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Brilliant Lies (1996)

R | | Drama | 11 July 1997 (USA)
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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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 ...
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Brad Lindsay ...
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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 »

Quotes

Gary Fitzgerald: Listen, sweetheart, without sexual attraction the human race wouldn't have survived. The death of sex means the death of mankind, for christsake
Katy Conner: I'm not saying you shouldn't have impulses, I'm saying you should be mature enough to control them. And don't call me sweetheart
Gary Fitzgerald: I took a completely normal interest in an attractive woman and suddenly I'm a criminal
Katy Conner: After thousands of years of abuse men are finally being held accountable and you dont like it. Well, let me tell you something, Buster, ...
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YOU ARE WHAT YOU ARE
from the album "Living On A Volcano"
By Mike Rudd & Bill Putt
Composed by M. Rudd, B. Putt & H. Rudd
Remix Publishing
BIB Productions Pty. Ltd., Melbourne, Australia
M D S
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Compelling, if a little rough around the edges
12 October 2005 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

There are three facts which I believe will help those who have not yet seen the film make up their minds whether or not they will enjoy it. First, the film was shot in Melbourne, Australia which in itself makes the film a "must see" for anyone who lives there or who has lived there. Second, the film was shot on a small budget and a tight time frame (30 days, I believe) which means that the film is not 'about' special effects or complex action scenes. Third, the film is based closely on a stage play so the viewer's interest has to be in the characters and the storyline.

I felt that the film was unusual in that it presented the different (and often opposed) viewpoints of as many as four characters in a way that led you to sympathise, or at least empathise, with all of them. The film is not judgmental and does not present a black and white conclusion. The characters are compromised, not heroic, and I would describe them as realistic rather than merely stereotypical.


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