Director’s dinner sparks old rivalry

'Brilliant' director, producer holding grudges

SYDNEY — A 28-year-old feud between the director and producer of “My Brilliant Career,” which launched the careers of Judy Davis and Sam Neill, flared up at the annual dinner of the Australian Directors’ Guild on Sydney Harbour, May 11.

“Brilliant” helmer Gillian Armstrong, who was feted with the outstanding achievement award, used her speech to chide producer Margaret Fink, for not

permitting the ADG to screen the pic the previous night.

In the press in following days, Fink, who received a lifetime achievement trophy at the Film Ink awards earlier in the week, unleashed a vicious attack saying Armstrong had “a hide” to claim credit for the film.

Fink has for years simmered with anger about how “Brilliant” launched Armstrong’s career, while her own career floundered.

Stoush overshadowed an hilariously droll speech from thesp Colin Friels and other honorees, helmers Peter Andrikidis and Donald Crombie. ADG also used

the platform to retire its former moniker, the Australian Screen Directors’ Association.

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