The Curse of the Gothic Symphony

Documentary feature (2011) – ABC, MIFF – Music Editor
dir. Randall Wood | prod. Veronica Fury | edit. Scott Walton
Wild Fury

  • AACTA Award Nominee – Best Feature Length Documentary (2012)
  • ATOM Awards nominee, Best Documentary Arts (2012)
  • Official Selection, Melbourne International Film Festival (2011)
  • Australian Writers Guild AWGIE Award Winner – Best Documentary for Public Broadcast (2012)
  • Official Selection, Brisbane International Film Festival (2011)
  • Official Selection, Sarasota Film Festival (2012)

From the official website

“Said to be cursed, for over 80 years the immense ‘Gothic Symphony’ has remained unperformed in its entirety. At over 2 hours long and requiring 2 orchestras, 3 conductors, 4 brass bands and 5 full choirs, this is perhaps unsurprising. It was officially recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the largest, longest and most technically difficult symphony ever composed, it is widely regarded as the ‘Mt Everest’ of classical music. This documentary follows the journey of a brave and committed group of Brisbane musicians, who will attempt to break the curse and stage this epic event.”

I was commissioned as the Music Editor to help craft the ‘score’ drawn from this massive symphony by composer Havergal Brian

What the Critics have said...

“An endearing portrait of a collective obsession…Great characters. I was captivated by it. Well worth seeking out.”. Julie Rigg, Radio National, 19th July 2012

Suspenseful, clearly focused documentary…inspiring film. Jake Wilson, The Age, 19th July 2012

A revelation…Absorbing. Evan Williams, The Australian, 26th May 2012