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Hello I Am David!

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After the Oscar-winning film Shine told the story of his extraordinary life, concert pianist David Helfgott achieved world fame as a unique artistic personality.

Hello I am David! is the first documentary about this exceptional pianist; a wunderkind whose career seemed to be over after a nervous breakdown. Yet through the healing power of music and his great love for his wife Gillian, he fought his way back to life and the concert stage. Witness David Helfgott's infectious passion and impulsiveness, as he plays what he feels, says what he thinks and touches people in the truest sense of the word.

Pure and direct in both his playing and character – this moving, inspiring film gives us a revealing insight into David Helfgott's personality and life in music. Yet Hello I am David! is above all a film about love: the love of life, the love of music and the compelling love between two people who are as enchanting as they are seemingly dissimilar.

“...Helfgott conveys a joyful buoyancy that nods to past misfortune but speaks to a current contentment”