Art and Film Historian Jill Kiefer will introduce each movie, and lead a discussion that will separate fact from fiction following each film.
As a child piano prodigy, David Helfgott's (Geoffrey Rush) musical ambitions generate friction with his overbearing father, Peter (Armin Mueller-Stahl). When Helfgott travels to London on a musical scholarship, his career as a pianist blossoms. However, the pressures of his newfound fame, coupled with the echoes of his tumultuous childhood, conspire to bring Helfgott's latent schizophrenia boiling to the surface, and he spends years in and out of various mental institutions. The storyline is a testament to the ability of the human spirit to heal itself. Stars Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and Justin Braine. Directed by Scott Hicks.