25th September 2013

The Turning


Tomorrow, September 26, the movie of Tim Winton’s ‘The Turning’ is released in cinemas nationally.
It is an omnibus film with 17 different directors and a multitude of Australia’s finest actors and creatives involved, all wrangled by Robert Connolly.
It was a thrill to contribute the score to Tony Ayres’ chapter, titled ‘Cockleshell’.

The Turning

You can visit the website for the film here to book tickets, or to see more details.

11th September 2013

When Time Stops – Expressions Dance Company


Last Friday, a new work titled When Time Stops was premiered in Brisbane by Expressions Dance Company. I’ve had a brilliant time collaborating with that company, their choreographer Natalie Weir and the remarkable Camerata of St John’s, who perform my score live on stage. It’s been getting some great reviews, which you can read here, here, here and here. Only on for three more days.

Thur 12 September 11.30am*

Fri 13 September 7.30pm

Sat 14 September 7.30pm

14th August 2013

2013 Helpmann Awards


Well, who’d have guessed that? I am the happy recipient of not one but two 2013 Helpmann Awards for my work on the STC show ‘Secret River’.

The awards were for Best Musical Direction and Best Original Score.

‘Secret River’ also picked up awards for Best Play, Best New Australian Work, Best Direction of a Play for Neil Armfield and Best Supporting Actor in a Play for Colin Moody.

The Helpmann Awards “recognize distinguished artistic achievement and excellence across the major disciplines of Australia’s live performance industry.” The full list of winners can be seen here.

The ceremony was held on the 29th July in the Sydney Opera House, presented by my old friend and colleague Eddie Perfect and new friend and colleague Christie Whelan-Browne. Which is all well and good, but I wasn’t there sharing the fun with them – I was with my dear family in Germany, and sent acceptance speeches by video.

These awards belong to every member of the Secret River family, and I can’t wait to chop the statuettes up into the dozens of pieces required to disperse amongst the deserving many.

30th April 2013

Barry Humphries, Meow Meow and ACO


It’s been my very great pleasure recently to work alongside three great institutions – the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian polymath Barry Humphries and my dear long-time collaborator Meow Meow on a concert presentation of Entartete Musik (‘degenerate music’) from between the wars. Details are on a separate page here, and the performances are still running as outlined below – it’s an ACO subscription concert series.

I reckon it’s great, but I’m biased. You can read less biased, more informed reviews here and here

Tues 23 Apr 8:00 PM, Angel Place
Wed 24 Apr 7:00 PM, Angel Place
Fri 26 Apr 1:30 PM, Angel Place
Sat 27 Apr 7:00 PM, Angel Place
Wed 1 May 8:00 PM, Brisbane Concert Hall
Fri 3 May 8:00 PM, Sydney Opera House
Sun 5 May 2:30 PM, Hamer Hall
Mon 6 May 8:00 PM, Hamer Hall
Tues 7 May 8:00 PM, Adelaide Town Hall
Wed 8 May 7:30 PM, Perth Concert Hall

19th March 2013

Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award

I’m the proud recipient of the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award 2012 for an Individual.
I shared the stage with recipients Philip Rolfe, who received he Facilitator’s Prize and the fantastic Ilbijerri Theatre Company who received the Group Prize.
The Award was presented to me by Robyn Archer on behalf of the Trustees of the Sidney Myer Fund at the Spiegeltent in Canberra on 14th March 2013. On the night I accompanied Lisa Maza, sister of Rachael Maza, who is AD of Ilbijerri. I first met Lisa when we worked together on the Jimmy Chi Musical Corrugation Road, so it was a joy to make music with her again.
I also performed Inma Kutju for the assembled guests.
You can read the kind words said about me here