My Brilliant Career (1979) short review

Such a fabulous movie based on a fabulous book.  Judy Davis plays Sybylla Melvyn, a literate tomboy growing up in the Australian outback who yearns for much more.  Sam Neill is the landowner who falls in love with her, and Sybylla is forced to choose between a life of conventional values or independence.  Just such a moving, wonderful movie.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.