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My Brilliant Career is an adaptation of one of the most prominent titles in Australian feminist history, 'My Brilliant Career', written by the successful and celebrated feminist author Miles Franklin in 1909. The movie has charmed audiences all over the world. It is a quintessential gem in the history of Australian cinema, as well as a landmark for feminist cinema internationally.

It tells the tale of Sybylla Melvyn (played by the outstanding Judy Davis), a headstrong woman determined to live a life of her dreams while being stifled by society's pre-ordained roles and expectations. She dreams of starting a career as a writer while working on the farm she's grown up in, providing for her alcoholic father and younger sister. Unhappy in her situation, she is temporarily rescued by being taken to work for her grandmother, where life is easier and less hectic. It's here where she meets a potential wealthy suitor in Harold Beecham (played by Sam Neill), where he falls in love and presents his hand in marriage.

Sybylla Melvyn has to choose between her personal desires of becoming a writer and the comforts of a wealthy life, and the ensuing conflicts provide the story with its narrative.

| 1979 | 1 hr 40 min | 7.1/10
Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes, Robert Grubb
Gillian Armstrong
Produced By
Margaret Fink

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