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My Brilliant Career (1979)

Sybylla Melvyn is an independent young woman who soon after arriving to live with her Grandmother Bossier and aunt Helen announces that she will never marry and plans on having a career ... See full summary »

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Aunt Helen
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Frank Hawdon
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Mr. McSwatt
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Grandma Bossier
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Uncle Julius
Patricia Kennedy ...
Aunt Gussie
Alan Hopgood ...
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Horace
Marion Shad ...
Gertie
Arron Wood ...
Stanley (as Aaron Wood)
Sue Davies ...
Aurora
Gordon Piper ...
Barman
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Sybylla Melvyn is an independent young woman who soon after arriving to live with her Grandmother Bossier and aunt Helen announces that she will never marry and plans on having a career instead. She does attracts the interest of several suitors. The bumbling Englishman Frank Hawdon has only been in Australia for three months and proposes that she return home with him as his wife. She rejects him out of hand telling her grandmother that she does not love him. Then there's her neighbor, the handsome young farmer Harry Beecham, who she is attracted to and eventually accepts his proposal. Time passes however and in the end refuses to marry him while she seeks to become a writer. Written by garykmcd

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Sometimes it is the things that bind us, that truly set us free. See more »


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17 August 1979 (Australia)  »

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AUD 800,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Second film of actress Judy Davis. High Rolling in a Hot Corvette (1977) was the first. See more »

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Sybylla: I think ugly girls should be shot at birth by their parents. It's bad enough being born a girl...but ugly and clever...
Aunt Gussie: Oh, fancy you're clever, do you?
Sybylla: I rather hope so. I'm done for if I'm not!
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Timeless Australian Classic!!!
9 September 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I just bought the Australian DVD release of My Brilliant Career. All I can say it was worth every penny.

I don't need to go into the specifics of the plot. There are plenty of comments listed on IMDb already. But the peformances, by then new and upcoming actors Judy Davis and Sam Neill, are beautifully timeless!! It's everything I'd hoped for and more. It just gets better with repeated viewings.

Made on a shoestring budget by new director Gillian Armstrong, the commentary provided by her on the recently released Australian DVD in widescreen is a real treat to listen to! You'll chuckle at the stories she tells on how cast and crew achieved what you see on screen when little or no money was left in the budget. And you'll realize how lucky and fortunate Armstrong and producer Margaret Fink were at landing Judy Davis to play Sybylla.

My Brilliant Career is currently out-of-print in the USA. Don't know why, but currently a DVD is out in Australia and the UK only. If only the Criterion Collection would select this film for a DVD release in the USA.....


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