Shine script
Shine (1996)
Synopsis: Shine is a 1996 Australian biographical drama film based on the life of pianist David Helfgott, who suffered a mental breakdown and spent years in institutions. It stars Geoffrey Rush, Lynn Redgrave, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Noah Taylor, John Gielgud, Googie Withers, Justin Braine, Sonia Todd, Nicholas Bell, Chris Haywood and Alex Rafalowicz. The screenplay was written by Jan Sardi, and directed by Scott Hicks. The degree to which the film's plot reflects the true story of Helfgott's life is disputed. The film made its US premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Geoffrey Rush was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1997 for his performance in the lead role.

Sylvia

Hello David. How can Sylvia help?

David

Sylvia? Is it Sylvia? How are you Sylvia? Good to see

you, Sylvia.

He throws an arm around her neck as though greeting a

long-lost friend.

David

Sylvia Tony, Tony Sylvia.

Sylvia

What can we do for you, David?

David

Do for me, Sylvia, what, yes, got to stop talking, got to

stop, got to stop, it's a problem isn't it? Is it a

problem?

Sylvia

It's alright David; just tell Sylvia why you're here.

David

Ahhhh! Well it's a mystery, a mystery, a mystery -

Sylvia

Are you lost?

David

Am I lost? Perhaps that's it. I'm lost, I'm lost, I'm

lost. How does that sound?

He sees the piano.

David

Ooh you have a piano. Is that your piano, Sylvia?

Beautiful Sylvia,. Isn't Sylvia beautiful Tony? You too

Tony. Perhaps I could play it. Could I play it? You say,

you say.

Sam

Like hell baby.

Sylvia

Shut up, Sam.

David

(lurches towards SAM)

Hell baby, the Devil, Diablerie Sam baby!

SAM:

Get outta here.

TONY is in fits of laughter '

Sylvia

David -

David

Sylvia, such a beaitiful piano exquisite Sylvia, Sylvia-Tony.

He moves towards it.

David

Could I play, you say, you say?

Sylvia

Why don't you tell Sylvia where you live?

David

Live, Sylvia, ligve - live and let live - that's very

important isn't it? Molto, molto. But then again it's a

lifelong struggle, isn't it Sylvia-Tony, to live, to

survive, to survive undamaged and not destroy any living

breathing creature. The point is, if you do something wrong

you can be punished for the rest of your life so I think

it's a lifelong struggle; is it a lifelong struggle?

Whatever you do it's a struggle, a struggle to keep you head

above water and not get it chopped off. I'm not

disappointing you am I Sylvia-Tony-Moby-Sam, yay Sam!

EXT. STREETS - NIGHT

Sylvia's old Humber belts past in the heavy rain.

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Jan Sardi

Jan Sardi is an Australian screenwriter. In 1997 he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay), for Shine. He has also written and directed Love's Brother, and adapted The Notebook, based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks. Sardi also adapted Li Cunxin's Mao's Last Dancer, which film was released in 2009. more…

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