NFSA Restores: My Brilliant Career + Q&A

13 March
Location informationArc Cinema
Event cost$12 / $10

See the NFSA Restores digital restoration of the film based on Miles Franklin’s semi-autobiographical novel of the same name. 

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with costume designer Anna Senior and NFSA Curator Jenny Gall. Senior was nominated for Best Costumes at the 53rd Academy Awards for her work on My Brilliant Career, and will present some of her pieces from from the film during the talk.

My Brilliant Career had an unusually strong female team for the time it was made – including director Gillian Armstrong, producer Margaret Fink, lead actress Judy Davis, production designer Luciana Arrighi and costume designer Anna Senior. 

During the drought of 1898, Sybylla Melvyn (Judy Davis) dreams of escaping the drudgery of farm life for a career as a writer. She meets a well-to-do grazier, Harry Beecham (Sam Neill), and must decide if love will interrupt her plans for a brilliant career. 

My Brilliant Career brought worldwide attention to Judy Davis, Sam Neill and Gillian Armstrong. It won 2 BAFTA awards and 6 Australian Film Awards and was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.  

My Brilliant Career marks the beginning of exactly that for both the film's daring, assured, high-spirited Australian director, Gillian Armstrong, and its rambunctious young star’ – The New York Times 

‘It's hard to imagine a film filled with more quiet integrity, intelligent passion, realistic drama and genuine entertainment than Gillian Armstrong's My Brilliant Career’ – The Boston Globe 



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