New Documentary film by Portarlington filmmaker Ken Wardrop called Making the Grade opens nationwide and features characters from The Midlands and all over the country.
MAKING THE GRADE invites us into the world of the piano lesson. Every year teachers and students throughout Ireland prepare for graded musical exams. These exams can be pleasing for some but daunting for others. Each student has their own particular goal but reaching Grade Eight is considered a pinnacle. This endearing and uplifting documentary explores the bond between piano teachers and their pupils as they struggle through these grades. Directed by Ken Wardop, better known for IFTA Winning His and Hers and Sundance Winner Undressing My Mother – this is a story of the transformative power of music and the pride and happiness it provides both the students and teachers. It may inspire us all to keep making the grade.
Making The Grade opens locally in Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise on May 16th for 2 nights and is open nationwide at the moment.
“This is truly life-affirming filmmaking” 5 *****
– The Sunday Independent
”One of the great, affecting films about teaching” 4****
– Irish Times
”Gorgeous, gorgeous film- cannot recommend it highly enough”
– Alison Curtis, TodayFM
“Go see it, it’s fab”
– Dave Fanning
“Ken Wardrop’s latest documentary is as humorous as it is insightful” – 4****
– RTE GUIDE
“The Ultimate Feel Good Film” 4****
“Utterly charming. A celebration of music and the endearing bond between teacher and pupil” – 4****
– The Times