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Gillian Armstrong

Highest Rated:   92% Women He's Undressed (2016)
Lowest Rated:   33% Charlotte Gray (2002)
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Birthplace:   Melbourne, Australia
A technical theatre student at Swinburne College, Gillian Armstrong studied filmmaking at the Melbourne and Australian Film and Television School, paying her tuition by working as a waitress. She functioned in several secondary technical capacities in the Australian film industry, then she made her mainstream directorial bow with the 1977 short The Singer and the Dancer, a soft-pedaled feminist tract which won an award at the Sydney Festival. Her first feature was My Brilliant Career (1979), which combined a modern sensibility concerning male/female relationships with the glossy romanticism of a 19th-century novel. Featuring a star-making turn by Judy Davis, My Brilliant Career garnered seven Australian Film Institute awards, firmly securing Armstrong's reputation and future in her native country. Armstrong's next major feature, the American-financed Mrs. Soffel (1984), starred Diane Keaton and Mel Gibson. The real-life tale of a scandalous love affair between a prison warden's wife and a prisoner, it was moderately well-received. After directing two concert documentaries, Armstrong returned to Australia to make High Tide (1987), a drama about a woman (Judy Davis) struggling to reconcile herself with both her past and the daughter she abandoned at birth. Both that film and Armstrong's next major feature, the critically-acclaimed The Last Days of Chez Nous (1992), went largely unknown outside of her native country. It was with her 1994 adaptation of Little Women that Armstrong earned a substantial degree of international recognition; featuring strong performances by the likes of Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, and Claire Danes, the film became one of the most popular of the year. Armstrong followed this success three years later with Oscar and Lucinda, an adaptation of the Peter Carey novel of the same name. Starring Ralph Fiennes and a then-relatively unknown Cate Blanchett as two misfits who fall in love in 19th-century Australia, the film was a model of strong production values and stellar performances, but received a mixed reception on both sides of the Pacific.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
82% David Stratton: A Cinematic Life
  • Actor
2017
92% Women He's Undressed
  • Director
2016
No Score Yet Bingo, Bridesmaids & Braces
  • Director
  • Producer
2012
No Score Yet The Singer And The Dancer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2011
No Score Yet Love, Lust & Lies
  • Director
2009
44% Death Defying Acts
  • Director
2008
No Score Yet Unfolding Florence
  • Director
2005
33% Charlotte Gray
  • Director
2002
66% Oscar and Lucinda
  • Director
1997
90% Little Women
  • Director
1994
No Score Yet Fires Within
  • Director
1991
91% The Last Days of Chez Nous
  • Director
1991
88% High Tide
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet Hard to Handle - Bob Dylan With Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Fourteen's Good, Eighteen's Better
  • Director
1985
40% Mrs. Soffel
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet Starstruck
  • Director
1982
81% My Brilliant Career
  • Director
1979
No Score Yet Not Fourteen Again
  • Director
No Score Yet Smokes And Lollies
  • Director

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