My Brilliant Career

Director: Gillian Armstrong
Year Released: 1979
Rating: 2.0

Firebrand (Judy Davis) with a desire to avoid marriage and focus on her art gets momentarily sidetracked by a rich suitor (Sam Neill) - she associates taking a husband with losing her freedom. While taking the low-key approach can very often be an asset, this is often too impassive, going more for mood than character - also, Davis' character is more or less your typical 'hellraiser' (although in a late 19th century kind-of way), flicking her fingers at the upturned noses of the priggish and proper, dancing with the peasants (!) and getting involved in pillow fights (!!). There is certainly good chemistry between Davis and Neill, however, which makes up for the underdeveloped script.