ShineDirector: Scott Hicks, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Noah Taylor, Geoffrey Rush
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The true story of a gifted Australian piano prodigy, this biographical drama was nominated for seven Oscars, with actor Geoffrey Rush winning for Best Actor. Rush stars as David Helfgott, a pianist with a history of mental problems. As a fragile boy genius at math, chess, and piano, David is driven hard by his overbearing father (Armin Mueller-Stahl), a tyrant who forbids him to accept a scholarship offered by the great violinist Isaac Stern. Although he studies briefly in London under tutor Cecil Parks (John Gielgud), David has a nervous breakdown after performing Rachmaninoff's daunting "Piano Concerto No. 3" (known as the "Rach 3"). Years later, the adult David keeps up a steady patter of nervous stammering at all times and has been reduced to playing in a bar. Through a friend, he meets astrologer Gillian (Lynn Redgrave), and falls in love with her. With Gillian's help, David embarks down the road to regained fame and mastery of the "Rach 3." The international popularity of Shine caused a sensation leading to a musical tour for Helfgott, whose performances were less adroit than many audiences expected, sparking criticism that writer-director Scott Hicks had exaggerated his subject's talent for dramatic purposes.
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|Armin Mueller-Stahl||Peter Helfgott|
|Noah Taylor||Teenage David Helfgott|
|Geoffrey Rush||Adult David Helfgott|
|Lynn Redgrave||Gillian Helfgott|
|John Gielgud||Prof. Cecil Parks|
|Googie Withers||Katharine Susannah Prichard|
|Nicholas Bell||Ben Rosen|
|Randall Berger||Isaac Stern|
|Phyllis Burford||Synagogue Secretary|
|John Cousins||Jim Minogue|
|Daphne Grey||Society Hostess|
|Edwin Hodgeman||Soviet Society Secretary|
|David L. King||Viney|
|Paul Linkson||State Champion Announcer|
|John Martin||Roger Woodward (older)|
|Alex Rafalowicz||David as a Boy|
|Neil Thomson||RCOM Conductor|
|Sally Campbell||Costumes/Costume Designer,Producer|
|Carolynne Cunningham||Asst. Director|
|David Hirschfelder||Score Composer|
|Toivo Lember||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Vicki Niehus||Production Designer|
1. Chapter 1 [8:15]
2. Chapter 2 [8:12]
3. Chapter 3 [7:22]
4. Chapter 4 [9:30]
5. Chapter 5 [10:37]
6. Chapter 6 [7:51]
7. Chapter 7 [7:17]
8. Chapter 8 [7:37]
9. Chapter 9 [10:07]
10. Chapter 10 [9:43]
11. Chapter 11 [6:44]
12. Chapter 12 [7:06]
13. Chapter 13 [5:22]
Geoffrey Rush's Golden Globes Acceptance Speech
Questions & Answers With Director Scott Hicks
1. Sometimes, The More Specific The Story Is, The More Universal It Becomes. How Would You Describe The Universal, Timeless Themes That Appear In Shine?
2. How Did The Story Of David Helfgott Come To Your Attention?
3. How Did You Research The Aspects Of David's Life That You Chose To Put Into The Script?
4. People Have Said That This Is A Film About Madness And Mental Illness. Can You Address That And Why You See It As More Than That?
5. Is Shine More A Story About The Heart Or The Mind?
6. How Did You Arrive At Casting The Actors That Played David Helfgott, And How Did You Combine These Three Performances To Create One Seamless Character?
7. How Did The Casting Of Armin Mueller-Stahl Come About?
8. How Did You Arrive At The Casting Of Lynn Redgrave For The Part Of Gillian?
9. How Did You Go About Filming The Piano Performances To Give Them An Incredibly Realistic Feel?
10. Is There A Connection Between The Musical Nature Of The The Film And Its Narrative?
11. Why Did You Choose To Call The Film Shine?
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