My Brilliant Career


1980 | Australia | 100min | G
  • Director: Gillian Armstrong
  • Producer: Margaret Fink
  • Drama
  • Trailer


31 Jul, Saturday


Central Cinema proudly presents a festival of seven films, handpicked by, and starring, our patron Sam Neill.
Treat yourself to excellent cinema, convivial company and a festival atmosphere.

With such a long and illustrious career behind him, it was difficult to narrow down the selection, but Sam chose these movies as representing some of his best work, coupled with fond memories of the shoots and working alongside some of his favourite people.

In My Brilliant Career Gillian Armstrong directs her first feature film, a period drama that showcases some great Australian talent in Judy Davis and Wendy Hughes, complemented by a dashing young Sam Neill as the love interest.

This classic and award-winning piece of Australian cinema is an early female-centric film. Upending the norms of a period romance, larrikin Sybylla (Davis) longs for the independence to pursue a career in the arts, while Harry (Sam Neill) is the handsome suitor offering her security and love via marriage.

It’s hard to imagine a film filled with more quiet integrity, intelligent passion, realistic drama and genuine entertainment than Gillian Armstrong’s My Brilliant Career.
Michael Blowen, Boston Globe

One of the key films of the Australian New Wave of the 1970s, My Brilliant Career represented breakthroughs for both director Gillian Armstrong and star Judy Davis.
Matt Brunson, Film Frenzy