Shine


1h 45m 1996

Brief Synopsis

In this true story, pianist David Helfgott fights to overcome schizophrenia and return to the concert stage.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Biography
Medical
Music
Period
Release Date
1996
Production Company
Allan Eaton Studios; Arri Group; Australian Film Commission (AFC); Dda Public Relations; Film Finances, Inc.; Great Scott Productions; Hw Wood Australia; Metrocolor; NSW Film & Television Office; Opticals & Graphics; Pandora Films; Pandora Films; Screen Australia; Screen Nsw; Soundfirm; South Australian Film Corporation (Safc); Woodhall Catering
Distribution Company
FINE LINE/FINE LINE FEATURES; Bbc Worldwide; Buena Vista International; Filmcompagniet; Fine Line Features; Finnkino Oy; Gaumont Buena Vista International; Kuzui Enterprises; Lucky Red; New Line Home Entertainment; SF Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International
Location
Adelaide, Australia; London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

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.

Crew

Lee Abberley

Stand-In

Sal Alba

Advisor

Ian Anderson

Liaison

Peter Arnold

Electrician

Jim Atkins

Driver

Mike Bartlett

Props

Martin Bayley

Assistant Sound Editor

Hilary Benson

Production Coordinator

Sue Black

Makeup Assistant

Jon Blaikie

Transportation Coordinator

Richard Boue

Stunt Coordinator

Scott Brokate

Grip

Perscia Brokensha

Art Department

Steve Burgess

Foley

Tony Burnes

Generator Operator

Maurice Burns

Location Manager

Julianna Byrne

Assistant

Julie Byrne

Assistant

Arthur Cambridge

Grader

Louise Cameron

Art Department Coordinator

Guy Campbell

Assistant Director

Lesley Campion

Cashier

Jacqui Canty

Art Department

Vladimir Chishkovsky

Other

Ross Clunes

Other

Toby Coke

Assistant Director

Michael Costa

Music Editor

Martin Cousin

Stand-In

Tony Cronin

Props Buyer

Tony Cronin

Art Director

Steve Crook

Advisor

Paul Cross

Camera

Carolynne Cunningham

1st Assistant Director

Rikke Dakin

Assistant Location Manager

Liz Dingle

Makeup

Liz Dingle

Hair

John Donoghue

Gaffer

Sally Eccleston

Camera Focus Puller

Sally Eccleston

Other

Richard Edwards

Music

Mark Ellis

Assistant Editor

Judy Farr

On-Set Dresser

Judy Farr

Props Buyer

Cherry Fiddaman

Production Accountant

Helen Field

Liaison

Rabbi Figdor

Advisor

David Foreman

Camera

Frederic N Gaines

Legal Counsel

Sam Garwood

Steadicam Operator

Sam Garwood

Camera Focus Puller

Serena Gattuso

Production Coordinator

Werner Gerlach

Best Boy

Jon Goldney

Key Grip

Alastair Gow

Carpenter

Robin Gray

Music Engineer

Johanna Graysmark

Assistant Art Director

Kim Green

Music

Jim Greenhorn

Sound Recordist

Pamela Haddock

Makeup Artist

Renee Hanna

Videotape Operator

Deb Hanson

Assistant

John Haratzis

Scenic Artist

Yiani Harpas

Stand-In

Tina Hennel

Assistant

Kerry Heysen

Creative Consultant

Scott Heysen

Office Runner

Scott Hicks

Story By

David Hirschfelder

Music Director And Composer

Sharon Howard-field

Casting

Peter Hoyland

Music

Charles Hubbard

Location Manager

Richard Hyde

Swing

Kevin Jarrett

Carpenter

Robert John

Original Music

Ben Johnson

Painter

Roberto Karas

Swing

Pip Karmel

Editor

Colleen Kennedy

Accountant

Iona Kenrick

Wardrobe Assistant

Mariot Kerr

Costumes

Marriott Kerr

Costumes

Jan Killen

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Toivo Lember

Sound Recordist

Susanna Lenton

Continuity

Michael Letho

Music Engineer

Paul Lightfoot

Assistant

Karen Lindsay Stewart

Casting

Paul Linkson

