Story

Mrs Carey’s Concert is a documentary about Mrs Carey, a music director at a Sydney girls school. The movie records how Mrs Carey and her staff prepare their students for a concert at the Sydney Opera House.

Mrs Carey sets dauntingly high standards for performance and commitment. The pressure is on students to push themselves to their capacity, but not all students share Mrs Carey’s passion for music and the event. Many students rebel and play up at rehearsals. This is a challenge for the teaching team. But for some students the process turns out to be a life-changing event.

Themes

Dealing with the past death of a family member; truancy; stress and anxiety

Violence

This movie has some violence. For example, a teacher slaps a student in a good-natured way.

Content that may disturb children

Under 8

In addition to the violent scene mentioned above, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under eight. For example:

  • Students get into trouble, and teachers tell them off.
  • Students cry because of the pressure to perform well.

From 8-13

Younger children in this age group might also be disturbed by scenes of students in trouble and under pressure.

Over 13

Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this movie.

Sexual references

This movie has some sexual references. For example, characters talk about girls ‘hanging out’ with boys and going away with them for the weekend.

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

This movie has some references to substance use. For example:

  • Violin student Emily talks to a teacher about how other students have accused Emily of selling drugs.
  • One of the teachers jokes that she should give a scotch to a student to help her calm down.

Nudity and sexual activity

Nothing of concern

Product placement

Nothing of concern

Coarse language

This movie has some mild and infrequent coarse language.

Ideas to discuss with your children

Mrs Carey’s Concert is a documentary about school students who experience personal growth through pursuing their dreams with the support of their teachers. It is a heartfelt record of the journey for the teachers and students alike.

The main message of the movie is that if you put in enough effort and fully commit to your goals, you can achieve things you might not have thought possible.

Values in this movie that you might want to encourage in your children include being committed and working hard, supporting friends when they need you, and respecting your teachers.

You could also talk about the following issues:

  • truanting from school
  • lying to parents and teachers
  • disrupting class and getting in the way of others students’ learning
  • acting in risky ways.