With director Susan McMillan and editor Mark Fox in Britain, the producer Tina Dalton in Sydney, the sound designer Michael Gissing in Tassie and me in Melbourne we finally got there! It’s a great score too this one. A mixture of grand orchestral and intimate moments reflective of our dramatic landscape and the small peaceful moments in our pelican’s journey. Have a listen
Looks like we might be getting a few extra sales too, perhaps into France and the US.
On Wednesday this week the AFI Awards nominations for 2010 were announced and our documentary A Thousand Encores: The Ballets Russes in Australia was nominated in four categories, the most for any documentary this year!
The nominations are…
Best Documentary under one hour – Sharyn Prentice, Marianne Latham, Lavinia Riachi.
Best Direction in a Documentary – Mandy Chang
Best Editing in a Documentary – Karin Steininger
Best Sound in a Documentary – Brett Aplin, Andrew McGrath, Erin McKimm, Terry Chadwick
Congratulations to all involved, it’s a wonderful documentary. For those of you that missed it I’ll keep an eye on the TV schedules and in the meantime it’s available on DVD!
Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens in Australia has picked up an Australian Writers Guild AWGIE Award for Best Documentary for Public Broadcast, and is nominated for an Australian Directors Guild (ADG) Award for Best Documentary Feature! Congratulations to John, Andrea, Uri and the team.
The final installment of The Making of Modern Australia, The Australian Soul, airs this Thursday 19th August at 8.30pm on ABC. The series has been well received and has spawned a book by narrator and actor William McInnes. The 2-disc DVD of the series is also now available to purchase.
Finally, A Thousand Encores: The Ballets Russes in Australia is being re-screened on ABC2 this Sunday night the 22nd August at 8.30pm. If you missed this one first time around it’s definately worth a look.
The Making of Modern Australia begins tonight at 8.30pm on ABC1 and airs for 4 weeks kicking off with the Australian Child then following with The Australian Dream (home ownership), The Australian Heart (relationships) and The Australian Soul (religion). Tune in. Great article on the series in todays Age/Sydney Morning Herald titled ‘Harsh and Ignorant’: Australia’s Wonder Years myth‘ and an Age online video review also posted today.
John Hughes’ exceptional feature documentary Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens in Australia has been selected to screen in official competition at the Sydney Film Festival. It screens June 3 at 6.30pm, details below. Not everything I’ve been a part of will stand the test of time but this one certainly will. This is a part of Australian history that should be revisited.
And the news just keeps coming…The ABC have just released A Thousand Encores: The Ballets Russes in Australia as part of a 2 DVD set. The other DVD contains The Australian Ballet performances of Ballets Russes productions including Graeme Murphy’s interpretation of the Firebird. I’m very proud of my involvement with this fine documentary. Very classy production. The DVD can be purchased here.
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…
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.
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.
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!
I 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!
As you know, Dead Famous is airing Thursday 8th October at 8.30pm on ABC1. More information and music from this insightful documentary can be found here, and likewise for the upcoming documentaries Indonesia Calling, A Thousand Encores and The Ocean’s Supermum.
I’m currently writing the score for a 3-part BBC series called ‘Inside John Lewis’. More details shortly.