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My Brilliant Career

This Australian film is a charming look [from the book by Miles Franklin] at 19th-century rural days in general and the stirrings of self-realization and feminine liberation in the persona of a headstrong young girl who wants to go her own way.

With:
Judy Davis Sam Neill Wendy Hughes Robert Grubb Pat Kennedy Max Cullen

This Australian film is a charming look [from the book by Miles Franklin] at 19th-century rural days in general and the stirrings of self-realization and feminine liberation in the persona of a headstrong young girl who wants to go her own way.

Judy Davis is fine as an ugly duckling who blossoms into an independent writer and refuses to give into the ritual and place reserved for women at the time which was, namely, marriage.

She resists marriage to write her book and go on with her own life. Perhaps the last part of her servitude with the farmer and his family is forced. But there is a rightness in tone in delving into the hidebound society and early flaunting of its taboos by an engaging girl.

1980: Nomination: Best Costume Design

My Brilliant Career

Australia

Production: New South Wales/ GUO. Director Gillian Armstrong; Producer Margaret Fink; Screenplay Eleanor Witcombe; Camera Don McAlpine; Editor Nick Beauman; Music Nathan Waks; Art Director Luciana Arrighi

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1979. Running time: 98 MIN.

With: Judy Davis Sam Neill Wendy Hughes Robert Grubb Pat Kennedy Max Cullen

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