Gillian Armstrong first garnered attention for her debut feature, MY BRILLIANT CAREER (1979), adapted from the classic novel by Miles Franklin. At the film’s release, Gillian held the distinction of being the first woman to direct a feature-length movie in Australia in almost 50 years. Her feature films and documentaries include Starstruck (1982), Mrs. Soffel (1984), High Tide (1987), The Last Days of Chez Nous (1992), Little Women (1994), Oscar and Lucinda (1997), Charlotte Gray (2001), Unfolding Florence (2006), Death Defying Acts (2007) and Love, Lust & Lies (2010).
Gillian’s most recent feature documentary on Orry-Kelly, Women He’s Undressed (2015), has been released to great acclaim. It was nominated for a 2015 AACTA Award, a 2015 AWGIE, 2016 FCCA Awards and screened at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and DOC NYC. Women He’s Undressed has also won Best Documentary at the 2015 ATOM Awards.
Gillian’s films and documentaries have screened at numerous international film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Singapore and Sundance. Her films have been nominated for Academy and Golden Globe Awards and received awards from the Australian Film Institute, the Film Critics Circle of Australia, the Houston Film Festival, Festival International de Creteil the US National Society of Film Critics, the British Critics Association and the British Academy.
Gillian was the first President of the Australian Director’s Guild, has received an AM for services to the Australian Film Industry, a Doctor of Letters from the University of NSW and the University of Sydney, and an Honorary Doctorate in Film from Swinburne University. In 2007 Gillian was awarded an ADG Outstanding Achievement Award and in 2008 the Women in Hollywood Icon Award in recognition of her contribution to the film industry.
Gillian was the recipient of the CinefestOZ 2016 Screen Legend award for her outstanding achievements as an Australian director and most recently appeared on a panel at the 2017 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity “Women in Cinema” seminar.
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