NFSA Restores My Brilliant Career

12 March
Location informationArc Cinema
Event cost$15/$13

Presenting the new NFSA restoration of director Gillian Armstrong's iconic debut feature film. Session will include filmmaker Q&A.

My Brilliant Career introduced two startling new talents to the Australian public (Gillian Armstrong and Judy Davis) … The timing was perfect, as was the choice of subject. Miles Franklin’s semi-autobiographical novel, published in Edinburgh in 1901, was a groundbreaking feminist text from an earlier era that perfectly dramatised the concerns of many women in the late 1970s. The period setting only served to underline the idea that the dilemmas had not changed that much for modern women. Career or marriage was still a difficult choice, and Sybylla Melvyn presented a powerful role model – a feminist warrior, in the same year that produced a masculine fantasy in the road warrior, Mad Max … The film remains one of the high points of the 'new wave’ of Australian cinema in the 1970s and a leading influence on women who followed in film in the ‘80s and ‘90s.’ – Paul Byrnes, australianscreen.


See more events in Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits program.

On-set photography from the film My Brilliant Career features in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, 10 November 2017 to 4 March 2018.