Finishing up two new documentaries the first titled The Ocean’s Supermum for director Susan McMillan and Absolutely Wild Visuals examining efforts to save Australia’s endangered Sea Lion population for the ABC and National Geographic International. The other is a feature doc called Indonesia Calling for director John Hughes for the Melbourne International Film Festival and the ABC. Exciting times.
“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.
Rare Chicken Rescue has just been awarded the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short at the 2009 Slamdance Film Festival, Utah. It’s also screening this month in competition at Cinequest in the US and at the Festival International du Film documentaire Océanien Prochain in Tahiti. In other news I’m shortly to begin the score for ‘Ocean’s Supermum’ a documentary about the precarious existance of the Sea Lion and those who seek to preserve this beautiful species.
Quick update, but I just noticed that the ABC is re-screening The Floating Brothel this Thursday 8th Jan at 9.55pm. Hope you can catch it if you haven’t already – it’s a hugely entertaining and fascinating doco.
Well, it was an amazing weekend. On Friday night I won an AFI Award for Best Sound in a Documentary along with my fellow nominees David White, John Willsteed and Greg Docwra. It was a huge honour and a fantastic evening. Thanks again to Randall Wood and Vickie Gest the director and producer respectively of Rare Chicken Rescue for inviting me to write for this beautiful film, and also to my co-nominees for the great mix. Strolling the red carpet was quite a treat! I also went to the televised awards ceremony on the Saturday and had a lot of fun. A highlights package of the AFI industry awards is below.[jwplayer mediaid=”604″]AFI Industry Award highlights
I have just received an AFI nomination for my work on Rare Chicken Rescue along with John Willsteed, David White and Greg Docwra who did an outstanding job with the sound. Not only this, but the film was also nominated in the Best Documentary, Best Direction, Best Cinematograhy and Best Editing categories as well as Best Sound. This film just keeps on travelling. Congratulations once again to Randall Wood, Vickie Gest, Trish Lake and Scott Walton for their extraordinary work.
I’m very proud that Secrets of the Forbidden City has been nominated for Best Music for a Documentary at this years APRA – Australian Guild of Screen Composers Screen Music Awards. This is my 2nd nomination, and I’m very humbled by the company in this category including the wonderful Caitlin Yeo and Cezary Skubiszewski. View the list of nominations here
There’s a great line-up of presenters including MC H.G Nelson, Rhys Muldoon, David Hirschfelder, Nadine Garner, Leah Purcell and many others. Should be a great night. The ceremony is on the evening of the 3rd November.
In other news, Rogue Nation now looks like airing on the ABC in the New Year. I’ll keep you posted.
Just found out that Rare Chicken Rescue has been nominated for a Panda Award for this years Wildscreen Film Festival, the international wildlife and environmental film festival held in Bristol each year. RCR has also been nominated for a Dendy Award as part of this years Sydney Film Festival.
Rogue Nation is almost a wrap, and I’ve finished up on Lucy Wants to Kill Herself from Blue Dahlia Films. More news on both these shortly…
13/06/08 – UPDATE – Hot off the press. Congratulations to director Randall Wood for just picking up the 2008 Dendy Award for Best Documentary for Rare Chicken Rescue at the 55th Sydney International Film Festival Great News!
Quick update. ‘Rare Chicken Rescue‘ garnered some wonderful reviews when it aired this week. Here are just a couple (the rest are on my main RCR page)…
“A beautiful, simple tale about one man’s love of rare-breed chickens and how that love redeemed him from chronic depression…. funny, heartfelt, and surprisingly moving.” Sunday Age, Melbourne. 4 May 2008
“With a whimsical style reminiscent of Errol Morris (The Fog of War) and Mark Lewis (Cane Toads), writer-director-cinematographer Randall Wood has laid a beauty.” Sydney Morning Herald. May 2008
Also, I just found out that a stunning 2.6 million Britons tuned in to watch Ten Pound Poms when it screened on BBC2’s prestigious Timewatch slot in early February this year. Given that the Timewatch slot usually averages an audience of 1.8 million, this made Ten Pound Poms one of the most watched Timewatch documentaries ever screened.
Furthermore,’ Poms’ has been selected to screen at this years 55th Sydney International Film Festival and has been nominated for Best Community Documentary for this years Dendy Awards which is wonderful news! Congratulations Lisa Matthews and Essential Media!