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Margan's Musical Move

Short Film (Full Length) – 1971

In this 1971 film pianist Barry Margan ‘humps’ his grand piano around NZ, on a mission to bring classical piano to places where it might not typically be heard. Aiming to break down barriers to enjoying live chamber music, Margan plays his pop-up piano (including Douglas Lilburn’s ‘Sonatina’) at coffee bars, libraries and art galleries. The trailer-borne grand is not easy to set up, but the audiences (from soldiers to children) are willing. Narrated by Margan, this was the last film in the National Film Unit's three decade-spanning Pictorial Parade magazine series.

It’s a little bit different from the usual type of tour ... I’m taking my own grand piano, to take music to places where normally this sort of music wouldn’t be presented.
– Barry Margan

Key Cast & Crew

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Barry Margan

Narrator, Subject

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Ron Bowie

Producer

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John Van der Reyden

Sound

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Kit Rollings

Sound

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John Hoyle

Camera

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Geoffrey Scott

Executive Producer

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