My Brilliant Career (1979)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

Australia, 1979.  Greater Union Organisation, Margaret Fink Productions, New South Wales Film Corp..  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1980.  Cannes Film Festival 1979.  Golden Globe Awards 1980.  

Gillian Armstrong should have simply titled her debut My Brilliant Film. It stars a young and fresh Judy Davis as a rebellious Australian woman who shuns convention when she refuses to marry the eligible bachelor that her family has selected for her. Instead, she decides she wants to remain independent and become a successful writer, even after she realizes that she has grown fond of her grandmother’s neighbour () and falls in love with him. Armstrong’s pacing is perfectly timed and never for a moment loses a sense of balance, while the excellent performances and pristine screenplay flesh out the inner lives of the characters and make for extremely compelling viewing.

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