REVIEWS

Vancouver International Film Festival

"Irresistible, loving documentary…wonderfully liberating allowing us to be thrown
into the musical journey of the young performers...
...the story told is nuanced"

(read full review)  by Kris Rothstein

At the MovIES

David Stratton   Margaret Pomerantz  

D: "Magnificent.. Astonishing...  hugely entertaining... incredibly inspirational!"

M: "Really very touching"

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SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

"richly anecdotal and consistently enthralling...well worth every exhillarating minute"

Read full review By Sandra Hall

 

LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE MAY 2011 

"An absolute beauty... a pleasure to watch ... fantastic ... warm ... hilarious!!"

 Read full review  by Fernella Kernabone

 

THE AUSTRALIAN April 2011

Feature Article

"...one might expect impressionable teenage girls to be among the first to adapt their behaviour when in the camera's gaze. Not so in Mrs Carey's Concert, to such charming effect that viewers can see younger versions of themselves in the mischief, camaraderie and conflict on screen.

 Read full article  by Michael Bodey

 

 VARIETY FEB 2011

"A glorious hymn to music and education  … a riveting drama...

"Mrs. Carey's Concert" has perfect pitch"

Read full review  by Russell Edwards

 

Screen Daily Feb 2011

"A revealing look at modern education, as “ratbag kids” turn into thinking, feeling adults

before your very eyes...

It’s impossible not be deeply involved in Emily’s butterfly-like arrival from her adolescent cocoon"

by Frank Hatherly

 

SCreen Hub FEb 2011

"This is a lovely film … which gripped its audience like a enthusiastic teenager…we all just wanted to watch for 90 minutes...

"...we laughed and gasped at every twist and turn.... (as a)  bunch of modern young women confront themselves, test their courage, find their emotional resources to open their hearts to the music, their destiny and a civilisation.True dinks  ...the audience went berserk. "

Read full reveiw  by David Tiley

 

THE MONTHLY

"The film’s eloquent message is that the privilege lies not in the Sydney Opera House, nor in the avenues of MLC – it lies instead in having teachers such as these"

Read full reveiw  by Anna Goldsworthy

 

THE AGE, MELBOURNE

"The Best Australian film this year"

By Jake Wilson

 

THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

"...delicately observed... Mrs Carey is not so much a music teacher as a force of nature"

by Ron Banks

 

The Mercury, Tasmania

“Between the remarkable musical performances and the tender, insightful human moments,

I was not prepared for how much this film would affect me”

by Tim Martain

 

THE FINANCIAL REVIEW

"... will strike your heart without resort to melodrama... a witty, joyful and entrancing film"

By Michael Crayford

 

THE CANBERRA TIMES

"It's a welcome experience to see an Australian story on screen, and a positive one at that"

by Cris Kennedy

 

THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, SYDNEY 

"A documentary film that deserves a standing ovation"

by Nick Dent

 

THE EXAMINER, PERTH

"The beauty of the film lies in its authenticity and the rawness of erractic emotional teenagers. It reduced me to  a bag of tears..."

By Brenda Chew

 

ABC ONLINE MARCH 2011

"This heart warming film explores the influence of dedicated and inspirational teachers

on the lives of their students, the awesome power of music, and the magic that can happen

when you truly open yourself to its potency."

"The film is beautifully structured to build to a sublime climax which doesn't disappoint."

"A perfectly pitched and inspirational film to be enjoyed by the whole family"

By Deb Tribe

 

Cut Print Reveiw Feb 2011

"Witty, warm and rousing  ...edited and soundmixed to perfection"

by Andres Wotzke