Making the Grade

In Ireland over 30,000 students prepare for graded piano exams each year. Making The Grade is a musical journey through this demanding educational system from struggling beginners through to accomplished pianists. It is a stirring story of students’ musical passions and perseverance, of teachers' dedication and patience, of parental ambitions and of many more musical dramas.

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Ken Wardrop




Director: Ken Wardrop
Producer: Andrew Freedman
Cinematographer: Ken Wardrop
Editor: John O'Connor
Additional Credits: Production Co-Ordinator: Steve Battle, Researcher: Brian Raftery, Researcher: Seamus Waters


Public Film Contact
Andrew Freedman
Venom Films
+353 1 497 5980
Publicity Contact
Kara McLean
(310) 254-4934
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2017
Premiere Status: North American Premiere
Genre: Documentary, Family, Music
Screening Section: 24 Beats Per Second
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: ["Ireland"]
Language: English
Runtime: 86:28 mins