invincible summers

in the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer. (albert camus)

David Helfgott-a beautiful man April 16, 2009

Filed under: ECT,film,hope,inspiration,life,love — clementine @ 2:03 am

Years ago I watched the film Shine several times. Tonight my swain and I watched it together and I felt like posting a couple of clips-one of the real David Helfgott and the other is the trailer from 1996.

from wikipedia:

When he was nineteen, he won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in London, England for three years, where he studied under Cyril Smith. During his time in London he began showing more definite manifestations of mental illness. His doctor in Australia, Chris Reynolds, whom he met some twenty years later, said that he suffers from an acute anxiety neurosis. He returned to Perth in 1970, and married his first wife, Clara, in 1971. He also took part in several Australian Broadcasting Corporation concerts. After his marriage broke down he was institutionalised in Graylands, a Perth mental hospital. Over the next ten years, he underwent psychiatric treatment which included psychotropic medication and electroconvulsive therapy.

Today, David Helfgott now lives in “The Promised Land”, a valley near Bellingen in New South Wales with his second wife, Gillian. He continues to perform concerts at his home. His other interests include cats, chess, philosophy, tennis, swimming and keeping fit in general.


3 Responses to “David Helfgott-a beautiful man”

  1. giannakali Says:

    I loved this movie too! thanks for the reminder…and introducing me to the real man!

  2. Stan Says:

    Dearest come-out-come out-who-ever-you-r:

    I really liked this film also, Jeffery Rush did a fantastic job in the lead role.

    David Helfgott should be an inspiration for all on what can be overcome if your spirit for life is not drowned out in the deep pools of oppression.

    One of those nice lift your spirits post. {sending you a genuine thumbs up – from “Starman” – LMAO}

    Your bloggery Pal,
    Secret Penguin Man

  3. Marianne Says:

    I came across this whilst idly surfing David’s name. I have enjoyed watching Shine several times. This post was a real delight. Thank you.

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