Shine Hilary And Jackie

1998
  |  218 min
Rated 15 by the BBFC

Synopsis

Double bill of musical biopics. 'Shine' tells the true story of pianist David Helfgott. In Australia in the 1950s, child prodigy David (an Oscar-winning Geoffrey Rush) is pushed too hard by his father, Peter. He catches the attention of music tutor Ben Rosen, who teaches David for free. Ben encourages David to learn Rachmaninov's 3rd Concerto, but Peter forbids it, thinking that the piece is too complex. When David departs for a scholarship at the Royal College of Music, London, Peter severs all ties with his son. As the young musician comes to perform the Rachmaninov he collapses, suffering a nervous breakdown. 'Hilary and Jackie' focuses on the life of cellist Jacqueline du Pré (Emily Watson), focusing upon her turbulent relationship with her family. Sister Hilary (Rachel Griffiths) exhibits almost as much musical talent as a child, but decides to eschew fame for a more conventional life, marrying conductor Kiffer Kinzi (David Morrissey). Jackie, meanwhile, quickly rises through the ranks on the international concert circuit and becomes engaged to renowned pianist Daniel Barenboim (James Frain). However, at the pinnacle of Jackie's success, tragedy strikes - her fingers begin to numb, her ability to play diminishes, and her mental state becomes ever more precarious.

Passed '15' for occasional strong language and moderate sex
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