MAKING THE GRADE
Documentary Feature | 83 minutes

This film played at HIFF 2018
on 10/5/2018 and 10/7/2018
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Directed By
Ken Wardrop

Produced By
Andrew Freedman

Written By
Ken Wardrop


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East Coast Premiere

2017 | English | Ireland

Across Ireland every year, 30,000 students prepare for the piano exams that will determine whether they proceed in their studies towards the coveted Grade Eight—considered the pinnacle of musical education. Spanning generations, proficiency levels, and a multitude of perspectives, documentarian Ken Wardrop provides a panoramic look at students working to define their relationship with both the piano and the teachers guiding them forward. MAKING THE GRADE is simultaneously a charming study of teacher-student relationships, an enduring tribute to the importance of perseverance, and a nostalgic look at the different ways people finds fulfillment through the arts.