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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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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
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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17 August 1979 (Australia)  »

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AUD 800,000 (estimated)
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Producer Margaret Fink once considered Roman Polanski (Tess (1979)) to direct this picture. See more »

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Sybylla: I think ugly girls should be shot at birth by their parents. It's bad enough being born a girl...but ugly and clever...
Aunt Gussie: Oh, fancy you're clever, do you?
Sybylla: I rather hope so. I'm done for if I'm not!
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Featured in 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997) See more »

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A quiet, rewarding story of a young woman's ambition
25 December 1999 | by (Ukiah, California) – See all my reviews

Judy Davis is Sybylla, a girl of the Australian outback around 1909. As portrayed by Davis, in her breakthrough role, Sybylla is a font of boundless energy wanting desperately to escape the backwardness of her young life. Sam Neill, also in one of the significant early roles of his career, is likewise charming as the young man who presents her with a tempting alternative to her ambition to become a writer and escape the frontier life forever.

This is not a great or epic story, certainly, but it is a quiet, rewarding story of a young woman's quest for a better life. A worthy entry among the films that marked the ascendancy of the "Australian Renaissance" in film-making during the 1970s; director Armstrong would go on to make such films as "Mrs. Soffel" and the 1994 "Little Women."


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