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
The sister of pianist and musician David Helfgott, who is the subject of this film, later wrote a book about the movie. Margaret Helfgott authored 'Out Of Tune: David Helfgott and the Myth of Shine' (1998) which was first published on 17th September 1998 which was about two and a half years after the film had premiered on 21st January 1996. Director Scott Hicks has responded to this book by saying: "I maintain that all of the actions of the character Peter Helfgott have their origins in real events." See more »
The character shows all signs of schizophrenia; not bipolar disorder (formerly known as "manic-depressive disorder"), as is claimed in the film. The real David Helfgott likewise displays many symptoms of schizophrenia and none of bipolar disorder. 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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