About

Piano Lessons is a story about a boy, Craig O'Reilly, who is given a piano for his thirteenth birthday.  The piano was the only thing to survive the big fire at the Blue Moon Ballroom. By the end of the film we realise the piano probably caused the big fire.  because the piano is bad. it smokes, it drinks. It eats the family cat. It kills the school bully, Famous Fahey.

And when Craig, making his stage debut with the High Schol rock band, The Banshees, decides to use an electric organ rather than the piano, the piano..gets...MAD!

Technical Info: 
Colour, 35 mm
Duration: 
14min
Production Year: 
1990
Production Company: 
Toucan Films
Festival/Awards: 
1990 - Cinema Giovani, Wellington Film Festival, Auckland Film Festival. 1991 - Melbourne International Film Festival. 1994 - 'Best Short' Adelaide Children's Film Festival.
Sales Agent: 
NZ Film