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Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries series 2 is coming

February 3, 2021

Dusting off our 60s chops for the upcoming new series of Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries starring the fabulous Geraldine Hakewill and Joel Jackson. Thanks to Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox and all at Every Cloud Productions!

Streaming service Acorn TV picked series 2 (apparently series 1 did very well overseas) but I’m told it will end up on Channel 7 thereafter!

My co-composers Burkhard Dallwitz and Dmitri Golovko at Zeitgeist Music are busy looking for some 60s duds. Burkhard didn’t have to look hard…

#MsFishersModernMurderMysteries #msfishermod #ZeitgeistMusic #musiccomposer #filmcomposer #australiantv

Look what turned up in time for Christmas

December 26, 2020

Look what turned up just in time for Christmas! Yes, it’s probably a little boastful but I do like to have a copy of projects I’ve scored displayed on the studio shelf (even if I did accidentally purchase region A discs without thinking #Idiot #GlobalizationFail).

Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries and My Life Is Murder were both scored under our Zeitgeist Music banner established with co-composers Burkhard Dallwitz and Dmitri Golovko.

#MsFishersModernMurderMysteries – Fiona Eagger, Deb Cox, Beth Frey, Fiona Banks, Kevin Carlin, lynn hegarty
#MyLifeIsMurder – Nick Murray, Claire Tonkin, Elisa Argenzio, Leah Purcell, Carol Johnston
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The Bureau of Magical Things season 2 is on!

December 23, 2020

The Bureau of Magical Things‘ is back for series 2!

Like many in the broader arts community, COVID hit the film and television sector hard and almost all productions were shut down. This affected many industry creatives including screen composers like myself. Many still don’t have work. However, I’m one of the lucky ones, back busily scoring the 2nd season of the worldwide hit TV series ‘The Bureau of Magical Things’ for Nickelodeon, ZDF Enterprises & Network 10! I’m very grateful to Jonathan M. Shiff and the team.

The first season of ‘Bureau’ screened in over 170 territories and received an AACTA award for Best Children’s Television, and is also available to stream on Netflix.

#musiccomposer #filmcomposer #australiantv #australianfilm #filmmusic #filmmaking #covid #grateful Barry Lanfranchi Julia Adams Evan Clarry Grant Brown

The Gloaming acknowledged with an AACTA nomination

November 4, 2020

Well that’s not bad is it?

Very pleased that this fabulous series has been acknowledged with an AACTA nomination for Best Mini-Series. Congrats to producers Vicki Madden, John Molloy & Fiona McConaghy, directors Greg McClean, Sian Davies and Michael Rymer, and all the cast and crew!

The Gloaming score composed by Burkhard Dallwitz, Brett Aplin and Dmitri Golovko of Zeitgeist Music. Listen to music here.

Fingers crossed for a second series!

The Bureau of Magical Things is now on Netflix

October 31, 2020

Look what just showed up on Netflix! It appears the exclusive rights that Nickelodeon had to The Bureau of Magical Things have expired. Is this just on in Australia or worldwide?

Apparently Netflix has me at an 89% match for the show. I’m still trying to figure out what this says about me…

#TheBureauofMagicalThings #BrettAplin #Composer #ScreenMusic

Zeitgeist Music launch!

October 18, 2020

Since 2018 I’ve been collaborating with Burkhard Dallwitz and Dmitri Golovko on high profile productions allowing us to deliver the highest quality scores despite increasingly tight and often overlapping post-production schedules. We formalised this partnership earlier this year creating Zeitgeist Music a team which has now scored international feature films such as The Longest Shot, TV drama productions including the ABC/Netflix series Pine Gap, Network Seven’s Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, Network Ten’s My Life is Murder and the critically acclaimed STAN/ABC Disney drama series The Gloaming.

We are just getting started!

Please visit the Zeitgeist Music website for more information

#zeitgeistmusic #music #composer #filmmaking #screenmusic #burkharddallwitz #brettaplin #dmitrigolovko

Three nominations for the 2019 APRA Screen Music Awards!

October 18, 2019

Pretty damn chuffed to have received three nominations for this years APRA Screen Music Awards: two for The Bureau of Magical Things (Best Television Theme and Best Music for Children’s Television) and one alongside my awesome co-composers Burkhard Dallwitz and Dmitri Golovko for Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries (Best Music for a Telemovie or Mini-series).

