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!
Rare 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.
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.
A belated Happy New Year to you all. Well, it’s been a busy 3 or 4 months.
I have just finished a feature-length docu-drama called Secrets of the Forbidden City for director Mark Lewis and Lion Television (UK) commissioned by BBC and The History Channel. This is truly an awesome film beautifully shot on location in China, and I hope to have a page with some more information up shortly. This is the most ambitious film I’ve ever worked on and the score reflects the scale of the production. So much fun with this one! – More to come including some music…
I also received my first nomination for the APRA – AGSC Screen Music Awards, Best Music for a Documentary for The Floating Brothel. I know it was a large field this year so this was a great honour. The awards were held on 27th November in Sydney and while I didn’t win (the award went to the outstanding ‘Bomb Harvest’ composed by Caitlin Yeo) it was a great night, and a hilarious ceremony hosted by H. G. Nelson. Check out the list of nominations and winners here.
Ten Pound Poms screened on the ABC on 1st November and is scheduled to screen in 3 days on the Timewatch program on BBC2 in the U.K. on Sat 2 Feb, 8:20pm. The film has also just been released on locally on DVD and is available to buy at ABC shops and other decent outlets here.
Over My Dead Body screened on the ABC on 15th November.
In between I completed original music for Rare Chicken Rescue for Randall Wood and Freshwater Productions to be sceened on the ABC later in the year (page to come)
I am currently working on the Film Victoria funded animation Lucy Wants to Kill Herself for Andrea and Craig Brookes of Blue Dahlia Films. I’ll have much more to say on this project over the next month or two but it’s looking amazing!
Apologies for the long lag between updates. What with our little man now 11 months old we barely have time to scratch ourselves. Still, I’ve added a few new pages for Innocence (dir Dennis K Smith for Handmade Productions), Ten Pound Poms (dir Lisa Matthews for Essential Media) and Over My Dead Body (dir Ian Walker, for VizPoets). Each of these excellent documentaries should screen later this year and I have uploaded plenty of music for you to listen to on each of their respective pages. The only one I have a confirmed screening date for is ‘Poms’ which screens on the ABC Thursday 1st November – ages away I know but I’ll remind you all as it approaches. Three great mixes in a row too which I’m very pleased about.
Also finished a DVD for Duraloid promoting the Silk Cut Award for linocut prints (dir Miriam Johnson)
Finished the documentary Innocence: The Dark Side of DNA to screen on SBS later in the year. When I get some time I’ll put a page up for it. Also done a short film called ‘Message for Humanity’ for the launch of the Australian hosting of USCs visual history archive.
Currently working on Over My Dead Body, a documentary by Ian Walker and VizPoets for the ABC, and the documentary Ten Pound Poms for Lisa Matthews, Essential Media, ABC and the BBC. Exciting times and will post a proper update when I have the chance.
Currently contributing music to a short film and finishing the score for Handmade Productions’ ‘Innocence’, although I’m sure the title will change by the time it screens on SBS later in the year. I’ll keep you posted.
Here comes another long overdue update…
I’ve just finished a 3-part documentary series for Essential Media to be screened on the Lifestyle Channel called ‘Neil Perry: High Steaks‘. Director Ruth Cullen followed celebrity chef Neil Perry of Rockpool fame for over a year during which deals were broken, restaurants were closed, hats were lost, babies were born, and Neil embarked on his most ambitious venture, Rockpool Bar and Grill at Melbourne’s Crown Casino.
Neil Perry: High Steaks screens on the Lifestyle channel Monday 21st May at 9pm, and on the following two Mondays. Of course, being pay-TV you really can’t miss it as it additionally screens at the following times. Check out the promo here.
In other news, Welcome to Wonderland was selected to screen at the Byron Bay Film Festival. I hope some of you ended up making it! A few reviews and more info about the film generally can be found here.
SBS also ran a webchat following the screening of ‘In Search of Bony’ hosted by Lisa Matthews (dir.) and Caroline Baum (prod.) which might be of interest to those who caught the doco.
Flicking through the Green Guide this week reminded me that of course In Search of Bony screens next Thursday at 8.30pm on SBS. I hope you’ll all take a look at this documentary about author Arthur Upfield, and his fictional part-aboriginal detective Bony, that while little known here in Australia, is still a contraversial character today.