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Facing the Music Image

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  • Summary: Anne Boyd, one of Australia's leading contemporary composers, teaches music at the publicly funded University of Sydney. This documentary chronicles a year in the life of an academic department that?s under the financial gun. (Film Forum)
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  1. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    Isn't only an outstanding documentary -- it's also a powerful personal drama.
  2. 90
    Uncompromising in her art, her teaching, and her professional relations, Boyd makes for a classic tough old bird of a character.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Peranson
    In a meticulous style that often appears offhanded, the directors chronicle Boyd's journey step-by-step, pausing to eavesdrop on the teacher talking to herself.
  4. An urgent, stirring story made all the more inspiring by the very ordinary nature of its subjects.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    If a year in the life of a university department head doesn't sound like the stuff of a riveting documentary, please allow this stirring film by husband and wife filmmakers Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson to change your mind.
  6. Often feels like two movies loosely sewn together. By far the most compelling of the two is its portrait of Ms. Boyd, a woman who for all her quirks and self-dramatizing flourishes, emerges as a noble spirit on the side of the angels.
  7. 63
    Makes a powerful case against the wisdom of budget cuts at universities everywhere.

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