News and reviews

May 11, 2008

Quick update. ‘Rare Chicken Rescue‘ garnered some wonderful reviews when it aired this week. Here are just a couple (the rest are on my main RCR page)…

“A beautiful, simple tale about one man’s love of rare-breed chickens and how that love redeemed him from chronic depression…. funny, heartfelt, and surprisingly moving.” Sunday Age, Melbourne. 4 May 2008

“With a whimsical style reminiscent of Errol Morris (The Fog of War) and Mark Lewis (Cane Toads), writer-director-cinematographer Randall Wood has laid a beauty.” Sydney Morning Herald. May 2008

Also, I just found out that a stunning 2.6 million Britons tuned in to watch Ten Pound Poms when it screened on BBC2’s prestigious Timewatch slot in early February this year. Given that the Timewatch slot usually averages an audience of 1.8 million, this made Ten Pound Poms one of the most watched Timewatch documentaries ever screened.

Furthermore,’ Poms’ has been selected to screen at this years 55th Sydney International Film Festival and has been nominated for Best Community Documentary for this years Dendy Awards which is wonderful news! Congratulations Lisa Matthews and Essential Media!

‘Rare Chicken Rescue’ screens this Tuesday 6th May at 8pm on ABC1

May 4, 2008

dying and dancing with birds2 - rare chicken rescueRare Chicken Rescue screens this week which is great to see. Tune in if you can and you can download the flyer from the Film Australia website here. Still waiting on Innocence to screen (come on SBS!).

Still working on Rogue Nation for Essential Media and the ABC. I’ve seen it mentioned several times in the press so there should be quite a bit of interest when it screens (later this year?). I’ll put a page up when we’ve all finished working on the film.

New pages for ‘Secrets of the Forbidden City’ and ‘Rare Chicken Rescue’

March 13, 2008

Just added pages for Secrets of the Forbidden City and Rare Chicken Rescue including new music and pictures. I will eventually add new pictures to the flash player on each of the pages, however for now it’s just these two, and Over My Dead Body.

Unfortunately, unless you have The History Channel on pay TV (or a relative in the UK to record it for you!) you won’t get to see Secrets of the Forbidden City. In time perhaps I’ll post some footage – it looks amazing, truly. You will however hopefully see Rare Chicken Rescue in the next few months on the ABC.

About to begin work on an exciting 2-part docu-drama called Rogue Nation for Essential Media and the ABC to be directed by Peter Andrikidis and Lisa Matthews. I’ll keep you posted.

What a year! – And topped off with a ‘Best Music’ nomination…

January 30, 2008

A belated Happy New Year to you all. Well, it’s been a busy 3 or 4 months.

lady cui's first night - secrets of the forbidden cityI have just finished a feature-length docu-drama called Secrets of the Forbidden City for director Mark Lewis and Lion Television (UK) commissioned by BBC and The History Channel. This is truly an awesome film beautifully shot on location in China, and I hope to have a page with some more information up shortly. This is the most ambitious film I’ve ever worked on and the score reflects the scale of the production. So much fun with this one! – More to come including some music…

I also received my first nomination for the APRA – AGSC Screen Music AwardsBest Music for a Documentary for The Floating Brothel. I know it was a large field this year so this was a great honour. The awards were held on 27th November in Sydney and while I didn’t win (the award went to the outstanding ‘Bomb Harvest’ composed by Caitlin Yeo) it was a great night, and a hilarious ceremony hosted by H. G. Nelson. Check out the list of nominations and winners here.

Ten Pound Poms screened on the ABC on 1st November and is scheduled to screen in 3 days on the Timewatch program on BBC2 in the U.K. on Sat 2 Feb, 8:20pm. The film has also just been released on locally on DVD and is available to buy at ABC shops and other decent outlets here.

Over My Dead Body screened on the ABC on 15th November.

In between I completed original music for Rare Chicken Rescue for Randall Wood and Freshwater Productions to be sceened on the ABC later in the year (page to come)

runaway vaccuum cleaner - lucy wants to kill herselfI am currently working on the Film Victoria funded animation Lucy Wants to Kill Herself for Andrea and Craig Brookes of Blue Dahlia Films. I’ll have much more to say on this project over the next month or two but it’s looking amazing!

