Hello I Am David!

Synopsis: David Helfgott says what he thinks, plays what he feels and touches in the truest sense of the word. The Oscar winning film SHINE was inspired by his life story and brought him world fame. In 1970 the Australian child prodigy pianist suffered a nervous breakdown. He spent 11 years in mental institutions. In HELLO I AM DAVID we embark on a journey to discover not only the concert pianist, but also experience his unique view on our world: a world of love, wonder and wisdom.
105 min


[David playing the piano fast]


[muttering indistinctly]

No structure, no structure.

[muttering indistinctly]

[ends by playing loudly]

[loud applause]

[melancholic piano music]

[David humming]

I'm David, I'm playing a concert tonight

and the next day. It's my birthday.

65... 65 in a couple of days.


...how things are going out there.

[Gillian] Isn't that a great place

to jump up and down, David?

And all the sunshine coming

through in the afternoon.

[David] That's true. It feels nice

with the sunshine here.

[David continues to mutter]

Trust, trust! Have trust.

I've got an important concert to play now.

[muttering indistinctly]

People come in all shapes and sizes.

Hello, hello, hello, I'm David.

Hello, darling.

There's some tea over there. Can I have

some for my pocket? The chai, the tea.

-Tea, yes?

-For my pocket. Can I? Thank you.

[continues muttering]

D'you want to go and look at

the view a bit more? Come on.

Things are better now.


You want to dance alone?

-No, you can't dance alone.

-Aww, but you can.

Can we dance alone? Can you dance alone?

Well, but don't you need people?

Don't you need each other?

[continues muttering]

[soft piano music playing]

[music changes to orchestra]

[piano becomes louder]

[melodic piece playing]

Gosh, this reminds me...

1997, and...

-remember when we went to Canada?

-The snowstorm, yes.

-Canada? Yeah, of course I do.

-And no, we drove...

we drove from New York up to, uh...

-To Montreal, wasn't it?


-The roof of the world.

-And remember all the--

Yes, and the taxi driver who didn't

stop talking, who chatted and chatted.

That's right, yes.

So if you'd like to give me your rubbish?

[Gillian exhales loudly]

[Gillian] All the poor people on the bus

have come for a lovely bus tour.

It's an atmospheric sort of a...

Well it's quite atmospheric.

But I wouldn't want to live in it.

Not, me.

I'd rather have-- I'll have sunshine.

Hello, what's your name?

Sophia? Hello. Are you from here?

Oh, good.

-Hello. Who's this?


Aida. Are you from here?


-Oh good.

Tazin? Oh, hello, Tazin!

-What's your name? Victoria?


Would that be English? Well anyway...

-Oh, it depends I guess.

-That's all right I guess.


Oh, hello, David.

-You from here?

-Yeah, Sweden.

-Oh, good. Sweden?


[applause inside]

[applause continues]

[speaking inaudibly over the applause]

[starts playing a few keys softly]

[speaking inaudibly throughout]

[music softly fading]

[seagulls chirping]

Being an astrologer,

and my astrology colleagues in Sydney,

all knew that someone very important

was going to come into my life.

So each time I came back from a cruise,

they said to me, "Have you met him yet?"


So when I got on the plane to go to--

let's see-- November of '83,

I just knew intuitively that something

momentous was going to happen in my life.

So... because of the

understanding of astrology.

I was able to...

embrace the situation

without fear or trepidation, because...

I knew that the dear planet Jupiter

conjuncting my Sun was bringing

a very important relationship

into my life.

And so when people say how could you

have possibly made this decision.

I just knew it was the right one.

And that is huge blessing in life.

To know with certainty what you're

doing, that is your right path.

[Gillian] It wasn't one that I would

necessarily have chosen,

I mean David had $200, a cane basket

and a worn out radio...

when we decided to live together.

So it wasn't a materialistic

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