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Source:  The Conversation

How could one of the greatest pianists that Australia has ever produced die lonely, neglected, and impoverished in a dilapidated house in suburban Melbourne?

“The Eulogy,” a documentary written and directed by Janine Hosking examines the life, career, and tragic death of Australian concert pianist Geoffrey Tozer, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 54 from liver disease.

The film begins with former Australian prime minister Paul Keating reading the now-infamous eulogy he delivered at Tozer’s memorial a decade ago.  The speech, which starts out as a celebration of the pianist’s life and achievements, culminates in an attack on Australia’s cultural establishment.

Keating speaks of the arts in Australia as riven with “bitchiness and preference” and “inverted snobbery.”  He accuses the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras of treating Tozer with “indifference and contempt” and suggests the people “who had charge in the selection of artists during this period should hang their heads in shame.”

“The Eulogy” made its world premiere at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival.

Read the story at The Conversation.


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