As a child piano prodigy, David Helfgott's musical ambitions generate friction with his overbearing father, Peter. When Helfgott travels to London on a musical scholarship, his career as a pianist blossoms. However, the pressures of his newfound fame, coupled with the echoes of his tumultuous childhood, conspire to bring Helfgott's latent schizophrenia boiling to the surface, and he spends years in and out of various mental institutions.Written by
Production on the picture began in London in England, UK in April of 1995, and the two week shoot there proved to be very demanding as pre-planning from Australia was difficult. Producer Jane Scott commented: "It was extremely hard work moving across the world to start filming in London, but we wanted to give it that flavor of reality. There's great value in that we really do see the Albert Hall, the Royal College of Music, and Trafalgar Square. We know we're there, there's no doubt about it and that's very important. At the time though, it was very challenging." See more »
The length of David Helfgott's cigarette when playing "Flight of the Bumblebee" at Moby's. See more »
excellent film, good in all departments, seriously moving
This is a good film in every sense but will mean most to fathers with strong views :).
The story of a brilliant young pianist whose relationship with his father drives him to some sort of mental illness. Watchable, absorbing, brilliantly edited, deeply seriously moving, one of the rare films that pays attention to incidental sound. Wonderful direction and acting. This is a seriously good film.
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