Portrait of Gillian Armstrong

Gillian Armstrong

Gillian Armstrong is one of Australia’s most successful directors with credits including My Brilliant Career and The Last Days of Chez Nous.

Gillian Armstrong first came to prominence for her debut feature, My Brilliant Career. At the film’s release Gillian Armstrong held the distinction of being the first woman to direct a feature-length movie in Australia in almost 50 years. Alternating between period pieces and edgy modern works, Armstrong frequently fashions stories built around strong, independent-minded women. Her feature credits include Star Struck, Mrs Soffel, High Tide, The Last Days of Chez Nous, Little Women, Oscar and Lucinda, Charlotte Gray, Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst and Death Defying Acts.

Her films and documentaries have screened at numerous international film festivals including Berlin, Singapore, Sundance and Cannes. Gillian has 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. Love, Lust and Lies is the fifth installment in the series of documentaries which follows the lives of Kerry, Diana and Josie and was released in May 2010. Gillian has received an AM for services to the Australian Film Industry, a Doctor of Letters from the University of NSW, an Honorary Doctorate in Film from Swinburne University and the Hollywood Crystal Award for Women in Film.