Mrs Carey’s concert is a documentary about a school music concert held at Sydney’s Opera House. This may not sound like th material for an exciting documentary film, but Mrs Carey’s concert has turned out to a winning film – inspirational and uplifting.
Mrs Carey is the director of music at MLC school inBurwood, Sydney. She has a vision for a concert where the girls achieve their best and gain from the experience of being part of an all school event. Much of the film is about Emily Sun and her encouragement to play the first movement of Bruch’s 1st violin concerto. Emily was a music scholar at MLC and was reluctant to be a soloist. The film shows her journey to leading the orchestra in the finale of the film.
But not all students were excited to be singing and being involved in the show. The film’s protagonist is Iris Shi – the disturbing influence amongst a group of Year 10 girls. Despite her insubordination, a touching moment of the film is seeing a close up of her at the concert singing and realising the significance of the event.
Our two daughters went to a girls school where music was a big part of school life. My wife and I saw the film together at Roseville Cinema and could relate strongly to the events in the film. Been there, done that – we thought! The standard of music at MLC is very high and many graduates have become professional musicians.
Mrs Carey’s Concert will be broadcast on ABC-TV 1 on Sunday 19th September 2011. I highly recommend you watch it.
More information on this links:
- Official Web site (DVD and soundtrack can be purchased. Soundtrack also available on iTunes)
- Watch David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz discuss the film
- MLC Burwood
- Emily Sun – finalist in the 2011 Young Performers Award