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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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Two exciting new stars in a story for today... Judy Davis Sam Neill See more »


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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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Problems with the financing of this picture meant that production of this film slowed and was delayed. According to director Gillian Armstrong on the audio commentary, she was asked to direct another film, a non-period movie produced by Errol Sullivan, during this period. Due to her passion for this project, Armstrong decided to take a risk and stay with it. The only contemporary feature film produced by Sullivan in 1979 was Cathy's Child (1979). Ironically, it was that picture which won the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Actress (Michele Fawdon) beating Judy Davis for her internationally acclaimed performance in this film. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Gussie: Perhaps they're meant to balance the ugly in life.
[while in the aviary, about the birds]
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Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: 25 Years of Margaret & David (2011) See more »

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Very Good!
28 September 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Usually I'm not too interested in these kinds of films, but i found myself becoming involved in the characters and their lives. The movie was very well done, and it explores many of the social gender roles that are still applicable today.

It is a funny, yet serious movie, that has some deep undertones.

I would recommend watching it.


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