Join some of Australia’s leading and award winning screen composers in this unique new course as they guide us through the creation of screen music, with selected clips from a broad range of films and TV drama they have helped come to life. This course will take you inside the creative process to learn how creativity and technology fuse to produce a soul stirring fusion of images and music.
Music is arguably the most visceral of artforms, instantly touching our senses; when combined with the moving image it’s a powerful force that provides emotional connection to the images.
The composers will articulate why and how they have created their scores within the strict parameters of composing for the screen. Participants will have an opportunity to join the discussion, led by film critic & journalist Andrew L. Urban (who also presents Movies Now).
This course is presented in association with APRA|AMCOS – Australian Performing Rights Association & Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited. APRA|AMCOS work to ensure that composers, songwriters and publishers are rewarded whenever, and wherever, their musical works are played, performed or reproduced.
(Subject to change depending on composer’s availability)
David Hirschfelder – Shine, Elizabeth, Australia, Sanctum In 1987, David’s score for the documentary Suzy’s Story earned him a Penguin award. David’s work on Baz Luhrmann’s film Strictly Ballroom in 1992 earned him a BAFTA for best original score. In the years that followed, David enjoyed many successes including Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for the multi-award winning film Shine, and an AFI nomination for his score to the psychological thriller The Interview, starring Hugo Weaving. David’s colossal score for Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchette (composed for a 90- piece orchestra and a 40-piece choir) was nominated for an Oscar, and was honoured with a BAFTA award and an APRA award for Best Original Score. David then took on several film projects including What Becomes of the Broken Hearted, the confronting sequel to the New Zealand cult film Once Were Warriors. He has also scored many TV dramas and the BBC mini series Kidnapped.
Lisa Gerrard – Gladiator, Heat, The Insider, Balibo, Man on Fire Lisa is one of the world’s leading screen composers and unique vocal artists. Among the many films and documentaries she has scored or contributed to are Gladiator, Insider, Whale Rider, Black Hawk Down, Heat, Ali, King Arthur, Tears Of The Sun, The Mist, Salem’s Lot, A Thousand Roads, Ashes & Snow, Layer Cake, El Nino de la Luna, Balibo, Henry Poole Is Here, Solo, Playing For Charlie & Ichi. Lisa has received Golden Globe nominations for Insider and Ali and Oscar Nominations for Gladiator and four International awards for Whale Rider.
Guy Gross – The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Farscape (TV sci-fi series), East West 101 (TV drama series), Joanne Lees – Murder in the Outback Guy is one of Australia’s leading film and television composers and recipient of the APRA/AGSC International Achievement Award, considered the most prestigious accolade for an Australian screen composer. From his British Academy Award (BAFTA) nominated score for the international hit The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to the US sci-fi series Farscape, and the acclaimed TV drama series East West 101, his scores cover a huge variety of styles. Testament to this diversity, Guy has received numerous peer awards from the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC) and The Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA) including awards for Best Music for a Telemovie, Documentary, Children’s Series, Short film, Animation, Promotional Video, Advertisement, TV Theme and twice for Best Music for a TV Series.
Burkhard Dallwitz – The Truman Show, Underbelly (TV series), The Way Back His score for the landmark TV series Underbelly has won several awards. Over the years Burkhard has been the recipient of several APRA/AGSC Screen Music Awards and nominations and in 1999, he was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Original Score in a Motion Picture for The Truman Show. This score also won The Chicago Film Critics’ Award and the ASCAP Film and Television Award, and the soundtrack reached number two on the Billboard charts. In 2001 he won the APRA award for Best Television Theme for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The world renowned 385-voice Tabernacle Choir performed and recorded his theme for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics. In 2008 Burkhard wrote the 2008 Beijing Olympics Theme for Network Seven.
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