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My brilliant career

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English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes, Robert Grubb, Max Cullen, Pat Kennedy, Aileen Britton, Peter Whitford.

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Director-approved DVD special edition.


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Adapted from the novel by Miles Franklin.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1979.

Special features: New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by director Gillian Armstrong ; audio commentary from 2009 featuring Armstrong ; new interview with Armstrong ; interview from 1980 with actor Judy Davis ; new interview with production designer Luciana Arrighi ; One hundred a day (1973), a student short film by Armstrong ; trailer.

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 bemoans her stifling life in the backcountry, where her writerly ambitions receive little encouragement, and craves independence above all. When a handsome landowner 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 humour and a youthful appetite for experience, My Brilliant Career is a luminous portrait of an ardently free spirit.

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