"My Brilliant Career"
Directed by Gillian Armstrong
A modern classic, the film that introduced director
Gillian Armstrong to an international audience also marked the high-water
mark of the new Australian cinema. Judy Davis stars a Sybylla Melvyn, the
eldest daughter of an impoverished farming family in 19th century Australia.
Stifled by sexism, bigotry, and societal pressures--but never by
self-doubt--Armstrong's feminist protagonist spurns marriage proposals and
other conformities to realize her dream of becoming a writer. Nominated for
the Palm D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival (1979). 101 minutes.