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Life in Space and beyond…

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Finally got to see and hear the Imax film I scored late last year at the Melbourne premiere late March, and it was very cool hearing my music with Malcolm McDowell’s voice narrating the story! Life is Space is currently screening in the UK, Denmark, U.S.A., Canada and Australia.

I’ve also just finished a fascinating documentary titled, My Mother’s Lost Children, which will screen later this year on the BBC and hopefully get into a few film festivals along the way. Most of the scoring was for a small ensemble of woodwinds, strings and piano, with some other percussive and pad elements in the mix. It’s a film with many layers, just like an onion, and will probably bring you to tears of sympathy, frustration, or both!

The Doctor Blake Mysteries is in hybernation mode, after being axed by the ABC here in Australia; it’s top rating show, averaging 1.6 million viewers a week (high numbers for any network here in Australia)….there’s a telemovie being discussed and possibly other news as well.

Meanwhile, I’m really looking forward to commencing Jeff Daniel’s insightful new documentary about Collingwood footballer, Heritier Lumumba, for SBS and Nick & Eleanor’s (Waterbyrd Films) feature length documentary on MAMILS…should be fun!

 

 

Acid Ocean/Lethal Seas finalist at Jackson Hole Science & Media Awards

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LETHAL SEAS (the NOVA version of ACID OCEAN) is a finalist in the CHANGING PLANET category of the Science and Media Awards and Summit at Jackson Hole in the USA.

This nomination adds to our rather long list of other nominations and awards:

Winner Marine Science Award, BLUE Ocean Film Festival 2014

Finalist Best Science Journalism Award, Australian Museum Eureka Prizes 2014

Finalist Best Conservation Documentary Gold Panda Awards China 2014

Winner Environment Award, San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival, 2015

Finalist Green Image Festival Japan 2015

Invited Hawaii World Ocean’s Day Festival

Silver Award Handle Climate Change Film Festival Committee Award, HCCF China, 2015

Finalist Association for International Broadcasting Award for Science programme or scientific coverage 2015 Lethal Seas (US Version),

Lethal Seas (US Version) Nominated Changing Planet Award, 2016 Science Media Awards & Summit

 

Acid Ocean is also a finalist in the Best Ecology and Science Category at the Green Screen Nature Festival in Eckernforde Germany to be held 14-18 September 2016.

‘Blinky Bill’ Gets U.S. Release Via Shout! Factory

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Blinky Bill: The Movie, which was produced by Studio 100’s Sydney based animation studio, Flying Bark Productions, is getting a theatrical release in North American, courtesy of Shout! Factory and 100 Film. Their rights to the film also include broadcast, video-on-demand, digital and home entertainment rights for cross-platform releases. The film will be released first in the U.K. in August and then in the U.S. in September.

The family film features the voice cast of Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Rufus Sewell (The Man in High Castle), Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine), David Wenham (Lord Of The Rings), Deborah Mailman (Rabbit-Proof Fence), Richard Roxburgh (Moulin RougeMaya the Bee –  Movie), Robin McLeavy (Hell on Wheels), Barry Otto (The Great Gatsby) and Barry Humphries (Finding Nemo).

The film is about the little koala with a big imagination who is an adventurer at heart and dreams of leaving the little town of Green Patch and following in his missing father’s footsteps.

The family film was directed by Deane Taylor and co-directed by Alexs Stadermann from a script by Fin Edquist. It was produced by Barbara Stephen and executive produced by Hans Bourlon, Paul Cummins, A.K. Madhavan, Emily Price, Brian Rosen, Gert Verhulst and Jim Ballantine.

Indian Wedding Race – on SBS 8.30pm, Wed 13 April, 2016

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INDIAN WEDDING RACE is a humorous and heartfelt look at the real-life journey of two 29-year-old Indian-Australians, Dalvinder and Tarun, as they each embark on a franticly amusing adventure to find love and get married before they turn 30, while juggling the pressures from their very traditional parents and cultural expectations.

Capturing every step of the way on this emotional rollercoaster, INDIAN WEDDING RACE is a rare and close-up look at the world of Australia’s Indian community as it intimately explores with humour and warmth the pressures and vulnerability that these young people face as they race to make it to the temple on time.

 

Indian Wedding Race is Directed by Sean Cousins and Produced by Sally Ingleton.

Remembering the Man

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Documentary by filmmakers Nickolas Bird and Eleanor Sharpe has commenced it’s public release at the Nova Cinemas here in Melbourne. I wish Nick and Eleanor every success with this film and hope it reaches a much broader audience over time as it is such an important story to be told; especially to new generations who never witnessed what it was like to be gay in Australia during the 70’s & 80’s, as well as what people like John & Tim went through dying from HIV/AIDS.

Filmink; “This beautifully crafted documentary…revisits the lives of Tim Conigrave and his lover, John Caleo….Despite the tragedy that is at the heart of this documentary, it is a peculiarly uplifting and hopeful film. Operatic even…”

I’m very proud to be a part of this film.

 

Beginning of 2016

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Now that Santa has been and gone, I’m in the studio completing composition on The Doctor Blake Mysteries Season 4; it’s a cracker season with lots of mysteries to solve and lots going on in Lucien’s life. Without changing the core ensemble or sound, I’ve tried making the score a little darker, whilst still avoiding any percussive drums in the music (hopefully now a signature with this show)….although I did use a recording of rhythmic tapping on the inside of the piano for one episode!

Jeff Daniel’s feature length doco, Mother With a Gun, is a cracker! So glad to be working with Jeff again and I hope this documentary gets the attention it deserves. I’m creating a very percussive score for this film with lots of messed up electric guitar and new soundscapes.

Finally, I’ve just taken delivery of the picture lock of Life in Space, for giant screen IMAX. It’s all about our quest for signs of life in the universe and contains amazing imagery from space and back here on Earth, especially around the islands of Hawaii.

Better get back to writing!

 

Recent work

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It’s been a busy period since Christmas; finishing all 8 episodes of The Doctor Blake Mysteries Season 3, which has just started going to air here in Australia and, so far, being the highest rating show on Australian TV on a Friday night. Check out the opening music of ep 1 here;

I’ve enjoyed writing a more atmospheric score for Jennifer Ross’ short film, The Hardest Night;

I’ve also just finished scoring the music for an emotional & beautiful (feature-length) documentary titled, Remembering the Man, which is based on the lives of Tim Conigrave and John Caleo. The score features some wonderful performances by Josephine Vains on cello, Roger Jonsson on violin, Tristan Meredith on guitars, and the vocal talents of counter-tenor Maximilian Riebl.

It’s also turning into a busy year ahead with an animated feature film and a three part documentary series, for PBS America and SBS Australia, to complete before July. Looks like we’ll be doing the orchestral and rhythm section recordings in Dublin at Windmill Lane Studios, which is very exciting (especially if you’re a U2 fan)!