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.
The rather excellent documentary The Floating Brothel is finally screening this Thursday 23rd November on ABC at 8.30pm. It is also soon to be available to purchase from all decent DVD stores, and is available directly from the ABC from the following link.
Furthermore, In Search of Bony has been given the screening date of Thursday January 25th 2007, at 8.30pm on SBS.
I have updated the music downloads page, and now also have links to audio examples on many of my credits pages. Surf through my ‘Credits’ in blue on the left.
Had a bit of fun. I recently completed the In Search of Bony‘, documentary on the life of Arthur Upfield, the Australian-based author of the Bony series of novels about a part Aboriginal detective. It was great to once again work with Lisa Matthews, the director of The Shadow of Mary Poppins, and Karin Steininger, editor of ‘Poppins’ and The Floating Brothel
Incidentally, have you seen the promos for ‘The Floating Brothel’ in ABCs Spring season? Looks like a November air date…
The Floating Brothel has recently picked up a First Place Gold Camera Award at this year’s US International Film & Video Festival in the “History; Biography” category (the film screened as ‘Voyage of the Courtesans’ in the US). Congratulations to Mark Lewis, Karin Steininger, Sonja Armstrong, Deb Szapiro and all at Essential Media! Still no news as to when the film is to screen here (come on ABC!).
In other big news Welcome to Wonderland has been released on DVD! At a huge night last Friday the film ‘officially’ premiered at the Cinema Como on Chapel Street, and was screened again at Brown Alley (Colonial Hotel) for the after party featuring DJs from the film. It was a great night.
The film is currently available to buy from the Welcome to Wonderland Website with distribution to follow. The package includes the CD soundtrack as well as the DVD including almost 2 hours of extras (I never thought I’d get to be a special feature…). I also designed the sound for all the DVD menus which was heaps of fun. Check it out, it’s a great Australian film.
In the tradition of ‘It’s a Knockout’ the new game show Friday Night Games premiered last Friday 17 Februrary on Channel 10. Produced by Endemol Southern Star, I was commissioned to write the theme music. Friday Night Games runs for the next couple of months.
In other news…
The Floating Brothel premiered in North America on the PBS network on November 23 last year, screening as Voyage of the Courtesans on the ‘Secrets of the Dead’ series. You can actually watch their version here! It also screened this February 3 in the UK on BBC2 as part of the Timewatch series. No date as yet for the local screening but it should be on the ABC sometime in March or April.
It was worth the wait. The feature-length documentary Welcome to Wonderland had a special pre-release screening at the Rainbow Serpent Festival at midnight on Friday 27 January. Watching this documentary with friends James Short and Sioux Currie (the director and editor respectively) amoungst the gum trees under the stars was a beautiful and exhilarating experience. The numbers swelled enormously during the screening and the enthusiasm for the characters and the scene was insane. Great premiere and great night…
Just finished the score for an amazing documentary called The Floating Brothel for the ABC, BBC and PBS America. It’s a fantastic doco-drama examining the unlikely story of a boat load of convict women who resuscitated the dying colony of Sydney. Directed by Mark Lewis, edited by Karin Steininger and produced by Sonja Armstrong of Essential Media (previously Hilton Cordell Productions) this is a sumptous film of the type rarely made in this country. Tentatively scheduled to screen here early next year, I’ll let you all know the dates as they approach. It screens in Britain and America late November. I had so much fun doing this one…
Other News? A promo for the Yoga Radiance DVD was included with ‘The Age’ newspaper a couple of months ago.
Amelia and I have recently returned from a wonderful trip overseas visiting Hong Kong, Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, Turkey and Canada. Yes, we were busy! Far too many highlights to mention in full, but the standouts were Dubrovnik in Croatia, Mostar and Sarajevo in Bosnia, Budapest in Hungary, and Selcuk in Turkey. It’s hard to be back in the routine…
Fable Music’s Media Promos 2 Production Music CD has recently been released which I’m excited about. Eight tracks were contributed to this Image Library CD.
Prior to departing o/s I extended 4 tracks from the Welcome to Wonderland score for the soundtrack CD, which is to be released concurrent with the DVD later in the year.
I don’t know where the end of ’04 went, but I felt busy. I did a short film for Lucas Testro called Big Shoes to Fill which I was really pleased with. I also have finished the 5.1 mix for Welcome to Wonderland. There have been a number of post production delays and a couple of extra cues for me, but the sound mix is scheduled for early January, and the DVD release a couple of months after that. It’s a great doco and I’m looking forward to seeing it out there.
Welcome to Wonderland is a unique documentary by filmmaker James Short, which aims “to give the audience a greater insight into Australia’s outdoor dance culture and reveal its wonders…an incredible journey that unveils the beauty, power and intrigue created when music, the natural environment and people combine”. I was commissioned by James to create 9 tracks for the film, and am currently mixing the score in 5.1 Dolby Digital surround for the DVD release later this year.
Poker Kings aired on SBS on Wednesday 15th July at 10pm, and received positive reviews in national press publications, including the Melbourne Age, Daily Telegraph, and Sydney Morning Herald. It has also screened on the A&E network in North America, and is shortly to screen in both Ireland and Denmark.