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Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.

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David Helfgott - Adult
Justin Braine ...
Tony
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Sylvia
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Sam
Alex Rafalowicz ...
David Helfgott - Child
Gordon Poole ...
Eisteddfod Presenter
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Peter
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Ben Rosen
Danielle Cox ...
Suzie - Child
Rebecca Gooden ...
Margaret
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Rachel
John Cousins ...
Jim Minogue
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David Helfgott - Adolescent
Paul Linkson ...
State Champion Announcer
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Isaac Stern
Ian Welbourne ...
Boy Next Door
Kelly Bottrill ...
Louise - Baby
Beverley Vaughan ...
Rabbi
Phyllis Burford ...
Synagogue Secretary
Daphne Grey ...
Society Hostess
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Soviet Society Secretary
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Katharine Susannah Prichard
Maria Dafnero ...
Sonia
Reis Porter ...
Postman
Stephen Sheehan ...
Roger Woodward - Younger
Brenton Whittle ...
Announcer
Marianna Doherty ...
Suzie - Teenager
Camilla James ...
Louise - Child
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Cecil Parkes
David King ...
Viney
Danny Davies ...
Registrar
Helen Dowell ...
Sarah
Louise Dorling ...
Muriel
Sean Carlsen ...
Student
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Ashley
Robert Hands ...
Robert
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Ray
Neil Thomson ...
RCOM Conductor
Joey Kennedy ...
Suzie - Adult
Ellen Cressey ...
Nurse
Beverley Dunn ...
Beryl Alcott
Andy Seymour ...
Bar Customer
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Gillian
Ella Scott Lynch ...
Jessica
Jethro Heysen-Hicks ...
Rowan
John Martin ...
Roger Woodward - Older
Bill Boyley ...
Celebrant
Teresa La Rocca ...
Opera Singer
Lindsey Day ...
Opera Singer
Grant Doyle ...
Opera Singer
Leah Jennings ...
Musician
Kathy Monaghan ...
Musician
Mark Lawrence ...
Musician
Gordon Coombes ...
Musician
Luke Dollman ...
Musician
Margaret Stone ...
Musician
Tom Carrig ...
Musician
Helen Ayres ...
Musician
Suzi Jarratt ...
Vocalist
Samantha McDonald ...
Vocalist
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Restaurant Customer (uncredited)
Peter Osborn ...
Priest (uncredited)
Louise Siversen ...
Extra in Ballroom Scene (uncredited)

Directed by

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Scott Hicks

Written by

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Jan Sardi ... (screenplay)
 
Scott Hicks ... (story)

Produced by

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Jane Scott ... producer

Music by

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David Hirschfelder

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Geoffrey Simpson

Film Editing by

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Pip Karmel

Editorial Department

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Arthur Cambridge ... color grader: Atlab
Mark Ellis ... assistant film editor
Sue Nicola ... cutter
Rohan Wilson ... negative matcher
Tony Lynch ... post-production coordinator (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Vicki Niehus

Art Direction by

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Tony Cronin

Costume Design by

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Louise Wakefield

Makeup Department

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Sue Black ... makeup assistant: UK
Liz Dingle ... additional hair stylist / additional makeup artist
Pamela Haddock ... makeup artist: UK
Rick Martin ... additional hair stylist / additional makeup artist
Fiona Rees-Jones ... additional hair stylist / additional makeup artist
Lesley Vanderwalt ... makeup artist
Paul Williams ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Peter Hoyland ... music production manager
Andrew Marshall ... unit manager
Miguel Ángel Poveda ... post-production supervisor
Elizabeth Symes ... production manager
Sylvia Walker-Wilson ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Guy Campbell ... second assistant director
Toby Coke ... third assistant director: UK
Carolynne Cunningham ... first assistant director
Henry Osborne ... second assistant director
Tom Read ... third assistant director
Stephen Woolfenden ... second assistant director: UK

Art Department

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Mike Bartlett ... dressing props: UK
Perscia Brokensha ... art department runner
Louise Cameron ... art department coordinator
Jacqui Canty ... art department attachment
Judy Farr ... property buyer: UK / set dresser: UK
Alastair Gow ... stand-by carpenter: UK (as Alistair Gow)
Jo Graysmark ... assistant art director: UK (as Johanna Graysmark)
John Haratzis ... scenic artist
Kevin Jarrett ... carpenter
Ben Johnson ... painter
Peter Looby ... stand-by prop: UK
Adam McCulloch ... draftsman
David McHenry ... art director: UK
Leroy Plummer ... stand-by props
Paul Purdy ... property master: UK
John Santucci ... painter
Andrew Short ... property buyer / set dresser
Brock Sykes ... greensman
Arthur Vette ... construction manager
Alicia Walsh ... property buyer / set dresser
Will Ayres ... dressing props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Martin Bayley ... assistant sound editor
Steve Burgess ... foley artist
Helen Field ... sound liaison
Jim Greenhorn ... sound recordist: UK
Toivo Lember ... sound recordist
Gerry Long ... foley artist (as Gerard Long)
Scott Piper ... boom operator
Livia Ruzic ... dialogue editor
Roger Savage ... re-recording mixer
Joanne Stephens-Smith ... boom operator: UK
Gareth Vanderhope ... sound effects editor
Nick Roberts ... adr recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Ray Fowler ... special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by

