About me

brett aplinI am an AFI and Australian Screen Music Award winning screen composer known for my collaborative approach, efficiency and versatility across multiple genres and media. A classically trained pianist, I won the 2000 Annual Pete Carpenter Fellowship (BMI Foundation, NYC) and traveled to Los Angeles to work with Emmy and Grammy award-winning television composer Mike Post, where I composed music for Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and generally couldn’t believe my luck. Needless to say, this officially launched my film scoring career.

Since then I have scored more than 50 films including features and documentaries, many of them highly acclaimed and awarded internationally, co-composed over 26 hours of television drama, and co-composed over 43 hours of children’s television across 4 series. I’ve also written for award winning short films, and even a prime time game show for Network Ten! My music has been heard locally on ABC1, SBS, Network Ten, Channel 7, STAN and internationally on BBC, National Geographic, Animal Planet, The History Channel, ZDF, Discovery, Netflix, Nickelodeon and many many more.

I have been nominated for nine APRA Australian Screen Music Awards, winning ‘Best Music for a Documentary’ for Tiger Dynasty (2012) and ‘Best Music for a Short Film’ for Lucy Wants to Kill Herself (2009). I have also been awarded an Australian Film Institute (now AACTA) Award for my work on Rare Chicken Rescue in 2008, received an AFI nomination for my contribution to the acclaimed documentary A Thousand Encores: the Ballets Russes in Australia in 2010, and an AACTA nomination for James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D in 2014.

I recently co-composed the music for the Channel 7 series Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries with Burkhard Dallwitz and Dmitri Golovko, a spin-off from the hit original series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries which aired on ABC1. I also scored the Network Ten series My Life is Murder with Burkhard Dallwitz starring Lucy Lawless, and recently concluded work on the fabulous 8-part crime / horror series The Gloaming for STAN and ABC / Disney, also with Burkhard Dallwitz and Dmitri Golovko. The Gloaming premieres New Years Day 2020!

Dec 2019

My scores for film have been heard on the following broadcasters and more…