A particular achievement goes to the music in BACKTRACK from Dale Cornelius, providing a thick, robust injection of moody atmosphere to the film that truly sells the darkness. The score grabs the viewer by the ears and forces us to sit up and take notice right from the opening credits. It makes a statement, declaring something bad will happen and you do not want to miss out.

We Are Movie Geeks review of Backtrack feature film
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The very first strains I heard of Dale’s music were enough for me to understand I had come across a truly unique artist

Michael Petroni (Writer and Director)

Working with Dale has been one of the most creative and satisfying experiences I have had in over 25 years of producing for TV and movies. He has created in Blake some of the finest music I have ever heard and a theme tune that is so emotionally strong and evocative that it has become another character in the show.

George Adams, Executive Producer, The Doctor Blake Mysteries

Working with Dale has been one of the most creative and satisfying experiences I have had in over 25 years of producing for TV and movies. He has created in Blake some of the finest music I have ever heard and a theme tune that is so emotionally strong and evocative that it has become another character in the show.

George Adams, Executive Producer and Creator of The Doctor Blake Mysteries
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Julia Lester’s featured composer of the week, On The Verandah, ABC Classic FM, April 2011

Congratulations (on your ASMA nomination)! A very worthy recognition of a great score

John Moore, Producer of Gallipoli From Above

Absolutely gorgeous score….Here the music speaks in ways the characters do not

Epinions.com (Till Human Voices Wake Us)

Some composers tend to do the same thing again and again. Not Dale Cornelius. His scores…were all distinct and highly inventive

Sally Ingleton, 360 Degree Films

Kangaroo Mob has a theme so catchy I find myself humming it from week to week. I just adore what you have done with this film
I think you have amazing talent and I’m thrilled to know we have such a great composer and collaborator here in Australia for our film industry

Karina Holden, Commissioning Editor, Science & Natural History, ABC Documentaries

Amazing music soundtrack....nocturnal and ominous

Paul Harris 'Film Buff's Forecast' on the score for Backtrack (starring Adrien Brody)

Dale Cornelius’s original music, inexorably majestic and awesomely tragic, drives the mission

review of 'Uranium - Twisting the Dragon's Tail' The Australian Newspaper

Loved the series, loved the theme music. Dare I say it, but it's as good as (no, better than) the theme music for Midsomer Murders. And shades of Cello Blue. Just brilliant. Can't stop trying to play it on my piano.

scottmac99 (Doctor Blake Mysteries)

The very first strains I heard of Dale’s music were enough for me to understand I had come across a truly unique artist

Michael Petroni (producer/director/screen writer)

Kangaroo Mob has a theme so catchy I find myself humming it from week to week. I just adore what you have done with this film
I think you have amazing talent and I’m thrilled to know we have such a great composer and collaborator here in Australia for our film industry

Karina Holden, ex-Commissioning Editor, Science & Natural History, ABC Documentaries

Some composers tend to do the same thing again and again. Not Dale Cornelius. His scores…were all distinct and highly inventive

Sally Ingleton (producer & director) 360 Degree Films

Featured composer of the week, On The Verandah, ABC Classic FM

Awards and Nominations

Mother With A Gun (Netflix USA) (Documentary)

AUSTRALIAN SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS nomination for Best Music in a documentary 2017

The Doctor Blake Mysteries (Television Drama)

AUSTRALIAN SCREEN MUSIC AWARD for Best Television Theme 2013

The Doctor Blake Mysteries (Television Drama)

AUSTRALIAN SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS Nomination for Best Music in a Television Series 2014

Uranium, Twisting the Dragon’s Tail (Documentary Series)

AACTA nomination for Best Music in a documentary 2015

Dr. Sarmast’s Music School (Documentary)

AACTA AWARD for Best Sound/Music for a Documentary 2012

Ved Verdens Ende/At World’s End (Feature Film)

Danish Film Academy Awards nomination for Best Music in a Feature Film 2010

Adam Elliot’s ‘Mary & Max’ (Feature Film)

IF Award nomination for Best Music in a Feature Film 2009

Till Human Voices Wake Us (Feature Film)

The Age Newspaper, Critic’s Choice, Best Australian Feature Film Score 2002

Polo’s Robot (20 min Short Film)

AUSTRALIAN SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS nomination for Best Music in a Short Film 2010

Gallipoli From Above (Documentary)

AUSTRALIAN SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS nomination for Best Music in a Documentary 2011

