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
“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.”
Proud to be asked to compose original music for the documentary feature Freedom Stories which premiered last week at the 2015 Syndey International Film Festival to a sold out screening followed by Q&A with director Steve Thomas and producer Lisa Horler. Freedom Stories is also screening at Cinema Nova from the 23rd July so keep your eye out!
You can listen to the score here
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.”
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.
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:
“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.”
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.
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.
Check it out
The Trigger Point documentary mini-series is now available to purchase on DVD courtesy of ABC Shops. It’s *very* good. Buy it now!
Aussie poster is out. You know if you squint just so, you might see a familiar name in the credits…
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.
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”.
Here’s one of mine. Airs tomorrow night on ABC1 at 8:30pm followed by a Q&A style session on ABC2 with Tom Tilley. Check it out – important issues raised here too.
Listen to the music here