Feature Film debut

April 30, 2010

OK, very exciting news! I’m currently working on my first feature. It’s called ‘Surviving Georgia’ and it stars Pia Miranda, Holly Valance, Shane Jacobson, Spencer McLaren and Caroline O’Connor. It’s directed by the wonderful Sandra Sciberras and Kate Whitbread (Caterpillar Wish). It’s a great film, beautifully acted. More news to follow soon…

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Kate Whitbread, Shane Jacobson and Sandra Sciberras on location in Warburton

Meanwhile work on ‘The Making of Modern Australia’ is continuing. I’ve finished 2 of the 4 eps and the 3rd is almost in the can. I’ve squeezed in the feature into a break between Eps 3 and 4 which was very fortunate.

Secrets of the Forbidden City to screen Monday 18th January at 8.40pm on ABC1

January 5, 2010

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Happy New Year! Well I finished up the final episode for Inside John Lewis which is coming soon on BBC2, and have started on a four-part Australian history series for the ABC called The Making of Modern Australia. Exciting for me however is the Australian free-to-air premiere of Secrets of the Forbidden City Monday 18th January at 8:40pm on ABC1. Big budget and hugely entertaining I hope you all get to see it.

Australian Screen Music Awards win!

November 5, 2009
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Jonathan Biggins and Brett Aplin on the night!

At a fantastic ceremony in Sydney last Monday night for the Annual APRA/AGSC Screen Music Awards I won in the ‘Best Music for a Short Film’ category for my score to Lucy Wants to Kill Herself. Congratulations once again to Andrea and Craig Brookes for their wonderful film. It was an honour to be entrusted with the score for their film. Music from the film can be heard here.

Also, Indonesia Calling has been selected to screen at the prestigious Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival IDFA, which is a huge honour. Congratulations to John Hughes and Andrea Foxworthy for their compelling film.

Now it’s back to work on the 3-part reality documentary series called Inside John Lewis for the BBC.

Two episodes down, one to go!

Australian Screen Music Awards nomination!

October 14, 2009

screen music awardsI have just been nominated for an APRA/AGSC Australian Screen Music Award for my score to Lucy Wants to Kill Herself. Congratulations to Andrea and Craig Brookes for their fine and darkly comic film. The awards ceremony is to be held in Sydney on the 2nd November, to be hosted by the Chaser boys. Should be a good night!

Dead Famous rated highly last Thursday and was well reviewed in the press. Next up is A Thousand Encores: The Ballets Russes in Australia on 3rd November at 8.30ppm on ABC1. Quite a contrast!

‘Ballets Russes’ film and ‘Dead Famous’ have wrapped

September 6, 2009

dead famousJust had an incredibly rewarding experience scoring Terry Carlyon’s atmospheric and compelling film Dead Famous documenting Melbourne’s underworld war through the eyes of the journalists and Leadbelly authors Andrew Rule and John Sylvester. It’s a great mix and should air on 8th Oct at 8.30pm on ABC1.

A Thousand Encores: The Ballets Russes in Australia for director Mandy Chang is also another film I’m proud of and is to air on ABC1 on November 3rd.

Indonesia Calling screening at the Melbourne and Brisbane International Film Festivals

July 8, 2009

Yes, ‘Indonesia Calling’ is screening at MIFF on Saturday 25th July at 4:45pm and Monday 3rd August at 2:30pm. See here for details. Further information can also be found at the Early Works website. It is also screening at BIFF on Sunday August 9th at 1:30pm and the director John Hughes is speaking at the Indonesia Calling seminar with filmmakers Robert Connolly and Gotot Prakosa prior to the screening. If you can’t make it the ABC is screening this outstanding historical feature documentary in full later in the year.dutch east indies - indonesia calling

In other news I’ve just finished up a stellar doco on the Ballet Russes and their tours to Australia in the ’30s and ’40s. and their impact on our cultural landscape called ‘Ballet Russes: Our Cultural Revolution’ I’ll keep you posted on screening dates.

Rogue Nation Screening on ABC1 – Sunday 15th and 22nd March at 7.30pm

March 9, 2009

the trial - Rogue NationRogue Nation is screening This Sunday 15th and next Sunday 22nd March at 7.30pm on ABC1, I hope you’ll all tune in. From the ABC website…

“Historian Michael Cathcart tells the epic story of how the colourful characters of early colonial Australia transformed a penal settlement into a land with rights and opportunity in a mere 40 years. This sweeping two-part dramatised documentary covers formative events in Australia’s history, including the Rum Rebellion and early court cases which established independence and civil rights for all settlers.

With an all-star cast including Peter O’Brien, John Wood, Leanna Walsman, Geoff Morrell, Les Hill and Heather Mitchell, Rogue Nation introduces well known figures including pastoralist John Macarthur, barrister and newspaper proprietor William Wentworth, and Governors William Bligh, Lachlan Macquarie and Ralph Darling.”

Rogue Nation will also shortly be available to puchase on DVD and is available even now to pre-order from ABC Shops. Also Rare Chicken Rescue has just won a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Short Documentary.