Philip Glass is one of the most prolific and influential modern music composers. His operas, symphonies, concertos and film scores have been equally celebrated and derided. Glass himself jokes that his music is, “So radical that I could be mistaken for an idiot”. For 18 months Australian director Scott Hicks (Shine) had unrestricted access to Glass’ personal and professional life to make this extraordinary documentary.
Released in 1997, Martin Scorsese’s Kundun never received the audience that it deserved. The producing studio’s parent company Disney barely promoted it due to economic pressures from the Chinese government. Hardly surprising since Kundun depicts the 14th Dalai Lama’s bewildering childhood and subsequent conflict with Communist China that resulted in him fleeing to India.