World-renowned Australian pianist and inspiration for the 1996 Academy Award Winning film, Shine, David Helfgott is returning to the UK on 13 October for a special concert event at London’s Cadogan Hall. It will only be David’s third time in the UK in the last 20-years.
To mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October, Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has partnered with Piu Entertainment to host the exclusive UK premiere of the 2015 documentary, Hello I am David! on 11 October at Jazz Café Posk in Hammersmith.
Directed by German writer, producer and director, Cosima Lange, the documentary follows David and his wife Gillian on his 2015 European tour. This documentary was created to allow us to see into David’s infectious passion and impulsiveness, providing a revealing insight into David’s charismatic personality as well as his adoration for and life in music.
The 71-year-old’s story is remarkable. David excelled during his time at the Royal College of Music, however after struggling with a breakdown and years in obscurity, he eventually recovered through the healing power of music and his love for his wife, Gillian, and fought his way back.
Conductor of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Matthias Foremny says in a scene from the documentary that:
“David doesn’t think in categories. David is human and David is positive, cheerful and sees the good in everything. The great fortune he now has, after the hardship he’s been through, is the joy in playing and in living, and that rubs off on everyone in the concert hall.”
David says in the film that:
“99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration. It is risky, but life is risky, and music’s part of life and music’s risky.”
This event is an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for HMUK and more importantly Mental Health in the music industry. After the film, there will be an opportunity at the screening to donate to the great work that HMUK does to support musicians, at any stage of their career, who may face similar difficulties to David.
Launched in December 2017, Music Minds Matter has trained support staff available at any time, day or night. It’s free, confidential and available across the UK.
Music Minds Matter offers emotional support, advice and information, signposting to other specialist services as well as additional support such as counselling and advice on benefits, debt and legal issues.
Tickets to the screening are a nominal £5.95 and can be purchased here.