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Winner of Six Australian Academy Awards, Including Best Picture and Best Director.
Exquisite 2-Disc Special Edition
This is the film that became a worldwide sensation and remains perhaps the most beloved and acclaimed romantic epic of all time. Oscar -nominee Judy Davis (Passage To India, Husbands and Wives) made her international debut as Sybylla Melvyn, a free spirited young writer who refues to conform to society's expectations of how a 'proper woman' should live her life. Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, The Piano) co-stars as the wealthy suitor who tries to win her restless heart in this Oscar nominated classic by Gillian Armstrong (Little Women, Starstruck). Long unavailable in America, My Brilliant Career has been fully restored and remastered in High Definition from the original negative, under the supervision of Academy Award nominated Director of Photography Donald McAlpine.
The acclaimed debut of Judy Davis is the best reason to see My Brilliant Career, and the award-winning film is highly recommended as the feature debut of director Gillian Armstrong. This was an early entry in the magnificent "New Australian Cinema" movement that yielded such classics as Picnic at Hanging Rock, Gallipoli, and Breaker Morant, and 27-year-old Armstrong (who would later direct the popular 1994 version of Little Women) brought just the right feminist touch to this stately adaptation of the 1901 semi-autobiographical novel by Miles Franklin. Davis (who was 23 at the time) plays 16-year-old Sybylla Melvyn, on the verge of womanhood in turn-of-the-century Australia and determined to have a "brilliant career" as an independent writer and lover of life, but her attraction to a wealthy bachelor (Sam Neill, charming as always), and the pressures of her family to lead a conventional life of devoted domesticity, turn this into a romantic and highly observant drama of personal dilemma and free-spirited conviction. It's no surprise that Davis and Armstrong went on to brilliant careers themselves (Davis starred in David Lean's A Passage to India just a few years later). --Jeff ShannonSee all Editorial Reviews
I was disappointed by Gillian Armstrong's movie "Charlotte Gray," a romantic thriller that never quite lived up to its promise, despite a strong cast. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stanley Crowe
An excellent movie based on a true story about a woman who refuses to be defined by her culture and time.Published 5 months ago by k. whipplesnapper
Adored this film when it first showed on my movie channel way back in the 80's, and have been waiting to see it again! DVD version is very good. Not disappointed!Published 5 months ago by C.Buck
I just LOVE this movie! The characters are so deep and the acting is brilliant. If you haven't seen it....watch it!Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth L. Marsh
Still a stunning movie and DVD in great shape and arrived fast. Interviews with the director and producer as extras very interesting additions. Read morePublished 11 months ago by nonnie
A delightful bio-pic of a young Ausrtalian girl who works very hard to achieve a life of her own.Published 13 months ago by Stephen Addiss
Must a woman forfeit a devoted relationship with a good man if she also is devoted to developing her career? Read morePublished 14 months ago by NCTH
I loved this movie when it was first released, and seeing it again many years later, it's still one of my favorites. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Laura in Kansas