Rebel Of The Keys


Liz Smith

The Play Through

One of our first days of shooting took place at The Welsh National Opera where we heard a play through of Andre’s opera, The Merchant of Venice, for the very first time.  This was the first indication we had as to what the opera might sound like, and marked for us the beginning of a two year journey in the filming of the documentary.

Meeting Halinka

In the making of this documentary we met some extraordinary and fascinating characters, but one of the most precious moments was when we finally met Halinka Janowska, Andre’s closest friend for many years.  Their relationship was tumultuous at times and much has been captured in their letters to one another.  Sitting in her small flat in Warsaw, hearing her recount her memories of Andre, full of emotion and warmth, was a great privilege.

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