Stand-In

Gerard Long

Foley

Peter Looby

Props

Ray Lowler

Special Effects

Jeanette Luke

Costumes

Lorraine Luke

Loader

Lorraine Luke

Camera

John Macgregor

Story Consultant

Chris Maguire

Production Accountant

Tracy Mair

Unit Publicist

Steve Marcus

Caterer

Ronald Markham

Stand-In

Andrew Marshall

Unit Manager

Rick Martin

Hair

Rick Martin

Makeup

Adam Mcculloch

Art Department

David Mchenry

Art Director

Kathy Mcintyre

Other

Susie Menzies

Production Secretary

Jenny Miles

Costume Supervisor

Josh Moore

Location Assistant

Sara Morris

Office Runner

Heather Muirhead

Production Secretary

Liz Mulliner

Casting

Alix Mumford

Camera Trainee

Vicki Neihus

Production Designer

Sue Nicola

Wardrobe

Christina Norman

Assistant

Stella O'malley

Production Assistant

Henry Osborne

2nd Assistant Director

Brent Ottley

Other

Nina Parsons

Standby Wardrobe

Jan Pester

Steadicam Operator

Craig Philpott

Camera Assistant

Scott Piper

Boom Operator

Leroy Plummer

Props

Carolyn Pool

Stand-In

Kate Prichard

Other

Jackie Quilter

Casting

Jenny Ramos

Costumes

Clive Randall

Driver

Barry Read

Grip

Tom Read

3rd Assistant Director

Fiona Rees-jones

Hair

Fiona Rees-jones

Makeup

Adam Rhodes

Music Engineer

Jenny Richard

Medic

Livia Ruzic

Dialogue Editor

John Santucci

Painter

Peter Santucci

Grip

Jan Sardi

Screenwriter

Paul Sarony

Advisor

Roger Savage

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Sam Schwarz

Music

Jane Scott

Producer

Fiona Searson

Publicist

Graeme Shelton

Gaffer

Andrew Short

Props Buyer

Andrew Short

On-Set Dresser

Geoffrey Simpson

Camera Operator

Geoffrey Simpson

Director Of Photography

Greg Sitch

Legal Services

Andrew Jj Smith

Other

Andrew Jj Smith

Swing

Harry Smith

Driver

John Smith

Driver

Sara Smith

Stand-In

Peter Spaeth

Stand-In

Joanne Stephens-smith

Boom Operator

Brock Sykes

Greensman

Elizabeth Symes

Production Manager

Simon Tedeschi

Stand-In

Paul Thompson

Driver

Mark Tillie

Photography

Lisa Tomasetti

Photography

Trevor Tourne

Gaffer

Bernadette Van Gyen

Security

Gareth Vanderhope

Sound Effects Editor

Lesley Vanderwalt

Makeup Artist

Paul Venezia

Driver

Arthur Vette

Construction Manager

Louise Wakefield

Costume Designer

Louise Wakefield

Assistant Costume Designer

Sylvia Walker-wilson

Post-Production Supervisor

Alicia Walsh

On-Set Dresser

Alicia Walsh

Props Buyer

Ros Ward

Wardrobe Supervisor

Jo Weeks

Continuity

Dave Williams

Music Engineer

Paul Williams

Hairdresser

Monica Willis

Costumes

Rohan Wilson

Negative Cutter

Angela Winters

Costumes

Christine Woodruff

Music

Stephen Woolfenden

Assistant Director

Jasmine Yuen-currucan

Loader

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Biography
Medical
Music
Period
Release Date
1996
Production Company
Allan Eaton Studios; Arri Group; Australian Film Commission (AFC); Dda Public Relations; Film Finances, Inc.; Great Scott Productions; Hw Wood Australia; Metrocolor; NSW Film & Television Office; Opticals & Graphics; Pandora Films; Pandora Films; Screen Australia; Screen Nsw; Soundfirm; South Australian Film Corporation (Safc); Woodhall Catering
Distribution Company
FINE LINE/FINE LINE FEATURES; Bbc Worldwide; Buena Vista International; Filmcompagniet; Fine Line Features; Finnkino Oy; Gaumont Buena Vista International; Kuzui Enterprises; Lucky Red; New Line Home Entertainment; SF Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International
Location
Adelaide, Australia; London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

