Gillian Armstrong

My Brilliant Career

My Brilliant Career

For her award-winning breakthrough film, director Gillian Armstrong drew on teenage author Miles Franklin’s novel, a celebrated turn-of-the-twentieth-century Australian coming-of-age story, to brashly upend the conventions of period romance. Headstrong young Sybylla Melvyn (Judy Davis, in a star-making performance), bemoans her stifling life in the backcountry, where her writerly ambitions receive little encouragement, and craves independence above all else. When a handsome landowner (Sam Neill), disarmed by her unruly charms, begins to court her, Sybylla must decide whether she can reconcile the prospect of marriage with the illustrious life’s work she has imagined for herself. Suffused with generous humor and a youthful appetite for experience, My Brilliant Career is a luminous portrait of an ardently free spirit.

Film Info

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, approved by director Gillian Armstrong, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2009 featuring Armstrong
  • New interview with Armstrong
  • Interview from 1980 with actor Judy Davis
  • New interview with production designer Luciana Arrighi
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Carrie Rickey

New cover by F. Ron Miller

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Apr 30, 2019

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, approved by director Gillian Armstrong, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2009 featuring Armstrong
  • New interview with Armstrong
  • Interview from 1980 with actor Judy Davis
  • New interview with production designer Luciana Arrighi
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Carrie Rickey

New cover by F. Ron Miller

My Brilliant Career
Cast
Judy Davis
Sybylla Melvyn
Sam Neill
Harry Beecham
Wendy Hughes
Aunt Helen
Robert Grubb
Frank Hawdon
Max Cullen
Peter McSwatt
Aileen Britton
Grandma Bossier
Peter Whitford
Uncle Julius
Patricia Kennedy
Aunt Gussie
Credits
Director
Gillian Armstrong
Producer
Margaret Fink
Associate producer/Production supervisor
Jane Scott
Screenplay
Eleanor Witcombe
Adapted from the novel by
Miles Franklin
Director of photography
Don McAlpine
Production designer
Luciana Arrighi
Costume designer
Anna Senior
Film editor
Nicholas Beauman
Music director
Nathan Waks