Gillian Armstrong was 29 when she won the AFI award for best director for her debut feature My Brilliant Career, the first local film to be directed by a woman since the McDonagh sisters’ Two Minute Silence in 1933.
It was Sam Neill’s first Australian movie, produced by Margaret Fink and introducing Judy Davis.
Forty years later, how do Armstrong and Neill view the seminal film and how would each describe their journey through the screen industry?
Producer Trish Lake will pose those and other questions at a Q&A on May 18 at the Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival (Bofa) in Launceston following a 40th anniversary screening of the film.
“Apart from what she is doing currently I am interested in knowing how Gillian regards her journey as a female director since then,” says Lake. “I will talk with her about her prolific output over the years,