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Both actress Judy Davis and director Gillian Armstrong made a big splash on the international scene with this charming Australian film that examines late 19th century Australian society from the perspective of a headstrong woman who refuses to follow convention. The film charts the developing self-awareness of Sybylla Melvyn (Judy Davis) as she grows from an insecure tomboy to a self-assured woman. Sybylla wants to be a writer and stuns her family and friends by her insistence on following her dream. Despite the objections of her family acquaintances, she rejects the marriage proposal from the rich Harry Beecham (Sam Neill) to continue going her own way, in spite of the odds stacked against her in a repressive Victorian environment. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anna Senior Best Costume Design 1980 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Judy Davis Best Actress 1980 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Judy Davis Most Promising Newcomer 1980 Winner

Cast

Judy Davis
as Sybylla Melvyn
Sam Neill
as Harry Beecham
Wendy Hughes
as Aunt Helen
Robert Grubb
as Frank Hawdon
Patricia Kennedy
as Aunt Gussie
Max Cullen
as Mr. McSwat
Aileen Britton
as Grandma Bossier
Max Meldrum
as Mr. Harris
Robert Austin
as Willie McSwat
Julia Blake
as Mother
Simone Buchanan
as Mary Anne McSwat
Aaron Corrin
as Jimmy McSwat
Sharon Crouch
as Sarah McSwat
David Franklin
as Horace
Alan Hopgood
as Father
Ray Meagher
as Mailman
Tina Robinson
as Lizer McSwat
Suzanne Roylance
as Biddy
Carole Skinner
as Mrs. McSwat
Mark Spain
as Tommy McSwat
Peter Whitford
as Uncle Julius
Julia Blake
as Mother
Aaron Corrin
as Jimmy McSwat
Mark Spain
as Tommy McSwat
Aileen Britton
as Grandma Bossier
Carole Skinner
as Mrs. McSwat
Robert Austin
as Willie McSwat
Sharon Crouch
as Sarah McSwat
Ray Meagher
as Mailman
Suzanne Roylance
as Biddy
Max Meldrum
as Mr. Harris
Simone Buchanan
as Mary Anne McSwat
Tina Robinson
as Lizer McSwat
David Franklin
as Horace
Alan Hopgood
as Father

Crew

Gillian Armstrong
Director
Margaret Fink
Producer
Eleanor Witcombe
Screenwriter
Miles Franklin
Book Author
Donald M. McAlpine
Cinematographer
Nathan Waks
Composer (Music Score)
Nicholas Beauman
Editor
Luciana Arrighi
Production Designer
Jane Scott
Associate Producer
Anna Senior
Costume Designer
Jane Scott
Production Supervisor
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