Three more docos added

September 28, 2007

Apologies for the long lag between updates. What with our little man now 11 months old we barely have time to scratch ourselves. Still, I’ve added a few new pages for Innocence (dir Dennis K Smith for Handmade Productions), Ten Pound Poms (dir Lisa Matthews for Essential Media) and Over My Dead Body (dir Ian Walker, for VizPoets). Each of these excellent documentaries should screen later this year and I have uploaded plenty of music for you to listen to on each of their respective pages. The only one I have a confirmed screening date for is ‘Poms’ which screens on the ABC Thursday 1st November – ages away I know but I’ll remind you all as it approaches. Three great mixes in a row too which I’m very pleased about.

Also finished a DVD for Duraloid promoting the Silk Cut Award for linocut prints (dir Miriam Johnson)

herman goes to folsom - innocence
taking advantage of the scheme - ten pound poms
Ten Pound Poms
kidney transplant - over my dead body
Over My Dead Body

Busy times…

June 26, 2007

peter recounts the alleged crime - innocenceFinished the documentary Innocence: The Dark Side of DNA to screen on SBS later in the year. When I get some time I’ll put a page up for it. Also done a short film called ‘Message for Humanity’ for the launch of the Australian hosting of USCs visual history archive.

Currently working on Over My Dead Body, a documentary by Ian Walker and VizPoets for the ABC, and the documentary Ten Pound Poms for Lisa Matthews, Essential Media, ABC and the BBC. Exciting times and will post a proper update when I have the chance.

‘Neil Perry: High Steaks’ screens Monday 21st May @ 9pm

March 14, 2007

Here comes another long overdue update…

rockpool finally opens - neil perry high steaks
I’ve just finished a 3-part documentary series for Essential Media to be screened on the Lifestyle Channel called ‘Neil Perry: High Steaks‘. Director Ruth Cullen followed celebrity chef Neil Perry of Rockpool fame for over a year during which deals were broken, restaurants were closed, hats were lost, babies were born, and Neil embarked on his most ambitious venture, Rockpool Bar and Grill at Melbourne’s Crown Casino.

Neil Perry: High Steaks screens on the Lifestyle channel Monday 21st May at 9pm, and on the following two Mondays. Of course, being pay-TV you really can’t miss it as it additionally screens at the following times. Check out the promo here.

In other news, Welcome to Wonderland was selected to screen at the Byron Bay Film Festival. I hope some of you ended up making it! A few reviews and more info about the film generally can be found here.

Essential Media have a new site, and have pages representing ‘Neil Perry: High Steaks’, ‘The Floating Brothel‘and ‘The Shadow of Mary Poppins‘ all which I have scored. Have a look.

Film Australia has a new trailer for ‘The Floating Brothel’, and this rather excellent documentary has been nominated and won even more awards!

SBS also ran a webchat following the screening of ‘In Search of Bony’ hosted by Lisa Matthews (dir.) and Caroline Baum (prod.) which might be of interest to those who caught the doco.

‘In Search of Bony’ airs this Thursday 25th January

January 18, 2007

boney - in search of bonyFlicking through the Green Guide this week reminded me that of course In Search of Bony screens next Thursday at 8.30pm on SBS. I hope you’ll all take a look at this documentary about author Arthur Upfield, and his fictional part-aboriginal detective Bony, that while little known here in Australia, is still a contraversial character today.

In other news, Welcome to Wonderland is now available to purchase at the following retail outlets nationwide.

At Last. The Floating Brothel Screens!

November 18, 2006

the floating brothelThe rather excellent documentary The Floating Brothel is finally screening this Thursday 23rd November on ABC at 8.30pm. It is also soon to be available to purchase from all decent DVD stores, and is available directly from the ABC from the following link.

Furthermore, In Search of Bony has been given the screening date of Thursday January 25th 2007, at 8.30pm on SBS.

I have updated the music downloads page, and now also have links to audio examples on many of my credits pages. Surf through my ‘Credits’ in blue on the left.