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Brilliant Lies (1996)

 -  Drama  -  11 July 1997 (USA)
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Susy Conner accuses former employer, Gary Fitzgerald, of harassment and unfair dismissal for failing to comply with his sexual demands. Relating the incident to conciliation lawyer, Marion ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Susy Connor
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Gary Fitzgerald
Zoe Carides ...
Katy Connor
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Brian Connor
Michael Veitch ...
Paul Connor
Catherine Wilkin ...
Marion Lee
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Vince
Jennifer Jarman-Walker ...
Ruth Miller
Grant Tilly ...
Steve Lovett
Beverley Dunn ...
President
Brad Lindsay ...
Registrar
Barry Friedlander ...
Mr. Burton
Iain Murton ...
Mr. Hall
Tim Elston ...
Young Brian
Natalie Gauci ...
Young Katy (as Natalie Gauchi)
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Susy Conner accuses former employer, Gary Fitzgerald, of harassment and unfair dismissal for failing to comply with his sexual demands. Relating the incident to conciliation lawyer, Marion Lee, Susy comments that the trauma experienced should entitle her to a compensation payment of $40,000.00. Written by Anonymous

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The battle of the sexes is now all out war. To survive, you must tell Brilliant Lies

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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The end credits song, performed by Australian singer Kate Ceberano, with music by Nerida Tyson-Chew and lyrics by Richard Franklin, was nominated for Best Original Song for a Feature Film, Mini-Series, Telemovie or TV Series, at the 1997 Australian Guild of Screen Composers Awards. See more »

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Brian Conner: All fathers notice their daughters development. All fathers notice! I was proud. ALL fathers notice!
Susy Conner: All fathers don't chase their daughters around and grab their breasts!
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References 60 Minutes (1979) See more »

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BRILLIANT LIES
Music by Nerida Tyson-Chew & Rajan Kamahi
Lyrics by Richard Franklin
Vocals by Kate Cedarano
Produced & Engineered by Ashley Cadell
Music recorded and mixed at Chartbound Sound, Melborne
Vocals recorded at John Reynolds Recording Studio, Adelaide
Available on Mushroom Records
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Nothing about this is brilliant.
4 August 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

David Williamson has written some very good plays, but even the best of them can't be removed from the stage without wilting. This is not one of the best of them.

To be honest, it feels as though it's been cranked out. "Let me write a play (or script) about ..." Williamson thinks for a moment, fixes on "workplace sexual harassment", starts banging away that very instant at the typewriter, sticks to the scenic formula that's worked so well in the past, throws in a revelation of some kind every few pages, and it's done. The result is not at all brilliant. (Nor are the lies brilliant. Don't expect Baron Münchhausen, is all I'm saying.) Even so, it probably works well enough on stage.

But it's not on stage and it flat as a lilypad. Michael Veitch plays the part of the family Christian who no-one takes seriously in a manner that might also work on stage, but which is embarrassingly cartoony here. (It's possible to count and catalogue his mannerisms.) Principle leads are competent but don't shine. Direction is leaden. Now and then the action moves out of doors or down the corridor - as if that could possibly help matters.

If I were to say that it's boring I might mislead you. Williamson's craft ensures that it's not at all likely to induce sleep, and it's possibly worth watching as a way of passing an hour and a half; but any other film at all, provided it's one that's not positively bad, would serve just as well.


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