The ABC is thrilled to announce the television broadcast of the documentary Knowing The Score will premiere on Tuesday, 21 March at 9pm on ABC TV and ABC iview.

Executive produced by Academy Award-winning actress, Cate Blanchett, Knowing The Score gets up close and personal with celebrated Australian conductor Simone Young, a woman who has broken many glass ceilings within the male dominated world of classical music.

Cate Blanchett, Executive Producer says, “Simone Young is one of the world’s most significant and trailblazing maestros and it is a great privilege to be a small part of this insightful documentary that celebrates her life, her work, and her triumphant return to Sydney.”

This deeply personal doco captures Simone‘s triumphant return to Australia for her appointment as the first female Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2022.  Knowing The Score catches the build up to, and includes Simone‘s first performance at the reopening of the Sydney Opera House, emerging after two years from the shadow of COVID-19.

Simone‘s career’s many highs and lows go from young trailblazer to a woman midcareer and at the top of her game – until the shock rejection in 2005 from her own country when her contract is not renewed by Opera Australia in a blaze of humiliating headlines and media speculation.

Knowing The Score celebrates the tough but inspiring journey Simone Young has taken as a woman determined to be her best and reminds us how artists positively impact society.

Production credits: Knowing The Score is a Serendipity Production for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Principal production investment from Screen Australia in association with the ABC. Financed in association with Screen NSW, NDR Arte and Seelmann Films with philanthropy via Documentary Australia Foundation. Executive Producers Cate Blanchett, Georgie Black, Mitzi Goldman, Jonathan Page. Produced by Margie Bryant. Consultant Producer Michael Napthali. Written and Directed by Janine Hosking. ABC Manager Factual Julie Hanna, Acting ABC Head of Factual and Culture Richard Huddleston.

Knowing the Score – Tuesday 21 March, 2023 at 9pm on ABC and ABC iview

Media Release – ABC