Element Pictures Distribution has released the trailer for  Irish documentary filmmaker Ken Wardrop’s latest feature Making the Grade, which they will release in cinemas from April 13th.

Wardrop’s signature style once again shines through in these heart-warming and life-affirming tales of students and their beloved piano teachers.

Making the Grade invites us into the world of the piano lesson. Every year teachers and students throughout Ireland prepare for graded musical exams. These exams can be pleasing for some but daunting for others. Each student has their own particular goal but reaching Grade Eight is considered a pinnacle. This endearing and uplifting documentary explores the bond between piano teachers and their pupils as they struggle through these grades. This is a story of the transformative power of music and the pride and happiness it provides both the students and teachers. It may inspire us all to keep making the grade.

The film marks the third time that EPD and Venom productions have worked together. In 2012 EPD released Wardrop’s much-loved box-office hit His & Hers and last year released the IFTA-winning Mom & Me.

Making the Grade is directed by Ken Wardrop and produced by Andrew Freedman. It is a Reel Arts film funded by the Arts Council. The film played the 2017 Audi Dublin International Film Festival under its original title The Piano Lesson, and will have its North American premiere at SXSW next month.

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