One of the most celebrated and successful films of Australian cinema history, 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.
Shine is still as fresh and as compelling as it ever was. This new Special Edition celebrates a remarkable success story for Australian cinema and for the remarkable team that brought the film to the screen after an arduous ten year journey.
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. This is a story rich in music and emotion, produced by Jane Scott and directed by Scott Hicks with visual elegance from a brilliant screenplay by Jan Sardi. The cast, led by Geoffrey Rush as the adult David and Noah Taylor as the adolescent David, give career-best performances. The film is an especially fine celebration of the work of four screen legends, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Lynn Redgrave, Googie Withers and John Gielgud. With this exciting new High Definition edition, SHINE is ready to recapture the imagination of its original audience and captivate a whole new generation.
Director: Scott Hicks
Cast: Armin Mueller-Stahl; Geoffrey Rush; Noah Taylor; Sonia Todd