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.


Hello David. How can Sylvia help?


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.


Sylvia Tony, Tony Sylvia.


What can we do for you, 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



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


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


Are you lost?


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

lost. How does that sound?

He sees the piano.


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.


Like hell baby.


Shut up, Sam.


(lurches towards SAM)

Hell baby, the Devil, Diablerie Sam baby!


Get outta here.

TONY is in fits of laughter '


David -


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

He moves towards it.


Could I play, you say, you say?


Why don't you tell Sylvia where you live?


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!


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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