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MAKING THE GRADE by Ken Wardrop & Sponsored by Sean Daly & Co
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. This is a story of the trans-formative 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
About the Director- Ken Wardrop
Ken is one of Ireland’s most recognised documentary voices. He owns the category he works in, creating powerfully emotional pieces through his own unique style. If a story needs to standout and genuinely leave an impression on the viewer, he has the proven directorial vision to deliver. Ken’s work has won accolades from the European Academy Awards to the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Some of his proudest achievements have been in his short form exploits most notably his Barnardos campaigns.
Ken studied filmmaking at the National Film School, IADT. His short films have screened at many of the worlds most prestigious festivals including Sundance and Cannes. He has presented retrospective programmes at the Cork International Film Festival, and at festivals in the UK, Croatia, The Netherlands and in Scandinavia. In 2008, his work received the Grand Prix Award at Sapporo International Film Festival in Japan.