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Director Scott Hicks lines up a shot through his viewfinder on actor Geoffrey Rush

1996

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

Shine (1996), directed by Scott Hicks
Hicks spent ten years researching and co-writing this drama based on pianist David Helfgott's life story. For Hicks, this moment 'was my first glimpse that Geoffrey had found the real character of David Helfgott, and the joy of this moment was fabulous'. Rush, who was just beginning his film career, painstakingly prepared for the role and had told Hicks: 'When I find the character, I'll never lose it.' It was young photographer Lisa Tomasetti's first day taking stills on a feature: 'I just remember that being quite a brilliant shoot.' Shine was nominated for seven Academy Awards, and Rush won the 1997 Best Actor Oscar for his performance.

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  • Title: Director Scott Hicks lines up a shot through his viewfinder on actor Geoffrey Rush
  • Date Created: 1996
  • Rights: Courtesy Momentum Films. National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

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