I first heard about the Australian film My Brilliant Career when Siri did a post on it, but I guess I forgot about it until last week when I was looking through Netflix Instant Watch movies and came across it. I’m glad I watched it, because it’s a cheerful one and these days I need all the cheering up I can get (mostly I seem to watch things that are sad, including an American Experience documentary on the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, and this probably isn’t helping me any). Siri said that Sybylla (the movie’s heroine, played by Judy Davis) reminded her of Anne of Green Gables, and it was the first thing I thought of when I was watching. When I was a kid I fell in love with the Anne of Green Gables films, and I have a feeling I would have loved this one too, with its beautiful Australian backdrops and turn of the century interiors. I would have loved Sybylla with all her spirit and independence and tomboyish charm that no amount of white lace dresses or parasols or boater hats can hide. And all of those clothes? They’re a pretty good reason for watching too.