About me

brett aplinI am an AFI and Australian Screen Music Award winning screen composer who fell in love with film music via the wonderful scores to old Warner Bros cartoons. A classically trained pianist, I won the 2000 Annual Pete Carpenter Fellowship (BMI Foundation, NYC) and travelled to Los Angeles to work with Emmy and Grammy award-winning television composer Mike Post, where I composed music for Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and generally couldn’t believe my luck. Needless to say, this officially launched my film scoring career.

Since then I have scored more than 40 documentary films, series and features, many of them highly acclaimed and awarded internationally, three children’s drama series, award winning short films, a dramatic feature film and even a prime time game show for Network Ten! My music has been heard locally on ABC1, SBS, Network Ten and internationally on BBC, National Geographic, Animal Planet, The History Channel, ZDF, Discovery, Netflix and many more.

I have been nominated for five APRA Australian Screen Music Awards, winning ‘Best Music for a Documentary’ for Tiger Dynasty (2012) and ‘Best Music for a Short Film’ for Lucy Wants to Kill Herself (2009). I have also been awarded an Australian Film Institute (now AACTA) Award for my work on Rare Chicken Rescue in 2008, received an AFI nomination for my contribution to the acclaimed documentary A Thousand Encores: the Ballets Russes in Australia in 2010, and an AACTA nomination for James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D last year.

I have recently concluded work on the 3rd season of the 16-part drama series Mako Mermaids for Netflix, Network Ten and ZDF, and scored the feature documentary Freedom Stories which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival last year followed by a theatrical release. I am currently working on the new 6-part series Todd Sampson’s Body Hack premiering on Oct 4th on Network TEN, and soon after on Discovery Networks International.

Oct 2016

My scores for film have been heard on the following broadcasters and more…