On Christmas Eve 1974, Cyclone Tracy devastated Darwin. Tracy is one of the worst natural disasters to strike Australia, and the subsequent evacuation of most of the cities population was an extraordinary and highly contentious military-style operation that is unparalleled in our history.
Now, 40 years later, many of the myths about the disaster and its aftermath can be examined, and stories that have gone untold, including those of Aboriginal people, can be revealed. Is it true that many traditional Aboriginal people left Darwin before the cyclone hit or was this just a convenient rumour that saw authorities dodge their duty of care to Aboriginal people?
Blown Away is based on in-depth eyewitness interviews, immersive animation, and extensive archival material including extraordinary newsreel and stunning photographs, intensified by an evocative musical score. Blown Away is written and directed by Danielle Maclean, produced by Rachel Clements, produced and edited by James Bradley, with original music score by Caitlin Yeo. Tune in to ABC1 on Tuesday 23rd of December at 8:30pm to see this remarkable documentary.
If you’ve read the books you will love this series. Tashi, Jack and Lotus Blossom journey into amazing lands, and go on many whacky adventures.
Produced and animated by Flying Bark Productions, and a catchy theme song by Caitlin Yeo and Jonathan Dower, this re-make of the popular kids books by Barbara and Anna Fienberg is a must see.
Watch it now! Broadcasting on 7Two Monday to Friday at 7:30am.
Try and learn the monster rhyme from the theme song if you can;
(lyrics by Caitlin Yeo and Jonathan Dower)
Its been a brilliant ride working on Blown Away; a documentary to commemorate 40 years after the wrath of Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin. Brindle Films and Nirvana Films were commissioned by ABC Television to create the documentary Blown Away which explores the myths and reveals new perspectives on the Cyclone Tracy event. Written and directed by Danielle MacLean, Produced by Rachel Clements and James Bradley, and featuring the extraordinary stories told by the Darwinians of the time, this documentary is a must see. Stayed tuned for air dates in December.
(photos courtesy of Tim Alewood)
Great news! Basil Hogios and Caitlin Yeo have been nominated for a 2014 APRA AGSC Screen Music Awards for their music on The Killing Field. This was a true First Cut Studio collaboration between the composers. Their moody, dark, brooding score helped bring this great Channel 7 murder mystery to life earlier this year when it screened to over 1.8 million viewers.
‘There’s a slick competence about (The Killing Field).. with a superb score from Basil Hogios and Caitlin Yeo’
Staged jointly by the Australian Guild of Screen Composers and APRA AMCOS, the Screen Music Awards celebrate those quiet achievers of the Australian music industry who create the magic between screen and sound. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday 12 November at the City Recital Hall in Sydney.
A warm congratulations to all the nominees this year.
Click here for a full list of nominees for the event.
Discover gamelan, the traditional music of Central Java, with Langen Suka, Sydney Gamelan Association.
I am dusting off the old Suling to perform with Langen Suka at Sydney University on June 14th.
Under the artistic direction of Vi King Lim, the performance will take place as traditional Javanese Klenengan, where guests are invited to relax and enjoy music in an informal environment.
SATURDAY 14th June
4pm – Old Darlington School
Maze Crescent, Darlington
University of Sydney
Entry by donation. I look forward to seeing you there.
PART 1 – BEIJING
John Doyle and Tim Flannery’s journey through China starts in Beijing. They follow the trail of Australian iron ore, and ask: Should we be more than China’s quarry? This is a 3-part series produced by CordeljigsawZapruder, directed by Viv Mcgrath, with music by Caitlin Yeo and Amanda Brown.
Two Men in China sees the indefatigable Tim Flannery and John Doyle – armed with inquisitive minds and enduring humour – explore our powerful neighbour and our major trading partner. This is fun and thought-provoking TV. If you loved Two Men in A Tinnie, you will love this series.
‘The Killing Field’ airs on Channel 7 this Sunday 4 May, 8.30pm. The highly anticipated tele movie features a haunting, dark, and emotional score co-composed by Basil Hogios and Caitlin Yeo. Rebecca Gibney is fantastic as the unshakable detective Eve Winter in this movie.
Last week was a stellar week for Caitlin Yeo as she picked up two awards for best music; a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Kim Mordaunt’s critically acclaimed debut feature film The Rocket, and a WOW Film Festival award for Louise Alston’s humorous short Photocopier.
Hot off the press, Caitlin has also just finished co-writing the titles song for kids TV series Tashi with friend and colleague Jonathan Dower, and co-writing with Basil Hogios, the score for channel 7 telemovie, The Killing Field, starring Rebecca Gibn
Hey how about that!? Some more great news is The Rocket has been nominated for 7 Awards at the 2013 FCCA Awards For Australian Film including Best Film, Best Directing, Best Performance by Young Actor (Sitthiphon Dismoe), Best Script (Kim Mordaunt), Best Cinematography (Andrew Commis ACS), Best Music (Caitlin Yeo), Best Editing (Nick Meyers ASE). WELL DONE! Winners announced March 11th.