As Seen On

List of Major Works

  • THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES (2013-2017) 44 x 52min & 1 x 106min Drama, Seasons 1-5, on ABC & BBC One. Winner of Best Television Theme (2013) Nominated for Best Music in a Television Series (2014) at the Australian Screen Music Awards
  • CLIFFY – The Cliff Young Story (drama) (2012) ABC tele-movie
  • MY MOTHER’S LOST CHILDREN (2017) Feature Length Documentary BBC/ABC
  • MOTHER WITH A GUN (2016) Feature Length Documentary, Netflix U.S. Nominated Best Music Aust. Screen Music Awards 2017
  • JFK – The Smoking Gun (2013) 92min Dramatised Documentary, ReelZ Channel & SBS
  • FAIR GAME (2017) 52min Documentary for SBS
  • ACID OCEAN/LETHAL SEAS (2013) Natural History Documentary
  • DEVIL ISLAND (2013) Natural History Series (6 x 1/2hr) ABC, ITV, FranceTV
  • AIM HIGH IN CREATION (2013) Feature Length Documentary, Melbourne International Film Festival 2013
  • POSSUM WARS (2013) ABC Natural History
  • DIRTY BUSINESS (2012) 3 x 52min documentary series for SBS
  • QUEEN OF THE DESERT (2012) documentary for ABC
  • ANATOMY: BRAIN (2012) documentary for ABC
  • GALLIPOLI FROM ABOVE (2012) documentary for History Channel – Nominated for Best Music in a Documentary at 2012 Aust. Screen Music Awards
  • Composer for the AUSTRALIAN PAVILION at two WORLD EXPO’s Shanghai, China (2010) & Nagoya, Japan (2006)
  • BLINKY BILL (2015) (children’s animation) feature film with the voices of Robin McLeavy, Toni Collette, Ryan Kwanten, Barry Humphries and Deborah Mailman
  • BACKTRACK (2014) (psychological thriller) feature film written & directed by Michael Petroni. Starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neil. Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival NYC 2015
  • MARY & MAX (2009) (claymation) feature film written & directed by Adam Elliot. Featuring the voices of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette, Eric Bana and Barry Humphries. Opening Night Selection Sundance Film Festival 2009. Nominated Best Music in a Feature Film at the 2009 Australian IF Awards
  • AT WORLD’S END (2009) (action/adventure/comedy) feature film starring Nikolaj Kie Kaas & Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones). Nominated for Best Feature Film Score at the Danish Film Academy Awards 2009
  • TILL HUMAN VOICES WAKE US (2002) (drama/mystic/romance) feature film written & directed by Michael Petroni. Starring Guy Pearce and Helena Bonham Carter. The Age Newspaper Critic’s Choice for Best Music in an Australian Feature Film 2002
  • CHARLIE & BOOTS (2009) (drama/comedy) feature film starring Shane Jacobson & Paul Hogan
  • STRANGE BEDFELLOWS (2004) (comedy) feature film starring Paul Hogan, Pete Postlethwaite & Michael Caton
  • EARTH STORY (2017), IMAX Giant Screen 3D Documentary
  • THE SEARCH FOR LIFE IN SPACE (2016), IMAX Giant Screen 3D Documentary
  • HIDDEN UNIVERSE (2013), IMAX Giant Screen 3D documentary
  • URANIUM – TWISTING THE DRAGON’s TAIL (2015) 3 x 52min Documentary Series, PBS America, SBS, ZDF/ARTE (France/Germany)
  • REMEMBERING THE MAN (2015) feature-length documentary
  • 10 CONDITIONS OF LOVE (2009) documentary, Melb International Film Festival
  • TRIPLE ZERO HEROES (2009) Observational TV documentary series, 7 episodes, Channel 7 Australia
  • ONCE BITTEN (2009) documentary series SBS – AFI/AACTA nomination
  • FAMILY FOOTSTEPS (2007/2008) reality/documentary series 1 & 2, ABC
  • MURDER IN THE SNOW (2008) documentary BBC & SBS
  • DR. SARMAST’S MUSIC SCHOOL (2012) feature length documentary, Sydney Int. Film Festival, AACTA Award for Best Sound/Music in a documentary
  • AUSTRALIA ON TRIAL (2011) documentary drama series (3 x 1hr) ABC1
  • THE TRIANGLE WARS (2011) feature length documentary, Melbourne International Film Festival
  • AUSTRALIA’S GREATEST FLOOD (2011) documentary for National Geographic U.S.
  • CHARLES BEAN’S GREAT WAR (2010) documentary for The History Channel
  • OUT OF THE ASHES (2010) ABC & WNET New York
  • PENGUIN ISLAND SERIES (2010) BBC1, ABC, ARTE France & National Geographic