Brilliant Lies (1996)

Brilliant Lies (1996)

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It begins as a seemingly cut and dried case of sexual harassment, but the more the conciliator assigned to the case investigates, the more obvious it becomes that either or both side is lying. Based on the premise that survival and success in the '90s is largely based on one's ability to lie brilliantly, the Australian drama follows the ins and outs of a very complex case that begins when recently fired Susy Connor files a formal complaint with the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal about an alleged incident in which her employer Gary Fitzgerald grabbed her breasts, whispered suggestive things in her ear and showed her his genitals while working late one night. The married Fitzgerald calls her a liar. Marion is called in to mediate and find the truth. Both parties have creditable character witnesses, and at the same time, both have gaping holes in their stories. Susy's witness is her sister Katie, whom she claims she told all about the upsetting incident. Unfortunately, Susy never said a word and still expects Katie to lie. On the other hand, Gary's witness Vince, his partner, knows that his friend is a notorious womanizer and strongly suspects that Susy tells the truth. Susy, herself, with her sexy dressing, provocative ways and her openness about an active sex-life has the advantage of being a woman as Gary is famed for his macho posturing around the office (a trait that in the hyper-sensitive '90s automatically makes him guilty of lechery).
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R
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Drama
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Australian Film Finance Corporation

Cast

Gia Carides
as Susy Connor
Anthony LaPaglia
as Gary Fitzgerald
Zoe Carides
as Katie Connor
Ray Barrett
as Brian Connor
Michael Veitch
as Paul Connor
Grant Tilly
as Lovett
Beverley Dunn
as President
Brad Lindsay
as Registrar
Barry Friedlander
as Mr. Buxton
Iain Murton
as Mr. Hall
Tim Elston
as Young Brian
Nathalie Gauchi
as Young Katy
Emily-Jane Romig
as Young Susy
Daniel Holten
as Young Paul
Lisa Aldenhoven
as Stephanie Fitzgerald
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Critic Reviews for Brilliant Lies

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Audience Reviews for Brilliant Lies

It?s a fascinating idea, showing both sides of a sexual discrimination lawsuit, and what makes it work is that it isn?t a black and white case and their appear to be lies and truths on both sides. It holds your interest because it has aroused your curiosity about what the outcome will be. It doesn't always deliver, but at least it held my interest and got me thinking. Good performances by all, Anthony LaPaglia stands out.

James Higgins
James Higgins

60/100. It's a fascinating idea, showing both sides of a sexual discrimination lawsuit, and what makes it work is that it isn't a black and white case and their appear to be lies and truths on both sides. It holds your interest because it has aroused your curiosity about what the outcome will be. It doesn't always deliver, but at least it held my interest and got me thinking. Good performances by all, Anthony LaPaglia stands out.

James Higgins
James Higgins

Suzy Connor (Gia Carides) is accusing her boss Gary Fitzgerald (LaPaglia) of sexual harrasment. Although Gary has had a few indiscretions in the past, he flatly denies the claims and is backed up by his boss, Vince (Melville). However, unless the company pay what Suzy is demanding, it will go to court and that is something that Fitzgerald cannot allow happen. Willing to settle out-of-court, he scoffs at her $40,000 demands and the pair go head-to-head to find out who is lying and who is telling the truth. "Brilliant Lies" plays out like a stage play, heavy on characterisation and pretty much straight to the point. We see the main protagonists painted both black and white. We see Suzy as both the abused woman, and the drug-taking party girl. Gary is the suave womaniser and also a convincing protester of his innocence. On the periphary are chacters that are just as important to the story. Vince seems to be standing by Gary's side but Gary suspects that Vince does not believe him. Suzy's feminist sister, Zoe, wants to believe her but refuses to lie for her. Both sisters are traumitised by their abusive father, Brian (Ray Barrett), and made feel guilty for their dislike for him by their brother, Paul (Michael Veitch), who is unaware of the abuse. In the middle of it all is the tribunal mediator, Marion Lee (Wilkin), who must balance the claims of each party. The screenplay is not over-brimming with wonderful wit or insight, but it is competent. The two best known actors here are unsurprisingly the main two characters, but the support cast are by no means put to shame. While Zoe Carides and Michael Veitch give somewhat empty performances, Catherine Wilkin excels as the middle-person while Neil Melville is equally adept at portraying the business associate of LaPaglia. Special mention goes to Ray Barrett whose portrayal of failed businessman and groping father, Brian Connor, is so seedy and yet hilarious, that against your best wishes you can't help but make him the man you love to hate. By no means an authority on the subject, "Brilliant Lies" is however a watchable and entertaining look at the battle of the sexes.

Graham Lacey
Graham Lacey

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