We finished the film today and then as a class we discussed some of the connections from it and Erikson's stages of Psychosocial development.
In each of the first seven stages there is clear evidence of maladaptations in David Helfgott. Remember that I said that it is impossible to attribute each psychological "flaw" exclusively to his failed relationship with his father, but there is evidence of connections - for example Helfgott was never praised for trying to win piano competitions but was always ridiculed for trying but not winning filling him with shame and doubt and diminishing his autonomy as he grew older. This finally ended up in David simply leaving his family against his father's wishes, beating and the threat to disown his son (which he did!).
Here's the assignment handout for the Shine Assignment (Erikson).