SBS ONE, Saturday, 9.30pm, PG ( 1996)
Writer- director Scott Hicks spent the most part of a decade in pre- production of his life- affirming story of musical prodigy David Helfgott. Pushed to breaking point by an overbearing father ( Armin Müeller- Stahl) during his adolescence, the tortured soul eventually finds peace, and true love, as an adult. Hicks details this tragic father- son power struggle with an accumulated series of crushing episodes. Sharing the central role, Geoffrey Rush ( above) and Noah Taylor deliver virtuoso performances that should leave you no less than flabbergasted. The concert piano sequences are breathtaking.