Judy Davis in a still from 'My Brilliant Career' (1979)
Judy Davis in a still from 'My Brilliant Career' (1979)
My Brilliant Career (1979)

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My Brilliant Career

Gillian Armstrong | Australia | | G

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Based on Miles Franklin’s semi-autobiographical 1901 novel, Gillian Armstrong’s first feature is a milestone in Australian feminist cinema.

A virtual unknown at the time, Judy Davis won a BAFTA Award for her portrayal of a headstrong, free-spirited girl who refuses to follow convention and dreams of a better life amongst the farmlands of sun-baked rural Australia. Also features Sam Neill and Wendy Hughes.

Preceded by The Roof Needs Mowing (1971). Armstrong’s breakthrough student film is a whimsical, surreal vision of everyday life and suburban boredom.

Both films courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.

Format: DCP, Colour
Language: English
Source: NFSA
Duration: 108 mins



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108 mins




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