More accolades for our documentary Conviction. AACTA nominations for Terry Carlyon for Best Editing in a Documentary and to Keith Thomas and Ben Banks for Best Sound in a Documentary. Congrats guys!
One of mine screens this week
Can We Save The Reef? is an ABC documentary screening on the Catalyst program
Can We Save the Reef? is the epic story of Australian and international scientists who are racing to understand our greatest natural wonder, and employing bold new science in an attempt to save it.
Check it out this Tuesday 3rd October at 8:30pm on ABC1. Listen to some of the music score here
The first trailer for director Xu Shunli’s The Longest Shot has been released. Looks pretty great too.
And no, before you ask the music in the trailer is not mine nor Burkhard’s 🙁
Check it out above.
Great news. I recently had the honour of co-composing the feature score to The Longest Shot with multiple award-winning composer Burkhard Dallwitz (The Truman Show, Underbelly, The Secret River)
The Longest Shot is a massive Chinese/Australian co-production, shot in Melbourne and Shanghai directed by Xu Shunli and starring Chinese box office star Wang Zhiwen alongside an ensemble of Chinese and International talent including Yu Nan, Zu Yajun, Lee Li-Chun and Kao Kuo-Hsin, along with Sabien Lucciarini, Christopher Downs and Koniukhov Konstantin.
We had the budget to record a live orchestra with a 40 piece string section, plus woodwinds, brass and harp and managed to do some really interesting things with orchestration thanks to the hugely talented Erkki Veltheim who made sense of our mockups. The score was mixed in 5.1 surround by Christian Scallan and it sounds great. Hopefully we’ll get a soundtrack release down the track.
Here are some pics from the recording session. Burkhard is at the back, Christian at the desk and Erkki at the side
For anyone who missed it first time around, our documentary on the dedicated homicide detectives who brought Jill Meagher’s killer to justice is getting re-screened by the ABC this Tuesday at 8:30pm. It’s being repeated in light of our Logie win for Most Outstanding Factual or Documentary Program last week.
Humbled to have worked on this one. Feel emotional for Terry Carlyon, the director. Well deserved is an understatement.
Both Conviction and Body Hack were nominated in the the peer voted category ‘Most Outstanding Factual or Documentary Program’, and Body Hack was also nominated for ‘Best Factual Program’. Congrats to all involved in both productions, particularly the Director / Producer of Conviction Terry Carlyon, and Chris Thorburn, series producer of Body Hack!
Hey guys. I’ve recently completed the score for a short film for this guy…
It’s called “Bang! Bang!”. It has amazing fight scenes and is funny as hell. Can’t wait for you to see it.
Todd Sampson’s Body Hack begins tonight! 9pm on Network TEN and WIN regionally each Tuesday for the next 6 weeks.
Tonight, Todd gets punched. A lot…
I have just picked up an Australian Screen Music Awards nomination for the season 3 Mako Mermaids episode ‘Homecoming’ in the category ‘Best Music for Children’s Television’. Very proud! Congrats also to Ricky Edwards, my co-composer, and to all the other nominees. A full list can be found here.
Channel Ten just posted this video on their Facebook page. It’s the promo for our upcoming series Todd Sampson’s BODY HACK.
Looks pretty good doesn’t it!
(Music in the promo isn’t mine)
Stunning documentary Conviction by Terry Carlyon screening shortly on ABC. A real privilege to have written the music for this one. Very powerful and moving film, “an intense and riveting study of what it takes to solve a high-profile and emotionally charged murder, told through the eyes of the homicide detectives who brought Jill Meagher’s killer to justice”.
In Adelaide? Only 9 tix left for the SA screening of Freedom Stories on Wednesday 24th February, 6:30 pm @ Palace Nova. Spread the word, support our film and demand your own screening via Fan-Force too! Grab them here.
Synopsis: Freedom Stories is an exploration by filmmaker Steve Thomas of the achievements and struggles of former ‘boat people’. Now Australian citzens, they arrived seeking asylum from the Middle-East around 2001 – a watershed year in Australian politics sparked by the Tampa affair and Prime Minister John Howard’s declaration: “We will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come”. Some were only children when they found themselves in indefinite mandatory detention in remote places such as Woomera or Nauru and then placed on temporary protection visas, which extended their limbo for years. It has taken astonishing resilience and over a decade for them to build secure lives and start contributing to their new country. These are ordinary people who found themselves caught up in the extraordinary consequences of political brinkmanship but have long since dropped out of the media spotlight. They live among us now and given the Government’s boast that it has ‘stopped the boats’ it is time for their voices to be heard.
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.”
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.
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
“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.”
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