Judy Davis as Sybylla

David Kynoch1979

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

My Brilliant Career (1979) directed by Gillian Armstrong

My Brilliant Career producer Margaret Fink made an inspired decision to appoint emerging director Gillian Armstrong, who in turn cast Judy Davis, freshly graduated from NIDA, as the film's heroine. Bursting onto the world stage to an overwhelmingly enthusiastic reception, the London Sunday Times described the film as 'A strong, confident, modern love story even though set in the 1890s. Like many recent Australian films, it speaks out with a real woman's voice – a sound rarely heard in the cinema, since the women we see are usually creations of male fantasy, wishful thinking, sentimentality or even hatred'.

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  • Title: Judy Davis as Sybylla
  • Creator: David Kynoch
  • Date Created: 1979
  • Rights: Courtesy Margaret Fink. National Film and Sound Archive of Australia