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

January 5, 2010

secrets of the forbidden city ABC promo
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
Brett Aplin and Jonathan Biggins
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.

Another win for Rare Chicken Rescue

January 26, 2009

new life - rare chicken rescueRare 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.

AFI Win!!

December 8, 2008

Brett Aplin & David White - rare chicken rescueWell, 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

AFI Nomination

October 29, 2008

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.

Secrets of the Forbidden City Nominated for Best Music Score!

October 28, 2008

nanjing falls - secrets of the forbidden cityI’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.

Rare Chicken Rescue gets a couple of nominations (& a win!)

June 10, 2008

rare chicken - rare chicken rescueJust 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!

News and reviews

May 11, 2008

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!

‘Rare Chicken Rescue’ screens this Tuesday 6th May at 8pm on ABC1

May 4, 2008

dying and dancing with birds2 - rare chicken rescueRare Chicken Rescue screens this week which is great to see. Tune in if you can and you can download the flyer from the Film Australia website here. Still waiting on Innocence to screen (come on SBS!).

Still working on Rogue Nation for Essential Media and the ABC. I’ve seen it mentioned several times in the press so there should be quite a bit of interest when it screens (later this year?). I’ll put a page up when we’ve all finished working on the film.

New pages for ‘Secrets of the Forbidden City’ and ‘Rare Chicken Rescue’

March 13, 2008

Just added pages for Secrets of the Forbidden City and Rare Chicken Rescue including new music and pictures. I will eventually add new pictures to the flash player on each of the pages, however for now it’s just these two, and Over My Dead Body.

Unfortunately, unless you have The History Channel on pay TV (or a relative in the UK to record it for you!) you won’t get to see Secrets of the Forbidden City. In time perhaps I’ll post some footage – it looks amazing, truly. You will however hopefully see Rare Chicken Rescue in the next few months on the ABC.

About to begin work on an exciting 2-part docu-drama called Rogue Nation for Essential Media and the ABC to be directed by Peter Andrikidis and Lisa Matthews. I’ll keep you posted.