WorldCat Identities

Armstrong, Gillian 1950-

Works: 121 works in 475 publications in 8 languages and 7,418 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Historical films  Coming-of-age films  War films  Romance films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Documentary films  Rock films 
Roles: Director, Author, Editor, Performer, Producer, Narrator, Photographer, fmd, Other, Restager , Film editor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Gillian Armstrong
Little women by Louisa May Alcott( Visual )

51 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 3,201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louisa May Alcott's classic coming-of-age story follows the childhood adventures of the four free-spirited March sisters and their family's struggles during the Civil War
My brilliant career by Gillian Armstrong( Visual )

49 editions published between 1979 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 922 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sybylla Melvyn struggles with the conflicts that we all have between ambition, family, love, and guilt in a most remarkable manner. Sybylla grows to understand that life is a series of trade-offs, and that no one can have it all, and that no one can please everyone. Simple yet universal themes told with charm, wit, and a vulnerability that allows us to get right inside of her character and to understand her."--Internet Movie Database
Charlotte Gray by Gillian Armstrong( Visual )

22 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in 6 languages and held by 691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's World War II and Charlotte has been trained to be an undercover courier for England. She straps on a parachute and falls from the sky into Vichy France. There she will assist the French Resistance in its defiance of Nazi occupation. Once behind enemy lines, she keeps secret her personal mission to find her lover, an RAF pilot downed over France
Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey( Visual )

45 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oscar is an Anglican priest who gambles discreetly and donates his winnings to help the poor. Lucinda is an Australian businesswoman who boldly defies the rules of 19th-century society. When they meet over an innocent game of cards, their passion for gambling leads them both down a road of romance, chance and fate that changes their lives forever
Death defying acts by Gillian Armstrong( Visual )

22 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"1926. Harry Houdini is the most famous performer in the world, but the "man behind the performer" is haunted by the loss of his beloved mother. Obsessed with contacting her from beyond the grave, Houdini offers a reward to anyone who can reveal her dying words to him - something which only he knows. Enter the beautiful but deceptive Mary McGregor, who delivers a psychic act that is part burlesque and part occult. Her young daughter Benji assists by providing the information Mary needs to convince the audience of her connection to the afterlife. What began as a con, evolves into a far more dangerous affair as Houdini is overwhelmed by Mary's mysterious charm. But as Harry attempts the most spectacular stunt of his career, everyone wants to know... how will the Great Houdini escape?" --Container
Mrs. Soffel by Gillian Keaton, Diane Armstrong( Visual )

22 editions published between 1983 and 2006 in 5 languages and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A prison warden's wife, delivering Bibles to prisoners, falls in love with one of two prisoner brothers and helps them to escape
Star struck( Visual )

17 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jackie Mullins rises from obscurity to win a rock contest at the Sydney Opera House. Her success unites the world of ambition and New Wave rock and the world of working class life in the Sydney Rocks where she works as a barmaid. This is an original blend of 'backstage' musical and working class comedy inflected by a popular feminism which displaces masculinity from the centre of Australianess as expressed in the ocker comedy
The Last days of Chez Nous by Gillian Armstrong( Visual )

24 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The arrival of Beth's younger sister Vicki disrupts her household and transforms her shaky marriage
High tide by Laura Jones( Visual )

