However, his father denied him permission, on the grounds that he was not ready for independence (and presumably the indications of mental illness). When he was nineteen, he won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in London, England for three years, where he studied under Cyril Smith. During his time in London he began showing more definite manifestations of mental illness. His doctor in Australia, Chris Reynolds, whom he met some twenty years later, said that he suffers from an acute anxiety neurosis. He returned to Perth in 1970, and married his first wife, Clara, in 1971. He also took part in several Australian Broadcasting Corporation concerts.
After his marriage broke down he was institutionalised in Graylands, a Perth mental hospital. Over the next ten years, he underwent psychiatric treatment which included psychotropic medication and electroconvulsive therapy. Helfgott's life inspired the Oscar-winning film, Shine, directed by Scott Hicks and starring Geoffrey Rush and Noah Taylor. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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|Prelude in G Sharp Minor, Op. 32 No. 12|
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