When David is talking with Katharine Prichard in her home, on the shelf behind her is a photograph of a World War I soldier. This is Lieutenant Hugo Throssell who won the Victoria Cross at Hill 60 in Gallipoii. The pair met in London where he was recuperating and later married. After a string of business failures Throssell committed suicide in 1933 and is buried in the military section of the Karrakatta cemetery in Perth, Western Australia.
The DVD Australian sleeve notes for this film state that this picture "...is also a very personal film, a ten year odyssey for director Scott Hicks, who from the moment he saw David Helfgott perform in 1986 was committed to bring to the screen this story 'of a boy who is never allowed to grow up, and who becomes a 40 year old child prodigy".