With their father away fighting in the Civil War, Joe, Meg, Beth and Amy grow up with their mother in somewhat reduced circumstances. They are a close family who inevitably have their squabbles and tragedies. But the bond holds even when, later, men friends start to become a part of the household. The sisters put on plays that Beth writes. When Laurie and Amy come back married, Jo leaves home to become a governess. Jo meets Mr. Laurence a teacher who falls in love with her. Jo has to return home when her sister’s dying. Mr. Laurence follows her later to give her the book she wrote and he had publish for her. —Viewpoints.com
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… read more
As a 10-year-old boy, Beth's death scene practically made me cry. It still holds up over a decade later.