The Little Box that sings.
This is a film that I made towards the end of my time as head of documentaries at the ABC in Sydney, that is around 1999. The idea came from my wife, Katerina, who had violinists in her family. The film explores the efforts of a wonderful violinist and teacher, Charmian Gadd, to sell Australian violins through a shop she’s just acquired in Sydney.
It’s hard going because everybody wants Italian violins, but there are some bright spots and it’s a touching story as we meet great talent who was playing most beautifully on whatever is at hand. It’s hard to believe these fragile little boxes can produce not only such lovely sound, but are loud enough to fill great auditoriums. This film was very popular on the ABC.