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form y separately published work icon My Brilliant Career single work   film/TV  
Adaptation of My Brilliant Career Miles Franklin , 1901 single work novel
Issue Details: First known date: 1979... 1979 My Brilliant Career
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Based on the book by Miles Franklin, this feature film tells the story of an Australian country girl who, at the end of the nineteenth century, wants to make her own way in the outside world.

Rejecting an offer of marriage from a wealthy suitor (who is also her childhood friend), she instead finds herself obligated to work off her father's debt to a neighbouring family, for whom she works as governess and housekeeper. Returning home, she again rejects her suitor's proposal, this time in favour of writing a novel based on her experiences.

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Form: screenplay

Works about this Work

Pioneering Australian Women Filmmakers : Introduction Eloise Ross , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Senses of Cinema , June vol. 83 no. 2017;
Straight to the Pool Room : Top 10 Films about the Australian Dream Luke Buckmaster , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 25 April 2016;
'The housing market may not sound like the most stimulating territory for a story, but it has been the basis of some of Australia’s greatest films'
10 Best Australian Films Made by First-time Directors Luke Buckmaster , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 2 March 2016;
Great Australian Directorial Debuts Erin Free , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 14 March 2016;
Her Brilliant Career Vicky Roach , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 October 2015; (p. 16)
Untitled Toby Miller , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 22 1993; (p. 138-140)

— Review of My Brilliant Career Eleanor Witcombe , 1979 single work film/TV ; Proof Jocelyn Moorhouse , 1991 single work film/TV
My Brilliant Career : Rewatching Classic Australian Films Luke Buckmaster , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 28 February 2014;

— Review of My Brilliant Career Eleanor Witcombe , 1979 single work film/TV
Fade to Black and Blue Garry Maddox , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14 May 2007; (p. 13)
Discusses the feud between the producer and director over My Brilliant Career and admits that this is not the first bad blood in the Australian Film Industry.
Armstrong's Peers Acknowledge Her Brilliant Career Rosalie Higson , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 11 May 2006; (p. 3)
Book Versus Film : My Brilliant Career Lucy Sussex , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 4 July 2010; (p. 20)
Tripping on the Light Fantastic : A Bit of a Look at Australian Film Adrian Mitchell , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sydney Studies in English , vol. 23 no. 1997;
'In the beginning is the word: there has to be a script. But even before a word is said there's light, and camera, and action. Films are before all else about light, and about what can be realised through light. That pre-eminence of light was acknowledged in the old-time movie theatres, in the custom, now regrettably lapsed, of having the projection illuminating the screen before the curtains were drawn open, so that the promised world of light could be glimpsed before revelation, symbolically seen through a veil which then parted — and behold, a new heaven and a new earth. Those who arrived late, after the houselights had gone down, followed their own little subdued pool of light, the usherette's torch, down the carpeted aisles.' (Author's abstract)
Cinematographer in the Frame for Highest Honour Adam Fulton , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23 November 2011; (p. 11)


1980 Sammy Award Best Writer Feature Film
1979 winner Australian Film Institute Awards Best Screenplay Adapted from Another Source
1979 nominated Festival de Cannes Palme d'Or
Last amended 30 Aug 2017 11:45:01
  • Monaro, Cooma area, Cooma - Snowy - Bombala area, Southeastern NSW, New South Wales,
  • 1890s
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