Deepsea Challenge on SBS this Sunday

January 15, 2016

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For those who missed it, James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge (sans 3D) is screening this Sunday 17th Jan on SBS at 9:25pm. Worth a look.
A small sample of Brett’s score can be heard here
From the SBS website:

“There are places on Earth with no human history or memories, as remote from us as a distant planet.
The deep-sea trenches are such a place.
The deepest points on the planet, shrouded in eternal darkness, are home to an ocean’s worth of scientific mysteries waiting to be solved.
Now, after years of painstaking work, a team of visionary engineers led by filmmaker James Cameron (“Avatar,” “Titanic”) has built a submersible that for the first time allows humans to visit the deepest part of this hidden world.
It’s an astounding feat of technical wizardry, comparable in difficulty to landing a man on the moon.
Deep Sea Challenge recounts the personal journey of Cameron and members of his engineering and science team as they prepare to make history, fulfilling lifelong dreams in the process.”

Mako Mermaids season 3 news

November 18, 2015

Long overdue update, but I’m hard at work scoring season 3 of Mako Mermaids with Ricky Edwards for Netflix, ZDF and Network Ten (Netflix split season 2 into two parts so this will be season 4 for Netflixers). Below is a pic of the season 3 cast, with the addition of new mermaid Weilan played by Linda Ngo (3rd from right, bottom row). Everyone else pictured is returning.
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Cast members are left to right – top row – Dominic Deutscher (Cam), Brooke Nichole Lee (Carly), Rowan Hills (David), Chai Romruen (Zac)
and – bottom row – Allie Bertram (Mimmi), Isabel Durant (Ondina), Linda Ngo (Weilan) and Gemma Forsyth (Evie)

Here’s a look at the season 3 trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9-IBk1dL0w

Stay tuned…

Freedom Stories screening at Cinema Nova

July 22, 2015

Here’s a review of our doco Freedom Stories by Phillipa Hawker via The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

“Steve Thomas’ thoughtful, quietly involving documentary gives us stories of freedom and tales of the everyday”

“And the film isn’t neatly resolved; these are stories of lives in progress. Thomas returns at various points to key figure on the film, finding further surprises, changes of circumstances and direction. He reminds us that when the people taking part in this film arrived in Australia, they were first known not by name, but by number: this film embraces their individuality.”

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Be sure to check it out at Cinema Nova (Lygon St Carlton here in Melbourne) who has upped the screenings to 2 session per day so there’s no excuse! Grab tix here

Freedom Stories Poster

July 5, 2015

Check out this poster for Freedom Stories, a feature doco I scored earlier this year. Screening at Cinema Nova from July 23rd. If you’re in Melbourne see if you can get along to support the film.

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“In Freedom Stories, filmmaker Steve Thomas explores the achievements and struggles of a number of former ‘boat people’. Now Australian citizens, they arrived from the Middle East seeking asylum, around 2001. This was the year of the Tampa and PM John Howard’s infamous “We will decide” speech. Some were only children when they found themselves in indefinite mandatory detention in Woomera or Nauru. Thomas captures the determination and resilience of this diverse group, who, a decade on, have rebuilt their lives in Australia. These are ordinary people, caught up in traumatic times, and in this poignant film their voices are finally heard.”

Mako Mermaids premieres this week!

February 13, 2015

Mako Mermaids, a 26-part childrens TV series I co-composed with Ricky Edwards premieres this Friday 13th Feb (auspicious!) on NETFLIX and locally as Mako: Island of Secrets on ELEVEN this Sunday 15th Feb at 10am. Get your kids to watch it. It’s a great series: high production values and, of course, a great score!

“In this hit sequel to “H20: Just Add Water,” new merman Zac becomes a target of the mermaid council when they see his strong and mysterious connection to Mako Island as a threat to mermaids everywhere. To stop Zac, they send two new young mermaids ashore to strip him of his merman powers, not knowing that there might be another merman in town that poses an even greater risk to the pod.”

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AACTA Awards red carpet

January 30, 2015

It was a huge honour being nominated along with Amy Bastow and Ricky Edwards for Best Music for a Documentary at this years AACTA awards for Deepsea Challenge 3D. Congratulations to Jed Kurzel who got the gong for ‘All This Mayhem’ (which I must track down, especially given how many other awards it picked up). It was a good show. Pic left to right: Brett (I love the red carpet) Aplin, Amy Bastow & Ricky Edwards.

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Our score for Deepsea Challenge 3D nominated at this years AACTA Awards

December 3, 2014

OK, I’m feeling pretty damn proud right about now to have picked up a nomination at this years AACTA (AFI) Awards for our score to Deepsea Challenge 3D. We are in the Best Original Music Score in a Documentary category. Stiff competition but that somehow makes the acknowledgement even more humbling. Congrats to my co-nominees Ricky and Amy (and a HUGE thanks to Peter H)

That brings the total nominations for Deepsea Challenge to a whopping 4!

From the AACTA website:

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“The AACTA Award for Best Documentary Television Program presented by Foxtel Movies sees the Oscar-winning Eva Orner nominated for her SBS television documentary THE NETWORK, alongside TENDER (ABC) and the series BRILLIANT CREATURES: GERMAINE, CLIVE, BARRY & BOB (ABC) and TAKING ON THE CHOCOLATE FROG (Foxtel – STUDIO).

A number of the previously announced nominees for Best Feature Length Documentary received craft award nominations today, with UKRAINE IS NOT A BROTHEL up for six AACTA Awards, and ALL THIS MAYHEM and DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D receiving four nominations each.

Australian music icons Nick Cave and Warren Ellis are among the nominees for the new AACTA Award for Best Original Music Score in a Documentary presented by APRA AMCOS for TENDER (ABC). Jed Kurzel (ALL THIS MAYHEM), Jed Palmer and Zoë Barry (UKRAINE IS NOT A BROTHEL) and Ricky Edwards, Brett Aplin and Amy Bastow (DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D) round out the nominees in this category.

The Australian Academy congratulates all nominees for the 4th AACTA Awards.”

Deepsea Challenge 3D out on Blu-ray

November 20, 2014

If you missed it in cinemas, James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D has just been released on Blu-ray. You should check it out. Music score of course by Brett Aplin, Ricky Edwards and Amy Bastow. You can get it pretty much anywhere but here is one link. Here’s another!

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