Brilliant Lies

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Brilliant Lies
Brilliant Lies.jpg
Directed by Richard Franklin
Produced by Sue Farrelly
Richard Franklin
Written by Peter Fitzpatrick
Richard Franklin
David Williamson
Starring Gia Carides
Anthony LaPaglia
Zoe Carides
Ray Barrett
Music by Nerida Tyson-Chew
Cinematography Geoff Burton
Edited by David Pulbrook
Release date
  • 8 August 1996 (1996-08-08)
Running time
94 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget A$3.5 million[1]
Box office A $199,329 (Australia)

Brilliant Lies is a 1996 Australian drama film produced by Bayside Pictures and Beyond Films. It stars Gia Carides and Anthony LaPaglia. It was directed by Richard Franklin and produced by Sue Farrelly, Kim McKillop and Richard Franklin. It was written by Peter Fitzpatrick and Richard Franklin, based on a play by David Williamson.

Nerida Tyson-Chew composed the music score, the second time she had composed for a film directed by Richard Franklin (after Hotel Sorrento).

The film was an adaptation of David Williamson's play of the same name, published by Currency Press in 1993.[2]

The theme song is included on Kate Ceberano's 1996 album Blue Box.

Original Play[edit]

Brilliant Lies
Written by David Williamson
Date premiered 1993
Original language English

David Williamson's original play had been successful since it premiered in 1993.


Richard Franklin had seen the play on stage and decided to make it after having successfully filmed a stage play Hotel Sorrento.[3] The film was shot in July 1995.[1]

Box office[edit]

Brilliant Lies grossed $199,329 in Australia.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Production Survey", Cinema Papers, August 1995 p60
  2. ^ Williamson, David (1993). Brilliant Lies. Sydney: Currency Press. ISBN 9780868193717. 
  3. ^ "Interview with Richard Franklin", Signet, 15 September 1995 accessed 18 November 2012
  4. ^ Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office

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