DIRECTOR: Janine Hosking
AUSTRALIA / 2018
SUNDAU 12 MAY 1:00PM / CINEMA 2
FRIDAY 17 MAY 2:00PM / CINEMA 3
RUNNING TIME: 88 MINS
Inspired by former Prime Minister Paul Keating’s searing eulogy for Geoffrey Tozer, music educator Richard Gill explores the remarkable and tragic story of Australia’s greatest ever, and perhaps most overlooked, pianist.
-Melbourne International Film Festival
It is quite incredible to think that we had a world-renowned classical pianist in Australia, who achieved significant acclaim overseas, yet was largely ignored by his own country. This film delves into Geoffrey Tozer’s amazing story, conceived in Tasmania, born in India in 1954, child prodigy at age 8, deceased in Melbourne in 2009. The film draws from an incredible array of archival material including: photos, film footage, letters, diaries and drawings, plus interviews with people who knew Geoffrey well, all guided by Australia’s most celebrated music educator the late Richard Gill. The film exposes the politics of the arts industry, and unravels some of the truths and myths of Tozer’s extraordinary career. You will certainly be moved by his story of acclaim and neglect.