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MAN OF STRINGS

Year: 1999

Classification: Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G

Runtime: 57 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: Gary Kildea

Produced By: Andrew Pike

Language: English

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This documentary by Gary Kildea, director of such ethnographic film classics as TROBRIAND CRICKET and CELSO AND CORA, is an intimate "family portrait" of a charismatic musician and the community of students and colleagues around him.

Czech-born violinist Jan Sedivka is one of a handful of post-war migrants who brought to this country priceless knowledge of the deepest European traditions in music. One of the most influential violinists and string teachers in Australia, Professor Sedivka is still, in his 80s, actively teaching and performing.

The film observes him at work and at his home in Tasmania, with his wife Beryl, also an outstanding musician and teacher, and their students.

FILMMAKER GARY KILDEA WINS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD! 2006 Festival Jury of the American Anthropological Association. [download pdf below for more information].

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