Black and White and Sex

OPENING CINEMAS IN MARCH.

Black & White & Sex is on a roll…

edgy, confronting and captivating exploration of sex and seduction” – Filmink

http://www.filmink.com.au/feature/sex-lies-amp-video-tape/

Sydney – Premiere 16 March followed by five consecutive Friday night special event screenings: 

Tickets: http://www.titanview.com/index.php/screenings/black-white-sex-screenings

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Fox Newman Scoring Session for ASCAP

In July 2011, Iattended the 2011 ASCAP Film and TV Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis in Los Angeles.

Although the entire trip was an amazing experience, without doubt the highlight was the chance to compose for a 62-piece orchestra. The recording session at Fox Newman Scoring stage was an amazing experience. The orchestra were on their second call of the day, their first being John Williams.

The clip I was assigned was the opening scene of Ice Age 2.  I chose to approach the scene with an exotic, playful style. I wanted the music to twist and turn with the characters and create a theme park of fun.

Please note the astounding music mix by JOHN HAENY in Tasmania. He brought this piece to life more than I could ever have imagined. Lastly, I had a lot of fun adding a little extra accordion on to the piece. Enjoy!

An Exotic Ride – ASCAP Workshop;

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Back from L.A…..

I have just returned from the ultimate crash course in the rhythm of hollywood for screen composers. The ASCAP Film and TV Scoring Workshop. Whilst there i was fortunate enough to be mentored by the insightful Richard Bellis. Along with 11 other hand-picked participants, we had a month long masterclass with industry professionals on the craft and business of Hollywood.

On day 1 of the workshop, we were given a clip from a well known Hollywood film, to score for a 62 piece orchestra of the best players in LA, and a little over a week to compose it!  Our ideas were brought to fruition on the night of the scoring session where we had just 16 minutes to conduct and record a 2.5 minute piece of music. To say this was a highlight of my trip is an understatement. The orchestra was marvellous, and brought the music to life with enthusiasm and style. The respect these players have for film music, both written by established and emerging composers was refreshing. They were there to work with us to make the best possible sounding score….and they did!

Stay tuned to hear the piece i wrote…..will spend the next few weeks mixing it, and then will post it on this site. It’s a whole heap of fun!

Not only did i experience the joys of working with such a high-end orchestra, i was also given seminars and tours with some of Hollywoods most talented composers. A highlight was visiting Ron Jones. He is extremely passionate about his craft and told us enough anecdotes to give us a sneak peak into the politics of hollywood.

On the return Qantas Flight, I was delighted to find the feature film i scored called Jucy. (KCDC and Bunker Productions) as part of the inflight entertainment. Thanks for supporting Australian film Qantas.  A wonderful treat to end an insightful and remarkable experience.” height=”203″

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Seduction in the City: The Birth of Shopping – Set to bedazzle SBS Viewers on Wednesday 27th July

Next Wednesday  27th July, Part 1 of the two part series Seduction in The City:The Birth of Shopping premiers on SBS at 8:30pm.

I scored the music for this delightfully opulent and witty series at the end of 2010. Director Sally Aitken and the Essential Media team were an absolute pleasure to work with.

Read on to find out more……

The story of the department store is the cleverest invention of the industrial revolution; surprisingly the genius idea of turning wants into needs not only created consumer culture, it also, paradoxically, sowed the seeds of female emancipation.

This two-part series reveals the foresight of store entrepreneurs such as Rowland H. Macy, Harry Selfridge, John Wanamaker, Aristide Boucicaut and Sidney Myer, who invented such revolutionary concepts such as easy credit, returns policies, window displays, changing rooms and Santa parades. These dynamic showmen created a theatre of shopping, and in doing so changed the world.

At the store a new cast of characters emerged: multi-millionaire owners and upwardly mobile shop girls. The store inspired writers and artists, and helped nurture the aspirations of middle-class life. For the first time, shoppers of all income levels gathered at the same emporiums. The “bargain basement” delivered egalitarian ideals while breaking down old codes of class distinction.

This new commerce had an underbelly, too. Status anxiety, instant gratification, standardised sizing and debt, all entered the modern lexicon. Shopping for fun also gave rise to a new disease – kleptomania. Some consumers desperate for goods even resorted to prostitution to pay for outstanding bills.

The documentary vividly brings to life the world of the early department stores by combining rich reconstructions of archetypal characters, magical animation and illuminating expert interviews together with quirky advertisements, extraordinary diary excerpts and letters and posters of the age

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JUCY is on at the Seattle International Film Festival

Jucy is a fantastic womantic comedy of crazy proportions that i scored last year. It is totally fun and true to Louise Alston’s Australian comic style. Currently, it’s screening at the Seattle International Film Festival.

Rather than a celebrity couple like Brangelina, Louise Alston’s warm-hearted comedy revolves around the womance of flame-haired Jackie and full-figured Lucy (Cindy Nelson and Francesca Gasteen, real-life best friends who created the characters together), aka Jucy, which has come to an end as the film begins. Alston then backtracks to better days as the two Brisbane video store clerks and amateur actresses spend all their time together to the consternation of friends and relatives who find them adolescent—which isn’t completely off the mark. With their predilection for animal prints and neon nail polish, they’re like a younger, working-class version of the fun-loving duo in Absolutely Fabulous, but the fun stops when Jackie sets her sights on shallow stage actor/director Alex (Ryan Johnson), unaware that assistant director Trevor (Damien Freeleagus) finds her far more interesting. Both ladies audition to play Jane Eyre opposite Alex’s Rochester, but their friendship deteriorates when the cast list comes out. Cast as crazy Mrs. Rochester, Jackie chooses that time to go off her meds, and all hell breaks loose. Worse yet, everyone conspires to keep Jucy from getting back together, challenging Jackie and Lucy to see if they can grow up and make up at the same time.

Its a must see guys and gals in Seattle. Also, check out the french chanson that i wrote with the delightful Lara Goodridge (Fourplay String Quartet) for the opening dance number.

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“My America” and “Black & White & Sex” premier screening at 2011 Sydney Film Festival

Great news! Two films which I recently scored have been programmed to premier at the 2011 Sydney Film Festival. Read on for more details. See you there.

My America is a feature documentary about Peter Hegedus’ search for his Amercian dream. Growing up in socialist Hungary in the 1980s, filmmaker Peter Hegedus was obsessed with Hollywood movies – the kind where the USA always stood for truth and justice. This film is  quirky, fun and heartfelt journey where Peter discovers that America does not turn out to be what he expected.

Black & White & Sex Australian producer John Winter (Rabbit-Proof Fence, Doing Time with Patsy Cline) makes his directorial debut with a conceptually daring work that adopts a film-within-a-film structure. Angie (played alternately by Katherine Hicks, Anya Beyersdorf, Valerie Bader, Roxane Wilson, Michelle Vergara Moore, Dina Panozzo, Saskia Burmeister and Maia Thomas) is a sex worker being interviewed by a director (Matthew Holmes) who is making a film about sex.  This film is intriguing and intoxicating. Worth a watch!

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