IndieCork feature: Making the Grade

IndieCork feature: Making the Grade 22Oct

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 a goal, but Grade Eight is the pinnacle. Endearing and uplifting, this documentary explores the bond between piano teacher and pupil as they struggle through these grades. 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.

“The ultimate feel good film” The Sunday World.

“This is truly life-affirming filmmaking” The Irish Independent.

“One of the great, affecting films about teaching” The Irish Times.


85 mins.

We’re delighted that award-winning director Ken Wardrop will be with us to introduce his latest film, supported by the Culture Ireland GB18 programme and Arts Council England.

We also recommend booking for IndieCork: New Irish Shorts before this feature and IndieCork: New Irish Shorts from Women on Tues 23 Oct 2018 (see listings).

Supported by the Culture Ireland GB18 programme and Arts Council England and in partnership with Picture House at FACT.




Image: still from Making the Grade, Ken Wardrop (detail only).

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22 October 2018

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The Box at FACT
88 Wood Street

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