In cinemas October 10. Impressed by former Prime Minister #PaulKeating’s searing eulogy for #GeoffreyTozer, music educator Richard Gill explores the outstanding and tragic story of Australia’s greatest-ever, and maybe most missed, pianist.
Born in India however raised in Victoria, the late Geoffrey Tozer was a baby prodigy who performed with the Victorian Symphony Orchestra when he was 9 years outdated, and at 13 turned the youngest ever recipient of a Churchill Fellowship. He was a virtuoso pianist and improviser with an unprecedented repertoire, whose profession noticed him lauded around the globe. However in Australia he struggled to realize recognition, regardless of the well-documented patronage of then Treasurer Paul Keating. Tozer died in poverty in 2009, aged 54; at his memorial service, Keating delivered a characteristically unforgettable 45-minute tackle.
Supported by the MIFF Premiere Fund and drawing extensively on Tozer’s personal archives, #TheEulogy sees Keating re-stage his well-known funeral oration, round which director Janine Hosking (My Khmer Coronary heart) weaves an extended overdue commemoration for the under-appreciated musician. Composer Richard Gill AO goes on a journey to rediscover and restore Tozer’s historic legacy, whereas interviews with household and buddies provide revealing, beforehand un-earthed insights, into his life and loves.
“Tozer deserved to be remembered alongside the Australian triumvirate of Nellie Melba, Percy Grainger and Joan Sutherland.” – Paul Keating
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