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My Brilliant Career

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In Brief: The 1970s — especially the latter half — seemed to be the time when the world at large was shocked to discover that Australia made movies, too. This was in large part due to two very different filmmakers, Peter Weir and George Miller, but the interest they generated also led to films like this small-scale effort from Gillian Armstrong. Made in 1979, My Brilliant Career would now seem noteworthy if only for the fact that it introduced Judy Davis to the filmgoing world. From then through the mid-‘90s, it seemed impossible to find any filmmaker of note who hadn’t worked with her. It’s a fairly genial film, rather leisurely paced, that’s content to let its story be a little unorthodox without pushing its theme too hard. Definitely worth a look for the young Davis and the gorgeous cinematography. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on July 25, 2007.
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Genre: Drama
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Starring: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes, Robert Grubb, Max Cullen
Rated: G

The Hendersonville Film Society will show My Brilliant Career on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

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About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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