23 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an AFI Award winning performance, Judy Davis plays Lilli, a back-up singer for an Elvis impersonator. When she is fired from the tour in a NSW South Coast country town she sets out on a drunken binge. Holed up in a caravan park she meets up with young Ally and a friendship soon develops between the women. Emotions run deep as their journey of discovery is tested by Lilli's new boyfriend Mick and Ally's grandmother Bet.--
Love, lust and lies by Gillian Armstrong( Visual )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an Australian twist on the popular English film series 7 UP, director Gillian Armstrong has followed the lives of three Australian women: Josie, Diana and Kerry, since 1976. The landmark series began with her subjects at age 14 (Smokes and Lollies, 1976), and continued with the girls aged 18 (Fourteens Good: Eighteens Better, 1980), 26 (Bingo, Bridesmaids & Braces, 1988) and 33 (Not Fourteen Again, 1996). Armstrongs latest and possibly final instalment LOVE, LUST & LIES finds the women in their late forties. A fascinating insight into the changing opinions, attitudes and lifestyles of her subjects, and a unique social record of Australian society over three decades.--Kanopy
Not fourteen again( Visual )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1977, Armstrong was commissioned by the South Australian Film Corporation to make a documentary about 14 year old Adelaide girls, Smokes and Lollies. It was her first paid job as director. "I think documentary filmmaking is very, very hard. It doesn't completely suit my personality." The film explored issues surrounding what it meant to be a teenager and asked questions about sex, family, work and school. Armstrong then developed her own interest in the girls and went back to interview them again at ages 18, 26 and 33. Not Fourteen Again is in the style of Michael Apted's 7 Up series (1964-1998, ongoing) in that the edit revisits material shot from the previous three films and intersperses them with current interviews. Unlike Apted's series which sprang from a psychological hypothesis, Smokes and Lollies was only ever meant as a stand-alone project and it was Armstrong's own interest in the girls' lives that kept her coming back. The subsequent films grew out of the first film. Despite the difficulty and randomness of this film, Armstrong presents a warm, compassionate view of the lives of these women and their daughters. By the the time this film was shot, she has started interviewing the next generation of children, who are by now teenagers. The film is so emotionally compelling that although at the time, Armstrong had announced it was the final film in the series, she went on to shoot Love, Lust and Lies in 2010
14's Good, 18s Better (Seven Years On)( Visual )

6 editions published between 1981 and 2015 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 14's Good, 18's Better, Gillian Armstrong re-introduces audiences to Diana, Josie and Kerry - three 18-year-old women living in suburban Adelaide. The film is a sequel to Smokes and Lollies, which Armstrong made four years earlier when the girls were 14. In this film, their current lives and views are counterpointed by flashbacks to their lives and expectations when they were 14. The footage is intercut, juxtaposing the rough-edged, free-thinking young teens with their more constrained and scarred 18-year-old selves
Fires within by Gillian Armstrong( Visual )

7 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When her journalist husband Nestor is imprisoned in Cuba for his political beliefs, Isabel flees the country with her daughter. Saved off the shores of Miami by a fisherman, she soon falls deeply in love with her rescuer. But just as she's on the verge of building a life with him, Nestor unexpectedly appears, released from the torturous Cuban prison ... "--Container
Houdini's death defying acts( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in Dutch and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Als de wereldberoemde illusionist Harry Houdini in contact wil komen met zijn overleden moeder gaat hij op zoek naar een betrouwbare helderziende
Unfolding Florence - The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst( Visual )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Almost everyone thinks they know who I was and, of course, everyone thinks they know who killed me..." But what acclaimed director Gillian Armstrong reveals in this spirited and highly original documentary is that almost nothing about Florence Broadhurst was at it seemed. When she was found murdered in her studio in 1977, few guessed her age, let alone her origins. For invention and reinvention were the keys to this flamboyant design pioneer
Women he's undressed( Visual )

3 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary about the life of the Australian costume designer and three time Oscar winner Orry-Kelly
Cash on the nail by Gillian Armstrong( Book )

8 editions published between 1978 and 1980 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tom, een wees, vlucht naar zee en valt in handen van piraten. Vanaf ca. 11 jaar
Every dog has his day by Gillian Armstrong( Book )

4 editions published between 1979 and 1993 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bingo, bridesmaids & braces( Visual )

6 editions published between 1987 and 2010 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The third in an ongoing series of films which follow the lives of three women, Diana, Josie and Kerry, through puberty to adulthood. This series began in 1976, when Gillian Armstrong made Smokes and Lollies, examining the lives of three fourteen year old girls in an Adelaide suburb. Four years later, in 14's Good, 18's Better, Armstrong returned to find three dramatically changed women, affected by the responsibilities of marriage, parenthood and unemployment. Eight years further on there have been divorces and separations, more babies, and the last single woman is about to marry. Through detailed flashbacks, the three women share the critical times in their lives, and their satisfaction and surprise at having reached 26
The story of Kerry, Josie and Diana 14-47( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this landmark documentary series, Gillian Armstrong has been following the lives, hopes and dreams of three honest, lively Adelaide girls since they were 14 in 1976. Over more than thirty years, Kerry, Josie and Diana's struggles have captured all our hearts. In these 'fly on the wall' films we see them grow up, marry, divorce, have children of their own and deal head-on with life's ongoing challenges
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Alternative Names
Armstrong, Gill 1950-

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Armstrongová, Gillian 1950-

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