The Eulogy

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The Eulogy

Venue Raffertys Theatre
Dates 04 January - 12 January 2020
Category Cinema Screening

Directed by Janine Hosking

‘Geoffrey Tozer’s death is a national tragedy.’ – The Hon. Paul Keating

‘Geoffrey was a great ambassador for his nation’s culture. Much of the time it must have felt to him as if his nation didn’t care.’– Norman Lebrecht, French Music Critic

The Eulogy is a feature documentary, which for the first time unravels the truths and myths behind the life and career of one of Australia’s most brilliant, prolific and least understood concert pianists, Geoffrey Tozer.  As an 8-year-old child prodigy the world was Geoffrey Tozer’s oyster. From the time that he was the youngest ever semi-finalist at the famous Leeds Piano Competition, he dazzled audiences around the world.

As an adult Geoffrey Tozer continued to perform in Australia and internationally but for a career that promised and delivered so much, Tozer’s end was shocking.  At his memorial service in 2009, Tozer’s friend and former Prime Minister, Paul Keating delivered a searing eulogy, painting a haunting picture of a lonely genius shunned by the Australian musical establishment during the final years of his life.

Intrigued by Keating’s controversial eulogy and spurred to find out what went wrong with Tozer’s career, esteemed conductor and music educator Richard Gill goes on a journey to discover the man behind Keating’s eulogy. Richard’s first steps begin at the Estate of Geoffrey Tozer, where in a humble backyard shed is an archive that contains thousands of drawings, photographs, letters and diaries documenting every aspect of Tozer’s tumultuous life. Gill also meets with members of Tozer’s family, inner circle and musical colleagues who have never before spoken publicly about the pianist. The epic tale and musical legacy of one of the greatest pianists Australia never really knew is finally revealed.

M – Occasional coarse language

Music Performed by Geoffrey Tozer
Presented by Richard Gill, AO
Directed and Edited by Janine Hosking
Produced by Janine Hosking, Katey Grusovin, Trish Lake
Writers Janine Hosking, Katey Grusovin
Co -Writer Richard Gill, AO
Executive Producer Shaun Miller
Co -Producer Daniel Schultz
Associate Producer Katrina McGowan
Director of Photography Rod Pollard
Field Director Katrina McGowan
Voice of Veronica Tozer Rachael Blake
Voice of Geoffrey Tozer Mark Kilmurry
Young Veronica Tozer Rebecca Chambers
Young Geoffrey Tozer Fox McMaster

Featuring The Honourable Paul Keating, Geoffrey Tozer, Richard Gill
Tozer Estate Researcher and Story Consultant Peter Wyllie Johnston
Research Katey Grusovin, Jane Grusovin, Janine Hosking, Katrina McGowan
Animation Fifty Fifty Films
Animation ProducerPaul Butler
Animation Creative Director Andres Gomez Isaza
Offline Editing iKandy Films
Offline Post Production Supervisor Stephen Hopes
Post production Facility Cutting Edge


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1 hour 53 minutes (No interval)

Ticket Prices

Concession $9
30 & Under $9
Concession $12
30 & Under $12

Transaction fees apply

Screen $1.65