My Brilliant Career Movie Review 1979

Information and Film Reviews for My Brilliant Career the Movie

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Sybella (Davis) is a poor, headstrong young woman spurns the social expectations of turn-of-the-century Australia and pursues opportunities to broaden her intellect and preserve her independence. This despite the fact that she loves Harry (Neill), a handsome, wealthy farmer. Davis is wonderful as the energetic and charismatic community trendsetter, especially in the scenes transforming her from a tomboy to a "lady." Has an excellent supporting cast. Based on an autobiographical novel by Miles Franklin which has been marvelously transferred to the screen. Armstrong deserves credit for her fine direction.


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Available on VHS
Running time 101 minutes.
Originally from Australian.

Cast and Crew

Down Under, Women, War Between the Sexes, Coming of Age, Writers
Eleanor Witcombe
Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes, Robert Grubb, Patricia Kennedy, Aileen Britton, Peter Whitford, Alan Hopgood, Julia Blake
Donald McAlpine
Gillian Armstrong
Nathan Waks
Analysis Film Releasing Corporation


Australian Film Inst. 1979: Film; British Acad. 1980: Actress (Davis).

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