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 The World of Film in Australia - on the Internet Updated Saturday February 1, 2020 


“It is remarkable to watch Shine again after all these years; the film is still as fresh and as compelling as it ever was. This series of screenings around Australia celebrates a remarkable success story for Australian cinema and for the remarkable team that brought the film to the screen,” said Ronin Film’s Managing Director Andrew Pike, who oversaw the original cinema release campaign, on the eve of its 20th anniversary cinema season around Australia (August 10 – 19).

Shine is the true story of pianist David Helfgott, his turbulent relationship with his father, his breakdown and eventual redemption through the love of his wife, Gillian.

Shine swept the pool of local awards in 1996, winning nine AFI Awards. The following year SHINE became an international phenomenon scoring seven Oscar nominations, five Golden Globe nominations and nine BAFTA nominations amongst many other international awards. After Geoffrey Rush was awarded an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for Best Actor, his acting career was completely transformed.

The anniversary screenings will include a weekend of events in Canberra, home of the film’s original distributor Ronin Films, on August 13 and 14, as well as screenings in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide, home to director Scott Hicks and where the film was made.

Supported by the National Film & Sound Archive, the Canberra weekend includes a screening of a new digital print of Shine and a concert by David Helfgott including a two-piano performance (with Rohdri Clarke) of the film’s seminal piece of music the Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor. Geoffrey Rush, director Scott Hicks, producer Jane Scott and screenwriter Jan Sardi will take part in a filmmaker Q&A and there will also be a screening of ‘behind the scenes’ documentaries made during the film’s production.

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