer. Gillian Armstrong, if you're out there, thank you!
4 December 2000 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

My mother took me to see this film when I was ten, the year before she died. It changed my entire perspective on the world, set me free from the constraints of fairy tales and inspired me to do something worthwhile with my life (write). I've seen it a few times since then, and found it improved in pace with my understanding.

Apparently Judy Davis didn't like this character or sympathize with her. All I can say is that I'm glad she went ahead and took the role anyway. Sybylla is like Cinderella with a twist worthy of M. Night Shymalan.

The film is sometimes beautiful and lyrical, sometimes depressing and ugly. At all times it is believable because the forces driving Sybylla transcend time and place: creativity and independence. This film taught me that a gilded cage is still a cage.

Even twenty odd years after I first saw it, this film makes me want to cheer. Gillian Armstrong, if you're out there, thank you!


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