Shine | 1996

Drama, Romance
About pianist David Helfgott's triumphant return to music after his nervous breakdown.
Director: Scott Hicks
Awards: 1 Oscar win. Another 12 wins & 22 nominations | full awards »

Cast

... Gillian

Actor

... David Helfgott as an Adult

Actor

... Katharine Susannah Prichard

Actor

... Rachel Helfgott

Actor

... Ben Rosen

Actor

... Sylvia

Actor

... Beryl Alcott

Actor

... Margaret Helfgott

Actor

... Isaac Stern

Actor

... Sonia

Actor

... Secretary Soviet Society

Actor

... Rowan

Actor

Company

AAV Australia

Production Company

Production Company

Adelphia Cable Studios

Production Company

Allan Eaton Studios

Production Company

Australian Film Commission (AFC)

Production Company

Brashs

Production Company

Synopsis

A man in his forties, David, stumbles into a wine bar after getting lost one night in driving rain. Although he is wildly eccentric, David charms the bar's owner who, impressed with his brilliant skills as a pianist, gives him a regular job playing at her bar. David's impromptu performance is, in fact, the first time he has been at a piano after more than a decade of obscurity. Inspired by this, he is transported back to his childhood in which everything seemed to revolve around the piano. Based on the ultimately triumphant life of classical pianist David Helfgott, "Shine" focuses on Helfgott's painful retreat into a private world while still in his early 20's and on the brink of a glittering international career. Spanning the 1950's to the 1980's, "Shine" dramatizes the deeply moving way in which Helfgott, after a decade of obscurity, achieves both personal and professional fulfillment through the love and support of a remarkable woman.

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