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SHINE

SYNOPSIS:
Inspired by the life of Australian pianist David Helfgott, Shine is a bio-pic relating his struggle in and out of mental institutions and his clash with his possessive father, until an unlikely romance brings stability and a return to the concert stage.

Andrew L. Urban:
Oliver Stone could do well to take a note of Shine: here is a bio-pic (as Variety christened them) that avoids overstatement - with perhaps the single exception of the exaggerated father - yet manages to carry us along and to even pack an emotional punch. That director Scott Hicks has a very obvious benevolent bias is also a plus for the film - it lets us know exactly where he stands, so we can allow for it. It is a passionately told story, in highly cinematic yet accessible language, about one life: what makes it extraordinary is the performance of Geoffrey Rush and the rest of the cast. Shine is destined to be an Australian classic.

Review by Louise Keller:
Powerful drama which draws heavily on the emotions. A hugely memorable film with some disturbing elements, mostly due to the subject matter in the despicable behaviour of the father character. This is a film brimming with passion; it took great passion and conviction for Scott Hicks to realise his vision, and Shine takes Australian film making to the fore on the international platform. Full credit must go to Armin Mueller-Stahl for a wonderfully convincing performance as the over-protective and obsessive father. Outstanding performance by Geoffrey Rush in what is no doubt the role of a lifetime.

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AUSTRALIA

CAST: Geoffrey Rush, Noah Taylor, Sir John Gielgud, Lynn Redgrave, Armin Mueller-Stahl

PRODUCER: Jane Scott

DIRECTOR: Scott Hicks

SCRIPT: Jan Sardi

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Geoffrey Simpson

EDITOR: Pip Karmel

MUSIC: David Hirschfelder

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Sally Campbell

RUNNING TIME: 100 mins

AWARDS: AFI Awards 1996: Best Film, Best Director, Best original Screenplay; Best Actor in Leading Role; Best Actor in Supporting Role; Best Cinematography, Best Editing; Best original Music Score; Best Sound;

Golden Globe: Best Actor (Geoffrey Rush)

AUST. Film Critics: Best Film, Best Actor (Geoffrey Rush); Best Supporting Actor (N. Taylor)

Oscars 1997: nominated in 7 categories, including Best Film

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Ronin

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 15, 1996







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