“My Brilliant Career...is a powerful rumination on atavistic Australia, sexism and classism, and a sensitive portrait of a woman destined to think outside the box.”
Special event: Gillian Armstrong in conversation
We are thrilled to present director Gillian Armstrong and editor Nicholas Beauman in conversation with film writer Philippa Hawker after our Thursday 26 July screening of My Brilliant Career at 6.30pm.
Set in late 19th century rural Australia, My Brilliant Career follows a headstrong woman determined to be a writer, who refuses to follow conventions.
Showered with accolades, Gillian Armstrong’s 1979 film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, an Oscar and a Golden Globe award. It received two BAFTAs and six AFI Awards (Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design and Best Cinematography).
Predating Frances McDormand’s ‘Inclusion Rider’ speech by several decades, the film’s director, producers, scriptwriter, leading actor, production designer and costume designer were all women. Nearly 40 years on, Armstrong’s film has lost none of its relevance or screen power.