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Paul Cross ... optical effects
Roger Cowland ... visual effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Richard Boué ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Peter Arnold ... electrician: UK
Scott Brokate ... assistant grip
Tony Burns ... generator operator: UK (as Tony Burnes)
Jasmine Yuen Carrucan ... clapper loader (as Jasmine Carrucan)
John Donoghue ... gaffer: UK
Sally Eccleston ... focus puller
Warren Ewen ... best boy: UK (as Warren Ewan)
David Foreman ... camera operator: second unit
Sam Garwood ... Steadicam focus puller: UK
Werner Gerlach ... best boy
Jon Goldney ... key grip
Renee Hanna ... video split operator
Richard Anthony Hyde ... fourth electrician (as Richard Hyde)
Robertto Karas ... third electrician
Lorraine Luke ... clapper loader: UK
Alix Mumford ... camera trainee: UK
Jan Pester ... Steadicam operator: UK
Craig Philpott ... assistant camera: second unit
Barry Read ... grip: UK
Peter Santucci ... assistant grip
Graeme Shelton ... gaffer: second unit
Geoffrey Simpson ... camera operator
Andy Smith ... second electrician
Mark Tillie ... still photographer: UK
Lisa Tomasetti ... still photographer
Trevor Toune ... gaffer
David Dunkley ... underwater camera assistant (uncredited)
Philip Le Masurier ... special photographer (uncredited)
Gary Parnham ... rigging electrician: UK (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Sharon Howard-Field ... casting: USA (as Sharon Howard Field)
Jan Killen ... extras casting
Karen Lindsay-Stewart ... casting: UK
Liz Mullinar ... casting: Australia

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Iona Kenrick ... wardrobe assistant: UK
Mariot Kerr ... costume assistant / cutter
Jeanette Luke ... costume assistant
Jenny Miles ... costume supervisor
Nina Parsons ... stand-by wardrobe
Jenny Ramos ... costume assistant
Ros Ward ... wardrobe supervisor: UK
Monica Willis ... costume assistant
Angela Winters ... costume assistant

Location Management

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Maurice Burns ... location manager
Rikke Dakin ... assistant location manager: UK
Charles Hubbard ... location manager: UK
Josh Moore ... location assistant

Music Department

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Michael Costa ... assistant music editor
Ricky Edwards ... assistant musical director / musician: piano
Sandy Edwards ... music production assistant
Robin Gray ... additional music engineer
Kim Green ... source music clearances
David Helfgott ... musician: piano
Robert John ... orchestra leader
Michael Letho ... music mixing engineer
Stella O'Malley ... music production assistant
Adam Rhodes ... additional music engineer
Sam Schwarz ... music notation editor
David Williams ... additional music engineer
Christine Woodruff ... source music clearances
Ricky Edwards ... conductor (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Jim Atkins ... driver: UK
Jon Blaikie ... action vehicle coordinator
Clive Randall ... driver: UK
Harry Smith ... unit driver: UK
John Smith ... unit driver: UK
Paul Thompson ... driver: UK
Paul Venezia ... driver: UK

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Lee Abberley ... stand-in: Mr. Taylor: UK
Sal Alba ... Yiddish advisor
Ian Anderson ... laboratory liaison
Hilary Benson ... production coordinator: UK
Jennifer Bichard ... unit nurse (as Jenny Bichard)
Julie Byrne ... second assistant attachment
Lesley Campion ... cashier: UK
Vladimir Chishkovsky ... harpsichord technician
Ross Clunes ... studio technician
Martin Cousin ... hand double: Noah Taylor
Steve Crook ... psychiatric advisor
Christina Díaz Norman ... assistant to producer (as Christina Norman)
Cherry Fiddaman ... production accountant: UK
Rabbi Figdor ... advisor: bar mitzvah
Frederic N. Gaines ... lawyer: USA
Serena Gattuso ... production coordinator
Debbie Hanson ... unit assistant (as Deb Hanson)
Yiani Harpas ... stand-in: Master Rafalowicz
Tina Hennel ... unit assistant
Kerry Heysen ... creative consultant
Scott Heysen ... production runner
Colleen Kennedy ... accounting assistant
Susanna Lenton ... continuity: UK
Paul Lightfoot ... unit assistant
Paul Linkson ... stand-in: Mr. Mueller-Stahl
John Macgregor ... story research and development
Tracey Mair ... publicist: Australia
Steve Marcus ... caterer
Ronald Markham ... stand-in: Sir John Gielgud, UK
Chris McGuire ... production accountant
Susie Menzies ... production secretary: UK
Sara Morris ... production runner: UK
Heather Muirhead ... production secretary
Brent Ottley ... disklavier technician
Melinda Parker ... catering assistant
Carolyne Pool ... stand-in: Ms. Redgrave: UK
Paul Sarony ... production advisor: UK
Leilah Schubert ... third assistant attachment
Fiona Searson ... publicist: international
Greg Sitch ... lawyer: Australia
Sara Abel Smith ... stand-in: Ms. Redgrave
Peter Spaeth ... stand-in: Mr. Taylor
Simon Tedeschi ... hand double: Alex Rafalowicz
Bernadette Van Gyen ... safety reporter
Jo Weeks ... continuity

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Alice Carrard ... thanks
David Helfgott ... thanks
Gillian Helfgott ... thanks
Brian Rosen ... thanks
Win Warren ... thanks
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Plot Summary

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 Jwelch5742

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Taglines A true story of the mystery of music and the miracle of love See more »
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Also Known As
  • Helfgott (Australia)
  • Flight of the Bumblebee (Australia)
  • Shine - Der Weg ins Licht (Germany)
  • Shine (El resplandor de un genio) (Spain)
  • Spindesys (Lithuania)
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Runtime
  • 105 min
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Budget $5,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Geoffrey Rush had once learned the piano up until aged fourteen. He took up piano lessons again thirty years later for this movie and also acted as his own hand double and body double. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Star Trek: First Contact/Shine/Jingle All the Way/Sling Blade/Microcosmos (1996). See more »
Soundtracks With A Girl Like You See more »
Crazy Credits Himself: hand double for Geoffrey Rush See more »
Quotes Cecil Parkes: You must play as if there's no tomorrow.
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