The Piano Lesson

Directed by Ken Wardrop
  • Ireland
  • 90 mins
  • 2017
  • English

In Ireland over 30,000 piano students prepare for exams each year. In this surprisingly quirky and uplifting documentary, we are invited into the world of the piano lesson. The film examines the special bond between piano teachers and their pupils, shares in the students’ struggles and marvels at their teachers’ dedication. It is a film with buckets of charm and an endearing subtext. A film sure to make audiences who have never played the piano utterly envious and make others truly nostalgic.

Reel Art is an Arts Council scheme designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme. 

Ken Wardrop’s beautifully-observed look at the world of piano exams.

Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director

Filmmaker in Attendance

Director Ken Wardrop will attend this screening.