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My Brilliant Career (1979)

A young independent woman who lives with her grandmother and aunt in the countryside rebels against being pressured into marriage and chooses to solely focus on having a career as a writer. Nevertheless, two suitors propose to her.

Director:

Gillian Armstrong (as Gill Armstrong)

Writers:

Eleanor Witcombe (screenplay), Miles Franklin (novel)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Davis ... Sybylla Melvyn
Sam Neill ... Harry Beecham
Wendy Hughes ... Aunt Helen
Robert Grubb ... Frank Hawdon
Max Cullen ... Mr. McSwatt
Aileen Britton Aileen Britton ... Grandma Bossier
Peter Whitford ... Uncle Julius
Patricia Kennedy Patricia Kennedy ... Aunt Gussie
Alan Hopgood Alan Hopgood ... Father
Julia Blake ... Mother
David Franklin ... Horace
Marion Shad Marion Shad ... Gertie
Arron Wood Arron Wood ... Stanley
Sue Davies Sue Davies ... Aurora
Gordon Piper Gordon Piper ... Barman
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Storyline

Sybylla Melvyn is an independent young woman who soon after arriving to live with her grandmother, and aunt announces she'll never marry and plans on having a career instead. She attracts the interest of several suitors; bumbling Englishman Frank Hawdon, her handsome neighbour, the handsome young farmer, Harry Beecham, who she's attracted to. Written by garykmcd

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Reportedly, Judy Davis has said that she didn't care for her role (as Sybylla Melvyn) in this film and thought her appearance in it was unflattering. See more »

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[first lines]
Sybylla: Possum Gully, Australia. 1897. Dear fellow countrymen, just a few lines to let you know that this story is going to be all about me. So, in answer to many requests, here is the story of my career... here is the story, of my career... my *brilliant* career. I make no apology for being egotistical... because I am!
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One of my all-time favorite films
30 April 2000 | by aromatic-2See all my reviews

Judy Davis, as Sybylla Melvin, struggles with the conflicts that we all have between ambition, family, love, and guilt in a most remarkable manner. Sybylla grows to understand that life is a series of trade-offs, and that no one can have it all, and that no one can please everyone. Simple yet universal themes told with charm, wit, and a vulnerability that allows us to get right inside of her character and to understand her --- up to a point that is, a career is vital but I don't believe I'd have the strength to pass up Sam Neill under any circumstances, especially as cute as he is in this movie. In fact, all the acting is great, and the cinematography is breathtaking. Gillian Armstrong has been my idol ever since she made this magnificent film. I give it a 10.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1979 (Australia) See more »

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Budget:

AUD800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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