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My Brilliant Career [DVD] [1979]


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  • Actors: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes, Robert Grubb, Max Cullen
  • Directors: Gillian Armstrong
  • Writers: Eleanor Witcombe, Miles Franklin
  • Producers: Jane Scott, Margaret Fink
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Widescreen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009P9OE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,213 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Academy Award-nominated drama by Australian director Gillian Armstrong, telling the turbulent story of one woman's fight for independence. Sybylla Melvyn (Judy Davis) is the eldest daughter of an impoverished New South Wales farming family. Bold and determined, she dreams of succeeding as an acclaimed writer. But in a time of sexist ignorance and bigotry, Sybylla has frequent clashes with procrustean conformists - though it turns out to be her love for the dashing Harry Beacham (Sam Neill) that truly tests her desire to succeed as a writer. As events twist and turn, Sybylla is painfully forced to realise the emotional cost of putting her career before love.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 July 2004
Format: DVD
What a wonderful film this is- out on DVD at last - if you haven't seen it - you are in for a treat. The story of the feisty and talented Syblla Melvyn(Judy Davis), stuck on a impoverished farm in 1900 outback Australia- her dreams of fame, her clashes with established mores, her heart breaking romance with the the wealthy and handsome Harry Beecham (Sam Neill) - are beautifully captured. Every thing about this film is as good as I remembered it - every scene is taut and clear- screenplay the score is evocative and memorable, the lush and beautiful settings, the excellent acting, especially Judy Davis and Sam Neill, would appeal to anyone who loves period films, getting of wisdom type films, just about anyone. A wonderful screen play by Eleanor Whitcombe brought to life by the director Gillian Armstrong
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 April 2011
Format: DVD
Spoiler alert! I discuss the ending in these comments. Proceed
at your own risk!

A lovely, beautifully acted first feature that launched both Judy
Davis, who is amazing in this, and director Gillian Armstrong.

Its lost a little something revisiting it after all these years. While
it's feminist ideals are inspiring and handled with complexity, there's
a certain lack of emotion to it. We don't really get the deep
bitter-sweetness of choosing loneliness over loss of self.

Also, that the film forces that choice at all seems a bit disingenuous.
Nothing about Sam Neil's character suggests he would repress our
heroine - indeed he clearly loves her for the free spirit she is. To
really have her need to make an either/or decision 'work' we'd need to
go further into their relationship and her psychology.

Last, a number of the supporting roles tend towards clichés about both
the upper and lower class. And that oversimplifying takes something
away from the complex character Davis builds.

But all that said, there are beautiful images and magical moments. It
just didn't quite hold up to my memories of first seeing it 30 years
ago. But if you've never seen it, you still certainly should.
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When I first saw this film in Harvard Square in Cambridge Massachusetts when it first came out, it had such impact on me as a young woman setting out. It has remained my favourite film throughout my life. All about choices we need to make. If you loved Fried Green Tomatoes, you will love this film. A great "girls night" film.
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By Grahame on 14 July 2011
Format: DVD
This is a gentle coming of age story about growing up in a small town in Australia at the turn of the 20th century. The acting is superb and very well considered; but the star of the film is the stunning cinematography that really shows the vast beauty of Australia. Wonderful.
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By M. Sear on 13 April 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Searched for years (literally) to find this. Found it. Love it. Quite an odd movie - and to be honest it is now very dated. But its an acquired taste I suppose. I like it. others will hate it.
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