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Scott Hicks


Edition 1996
105' - 1995 - Drama, Biography, Music/Musical - Dialogue: Yiddish, English
Director: Scott Hicks With: Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Justin Braine
Inspired by the life of australian pianist David Helfgott, "Shine" is a soaring eulogy to the heat of musical inspiration and the crushing consequenses of genius. "Shine" spans Helfgott's childhood and subsequent career as a concert pianist before a severe nervous breakdown returns him to his homeland and a decade of confusion living in and out of mental institutions. Raised by his domineering father, a Polish Jew whose father forbade him to play his beloved violin, David soon shows extraordinary promise as a pianist. He wins a competition and is offered a scholarship to study in America, but his father can't bear the thought of losing his only son and forbids it. Eventually David defies his father's authority and leaves Australia.

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Scott Hicks


Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Justin Braine


Scott Hicks, Jan Sardi

Director of Photography

Geoffrey Simpson


Pip Karmel


Jane Scott

Non-original music

David Hirschfelder

More information


Yiddish, English

Countries of production

Australia, United Kingdom



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