Highly Strung (2015)



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"Highly Strung" A story of passion...of obsession...and possession A journey into a rarefied world of elusive tones evoked by horsehair on catgut, of investors lured to spend millions on unique instruments. The deadly sins of lust, jealousy and greed jostle with the purity of philanthropy and sonic perfection. A duel of tension and harmony in a Quartet of youthful virtuosi expanding their skills on a clutch of rare Guadagninis. An exploration of the mystery and the lost, delicate art of constructing these robust masterpieces Exquisite imagery will illuminate a complex history of enduring instruments and their temporary custodians. And then there's the music!

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Fascinating, surprisingly absorbing documentary about the formation of the new Australian String Quartet...But what starts out as a straightforward doco morphs into Spinal Tap With Strings when personality differences threaten to break up the band.

Dec 26, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

When they have to return the Guadagninis, it's like they're surrendering a loved child, and the extreme emotion is either heart-rending (if you're a devotee of classical music and high culture) or perhaps ever-so-subtly funny.

Jul 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Hicks was there at the right time and place to capture some truly weird and remarkable twists and turns amongst the ensemble. As they say, "you couldn't make this stuff up".

May 24, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The film is rarely staid and it is ego, whether endowed by the instruments or not, that often shines through in the overly busy structure that leaps from one tangent to the next.

May 23, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Music lovers will find plenty to enjoy in this intriguing film.

May 20, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

While the chamber music on the soundtrack rarely becomes central in its own right, Highly Strung is constructed like a piece of music, divided into movements and weaving together multiple themes.

May 20, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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