The Eulogy 15+, unless accompanied by an adult
South Australian Premiere
‘Geoffrey Tozer’s death is a national tragedy.’ - The Hon. Paul Keating
Geoffrey Tozer was one of Australia’s most brilliant, prolific and least understood pianists. From child prodigy to youngest-ever semi-finalist at the famous Leeds Piano Competition, he dazzled audiences around the world. As an adult Geoffrey Tozer continued to perform in Australia and internationally but for a career that promised and delivered so much, Tozer’s end was shocking. At his memorial service in 2009, Paul Keating delivered a searing eulogy, a gauntlet flung into the face of Australia’s media, politicians and arts institutions for their brutal indifference. Intrigued by Keating’s controversial eulogy, conductor and music educator Richard Gill goes on a journey to discover the truth of Tozer’s tumultuous life. The epic tale and musical legacy of one of the greatest pianists Australia never really knew is finally revealed—and it should start a long overdue conversation of how much we value the work of the artists among us.
Filmmakers, Janine Hosking, Trish Lake and Katey Grusovin in attendance on Sunday 21st October.
Director Janine Hosking | Producer Trish Lake, Janine Hosking, Katey Grusovin | Screenwriter Katey Grusovin | Cinematographer Rod Pollard | Cast Geoffrey Tozer, Richard Gill AO | Distributor Madman
Janine Hosking won a Walkley Award in 1997 for her television report Tjandamurra. Her other career highlights include feature length documentaries My Khmer Heart (2001), Mademoiselle and the Doctor (2004), Ganja Queen (2007), I’m Not Dead Yet (2011) and 35 Letters (2014). She also executive produced and directed The Memorial, (2014), a five part series on the Australian War Memorial for Foxtel’s History Channel.