Award Wins

Best Actor

1996
Geoffrey Rush

Award Nominations

Best Director

1996

Best Editing

1996

Best Original Screenplay

1996

Best Picture

1996

Best Score (Dramatic Picture)

1996

Best Supporting Actor

1996

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Nominated for eleven 1996 Australian Film Institute awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and two for Best Actor (Rush and Taylor).

Winner of the 1996 award for Best Picture from the National Board of Review.

Winner of the Audience Award at 1996 Aspen Filmfest.

Winner of the People's Choice Award and the Metro Media Award of the 1996 Toronto International Film Festival.

Winner of the People's Choice Award at 1996 Hawaii International Film Festival.

Winner of two 1996 Golden Satellite Awards from the International Press Academy, including Best Actor, shared with James Woods for his performance in "Killer: Journal of a Murder" (USA/1996), and Supporting Actor (Armin Mueller-Stahl).

Expanded Release in United States November 27, 1996

Released in United States 1996

Released in United States 1997

Released in United States Fall November 22, 1996

Released in United States June 1996

Released in United States November 1996

Released in United States October 1996

Released in United States on Video July 15, 1997

Released in United States September 1996

Wide Release in United States December 25, 1996

Awarded Best Picture and the People's Choice Award at 1996 Fort Lauderdale Film Festival.

Shown at Aspen Filmfest in Colorado September 25-29, 1996.

Shown at Boston Film Festival September 6-19, 1996.

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 10-20, 1996.

Shown at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival November 1-19, 1996.

Shown at Hawaii International Film Festival November 8-21, 1996.

Shown at Melbourne International Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia July 25 - August 11, 1996.

Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival January 29 - February 9, 1997.

Shown at Sydney Film Festival (Opening Night) June 7-22, 1996.

Shown at Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Main Programme) November 8-17, 1996.

Geoffrey Rush received 1996 award for Best Actor from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Geoffrey Rush received the 1996 award for Best Actor from the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Geoffrey Rush received the 1996 award for Best Actor from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Geoffrey Rush received the 1996 award for Best Actor from the New York Film Critics Circle.

Began shooting April 7, 1995.

Completed shooting June 30, 1995.

Expanded wide release in USA February 14, 1997.

Expanded wide release in USA February 21, 1997.

Expanded wide release in USA February 28, 1997.

Expanded wide release in USA January 17, 1997.

Expanded wide release in USA January 24, 1997.

Released in United States 1996 (Awarded Best Picture and the People's Choice Award at 1996 Fort Lauderdale Film Festival.)

Released in United States 1996 (Out of competition)

Released in United States 1996 (Premieres)

Released in United States 1996 (Shown at Melbourne International Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia July 25 - August 11, 1996.)

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival January 29 - February 9, 1997.)

Released in United States June 1996 (Shown at Sydney Film Festival (Opening Night) June 7-22, 1996.)

Released in United States on Video July 15, 1997

Released in United States September 1996 (Shown at Aspen Filmfest in Colorado September 25-29, 1996.)

Released in United States September 1996 (Shown at Boston Film Festival September 6-19, 1996.)

Released in United States October 1996 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 10-20, 1996.)

Released in United States November 1996 (Shown at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival November 1-19, 1996.)

Released in United States November 1996 (Shown at Hawaii International Film Festival November 8-21, 1996.)

Released in United States November 1996 (Shown at Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Main Programme) November 8-17, 1996.)

Released in United States Fall November 22, 1996

Expanded Release in United States November 27, 1996

Wide Release in United States December 25, 1996

Limited release in United Kingdom January 3, 1997.