My Brilliant Career
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Both actress Judy Davis and director Gillian Armstrong made a big splash on the international scene with this charming Australian film that examines late 19th century Australian society from the perspective of a headstrong woman who refuses to follow convention. The film charts the developing self-awareness of Sybylla Melvyn (Judy Davis) as she grows from an insecure tomboy to a self-assured woman. Sybylla wants to be a writer and stuns her family and friends by her insistence on following her dream. Despite the objections of her family acquaintances, she rejects the marriage proposal from the… More

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"This charming coming of age Australian film marks the debuts of two talented women: Director Gillian Armstrong and actress Judy Davis."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"My Brilliant Career is a near perfect film exploring the efforts of an independent-minded farm girl to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A seminal part of Australian cinema, made at the end of the 70s, when local filmmaking was no longer just a wild dream; in some ways we can see a symbolic metaphor for Australia itself in the story of strong willed Sybylla aspiring to be heard"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"A remarkably assured -- and unfailingly attractive looking -- look at the life of a young woman in 1897 Australia."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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