The oldest child of a poor Australian ranch family (Judy Davis) has aspirations of artistic greatness. However, she finds that she must choose between her dream and her less-than-perfect love affair with Harry (Sam Neill). Based on the autobiographical novel by Miles Franklin, the film was nominated for best costume design.
Australian actress Judy Davis's auspicious film debut is the biographical story about a turn-of-the-century woman, born to a life of hardship, who dreams of making a career on her own without benefit of marriage, as an independent author.
Film debut for Australian actress Judy Davis. The autobiography "My Brilliant Career" was published in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1901. Additional cast at Possum Gully: Marion Shad (Gertie), Sue Davies (Aurora), Arron Wood (Stanley), Gordon Piper (Barman), and James Moss (Pub Drinker). Additional cast at Caddagat: Bill Charlton (Joe), Suzanne Roylance (Biddy), Zelda Smyth (Ethel), and Bobbie Ward (Mrs. Butler). Additional cast at Five Bob Downs: Amanda Pratt (Blanche Derrick), Dorothy St. Heaps (Mrs. Derrick), Gerry Duggan (Squatter), and Babs McMillan (Miss Benson). Additional cast at The McSwats: Carole Skinner (Mrs. McSwat), Tony Hughes (Peter), Tina Robinson (Lizer), Aaron Corrin (Jimmy), Sharon Crouch (Sarah), Robert Austin (Willie), Mark Spain (Tommy), and Kathleen Percival (Baby). Copyright 1979 Margaret Fink Films Pty. Ltd, Sydney, Australia.
"MY BRILLIANT CAREER marks the beginning of exactly that for both film's daring, assured, high-spirited Australian director, Gillian Armstrong, and its rambunctious young star [Judy Davis]..." - 10/06/1979 New York Times, p.13
"Strength. That's what Judy Davis embodies..." - 06/03/2005 Entertainment Weekly, p.71
"It was among the most significant art-house successes of the era..." - 06/10/2005 USA Today, p.6E