Big thanks to all involved on both productions and congratulations to all the nominees!

Check out more information in this article from Inside Film

#ScreenMusicAwards #APRAAMCOS #AustralianGuildOfScreenComposers

My Life Is Murder now screening

July 18, 2019

Very proud to have co-composed the score (with the amazing Burkhard Dallwitz) to the new 10-part Network TEN drama series My Life Is Murder.

MLIM stars Lucy Lawless (Xena), Bernard Curry and Ebony Vagulans and is a light, sarcastic and witty crime show that is more about the characters (and strength of acting) than whodunnit!

It screens Wednesday nights on TEN for the next 10 weeks and soon will be streaming on AcornTV. Episodes are also available to stream on 10play weekly.

Big thanks to Burkhard, Producers Nick Murray, Claire Tonkin and Elisa Argenzio and all at CJZ.

Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries screens on Network Seven

February 21, 2019

Well, it’s here.

Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries screens each week on Channel 7 from 8:30pm tonight!

Over four weeks we have 4 telemovies of guilty pleasure viewing, especially for those fans of the original Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries starring Essie Davis, or for fans of the murder mystery genre – think a fun 60s version of Midsummer Murders, Sherlock or Ms Marple etc that doesn’t take itself too seriously.


AACTA Award for The Bureau of Magical Things

December 16, 2018

In a star studded ceremony in Sydney this month The Bureau of Magical Things was awarded the 2018 AACTA award for Best Children’s Program! Congratulations to Jonathan M Shiff, Stuart Wood, Julia Adams, Barry Lanfranchi and the entire cast and crew. Proud to be a part of the team.

Here are a few pics from the ceremony

The Bureau of Magical Things has been acquired by Nickelodeon!

October 5, 2018

Fantastic News! Our kids TV series The Bureau of Magical Things has been acquired by Nickelodeon. This means that ‘Bureau’ will now be seen across an additional 170+ countries and territories worldwide!

Nickelodeon USA will start to premiere The Bureau of Magical Things on Monday 8th October 2018 at 8:30pm ET/PT and will continue to premiere new episodes on Mondays-Thursdays at 7:30pm ET/PT!

From the Inside Film article:

“The Bureau of Magical Things introduces a captivating fantasy world while promoting real world concepts like individuality, diversity and acceptance,” said Nickelodeon senior vice president, global acquisitions and content partnerships Layla Lewis.

“We think kids everywhere will find something relatable in these characters’ journeys to finding their true selves, while learning to embrace and accept what makes them different.”

On the sale, Shiff said: “We are thrilled to see The Bureau of Magical Things so strongly supported by Nickelodeon who will introduce it to a global audience. It’s a real delight to bring children all over the world into a story full of surprise and adventure brought to life by an extraordinary cast of magical heroes.”

ZDF Enterprises president and CEO Fred Burckse said: “We are delighted that The Bureau of Magical Things has found its global home with Nickelodeon. Coming from the magical studios of our long term partner Jonathan M. Shiff, the series will capture audiences all over the world and is a perfect complement to Nickelodeon’s portfolio of outstanding children’s programs.”

Can We Save The Reef? wins Eureka Prize for science journalism

August 31, 2018

Just found out that our doco Can We Save the Reef? won the Eurkea Prize for Science Journalism. Congratulations to Adam Geiger and Colette Beaudry of SeaLight Pictures! I’m proud to have played a small part in making this documentary such a success.

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science. More info at

Vale Ricky Edwards

June 12, 2018

I’ve been trying to post this for a while but until now hadn’t the strength. I think it’s time.

Almost two weeks ago we lost my friend Ricky Edwards. Ricky and I worked together on 3 seasons of Mako Mermaids, James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D, and began working on the upcoming ‘The Bureau of Magical Things’. He was a brilliant man, who burned so brightly with such energy and intensity. Ricky was someone I respected and admired, a man of exceptional talents whom I was often in awe of. I learnt much from him and continue to do so and will be forever grateful to him for asking me to join him in writing for Mako and more. He and I formed a bond that went beyond mere colleagues and I am utterly devastated by his passing. My heart goes out to his beautiful family.

Vale my friend.