Gillian Armstrong: Popular, Sensual & Ethical Cinema

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A commercially successful Australian director of over eighteen feature films and documentaries, including My Brilliant Career (1979), Gillian Armstrong is an early, notable example of a woman director connecting with mass audiences. Armstrong's films are unique in their aesthetic expression and in the ethical relationships that they depict, framed through the language of gender inclusivity and due in part to her foregrounding of original, complex and nuanced female characters. This important book fills a gap in the literature on women screen practitioners and is a long overdue response to demands for new insight into the work of this significant director.

The book explores how Armstrong's films re-work conventions about literary adaptation, biography and realist storytelling

- Examines Armstrong's work in light of new media scholarship and philosophies, including feminist cinematic ethics
- Situates Armstrong's achievements in the context of Australian film policies and history
- Provides an examination of never-before-studied elements, including Armstrong's short films
- Includes a never-before-utilised oral history project with Armstrong
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages189
ISBN (Electronic)9781474434331, 9781474434348
ISBN (Print)9781474440516, 9781474434324
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series



  • Ethical Cinema
  • Popular
  • Sensual


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