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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Mako Mermaids nominated for a 2014 APRA Australian Screen Music Award

October 15, 2014

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Great news! Along with co-composer Ricky Edwards, Brett Aplin has just been nominated for this years APRA-AGSC Australian Screen Music Awards in the category ‘Best Music for Children’s Television’ for ‘Mako Mermaids‘. You can listen to some of his music for season 1 here.

Do check out the other nominees at this link as well as all the other categories filled with amazing screen composers!

Staged jointly by APRA AMCOS and the AGSC (Australian Guild of Screen Composers), the Screen Music Awards celebrate those quiet achievers of the Australian music industry who create the magic between screen and sound. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday 12 November at the City Recital Hall in Sydney, and will feature nominated compositions performed by an orchestra as directed by Emmy Award winning screen composer Ashley Irwin.

Melbourne preview of Deepsea Challenge 3D

August 19, 2014

I went to the Deepsea Challenge 3D Melbourne preview last night with co-composer Amy Bastow at the Jam Factory in South Yarra. John Garvin who is the Co-Writer, Life Support Supervisor and Dive Instructor featured in the film gave a great speech beforehand honouring Jim and all those who had contributed to the journey giving the screening last night extra resonance. Quite an account of the story behind the film and a moving tribute to inspirational co-director Andrew Wight and underwater cameraman Mike deGruy who died during filming. Andrew’s family was in attendance. I hope they were proud of all our efforts.

Deepsea Challenge 3D opens Australia wide this Thursday 21 August.

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John Garvin

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Trigger Point screens June 1 and 8 at 9:30pm on ABC1

June 1, 2014

Our documentary series Trigger Point begins tonight at 9:30pm on ABC1, and was flagged by Fairfax newspapers as their ‘Pick of the Week’. Take a look – review below.

Trigger Point

“TRIGGER POINT
New series
★★★★
Sunday 1 June, 9.30pm, ABC1
Veteran Fairfax crime reporter John Silvester fronts this excellent two-part documentary examining the issue of police shootings in Victoria. When these stories hit the headlines the focus is – understandably – very much on the victims and their families. What we tend not to see, either in the news or in fiction, is an account of how these incidents affect the men and women pulling the trigger. That’s what this doco sets out to address, along with an intelligent backgrounder on how and why firearms became part of the everyday uniform of Australian police. Silvester’s access is impressive. We don’t just get interviews with a dozen key players (members of the notorious armed robbery squad, the officers associated with the Walsh Street shootings, family members, all the way up to Victorian police chief Ken Lay). There’s also a quantity of disturbing, moving and enlightening archival police footage of crime scenes and investigations. (And a warning: some of it is horribly explicit.) It’s a visceral reminder of the reality of these incidents. Most compelling, though, are simply the accounts from the officers involved who talk frankly about how terrified they are when confronted with an armed villain, how that fear affects your judgment, and the awful and enduring emotional fallout when you realise you’ve taken someone’s life. Popular culture encourages us to believe that police officers are somehow superhuman, a special breed. One of the most powerful aspects of this story is the reminder that, like us, they are simply frail human beings. This episode deals with a number of stories we’re all familiar with, either from the newspapers or the Underbelly sagas. And as Silvester points out, while there’s always concern about police shooting and killing people, the general public isn’t all that fussed when the victims are hardened criminals. Next week we look in detail at the shooting of Melbourne teenager Tyler Cassidy in a suburban skate park: something that didn’t just horrify the public, but devastated the officers involved”.

– Melinda Houston – Fairfax June 1 2014

From ‘The Shadow of Mary Poppins’ to Hollywood’s ‘Saving Mr Banks’

January 4, 2014

saving-mr-banksDid you catch the article on the history of ‘Saving Mr Banks’ by Karl Quinn in Fairfax papers today? I scored the original documentary The Shadow of Mary Poppins which inspired the Hollywood film starring Emma Thompson as Pamela Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney.

Ian Collie, who is quoted in the article, produced our original documentary (which was inspired by Valerie Lawson’s biography of Pamela) and also produced the new film. Quite a connection. There might be more to this story shortly. Stay tuned…