My Brilliant Career

Gill(ian) Armstrong’s breakthrough feature does a leapfrog over stories like Little Women, with heroines that prevail even when adhering to the Meek Sex role of their time. Judy Davis’s Sybylla Melvin knows that she’s a freckle-faced pain in the neck: despite being proud that she’s attracted the local male catch, her every sinew is committed to her goal of artistic expression and self-fulfillment. The setting is the turn-of-the-century Australian Outback but the story is universal. Sam Neill suffers through the best ‘thankless’ romantic role ever.

My Brilliant Career


The Criterion Collection 973

1979 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 100 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date April 30, 2019 / 39.95

Starring: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes, Robert Grubb, Aileen Britton, Patricia Kennedy.

Cinematography: Donald McAlpine

Production Designer: Luciana Arrighi

Film Editor: Nicholas Beauman

Original Music: Nathan Waks

Written by Eleanor Witcombe from the novel by Miles Franklin

Produced by Margaret Fink
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