MOVING PICTURES
(duration ~ 35:00)
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Program note –
From blockbusters to obscure art-house, Moving Pictures is a suite in eleven movements assembled from film scores I have composed over the last decade.
This suite embraces a wide range of genres including comedy, drama, documentary, mockumentary and Imax. Composing the scores for these pictures provided me with the opportunity to collaborate with some of Australia’s most fascinating & inspiring film makers.
1. The Raiders
(from “Babe, Pig in the City” directed by George Miller 1997.)
The sequel to “Babe” finds the pig stranded in the city at the Flealands hotel, home of the eccentric Fugly Floom & his performing animal circus. A series of disasters culminate in a raid by the city authorities who impound all the animals.
2. The Nugget
– from “The Nugget” directed by Bill Bennett, 2002.
Eric Bana features as a member of the “Black Tar Gang” – three road workers who stumble upon the world’s biggest gold nugget and become instant millionaires, although they soon discover that being rich isn’t all its cracked up to be.
Director Bill Bennett wanted the music to evoke a fairy tale atmosphere for this endearing & laconic fable.
3. The Evil Empire
4. Lament
(from “Children of the Revolution” directed by Peter Duncan, 1996)
Peter Duncan’s debut feature tells the story of a young passionate leftist, Joan Fraser (Judy Davis), whose work for world revolution in the late 1940s in Australia was the unrivaled focus of her life. Her stream of letters to Joseph Stalin (F. Murray Abraham) leads to a meeting with him at the Kremlin, resulting in the birth of their love child Joe Welch, who later becomes the leader of the most powerful law-enforcement union in Australia and ends up pushing the nation to the verge of civil war.
Bristling with satire, “The Evil Empire” is stylistically akin to the sort of music you might hear performed by the Red Army Choir & sets the tone for the film’s location in the Kremlin & the hilarious portrayal of Joseph Stalin & the three stooges Khrushchev, Beria and Molenkov.
Lament deals with issues of unrequited love & lost opportunities that pervade the lives of a number of key characters within the story.
5. Hells Bells
– from “A little bit of Soul”, directed by Peter Duncan, 1997.
Geoffrey Rush is the devil-worshipping Australian Finance Minister who’s greedy pursuit for the elixir of everlasting youth becomes his undoing.
This faustian comedy of epic proportions required a score to match its high energy with overtones of satanic ritual & manic devil worship.
6. A Noble Heart (Saint – Saens arranged Westlake)
– from “Babe, Pig in the City” directed by George Miller 1997.
In this set of variations of the glorious theme from Saint Saen’s third symphony (incorporated at the request of the director), Babe performs an act of heroic bravery, proving once again that an unprejudiced heart can change the established order.
7. Penguin Ballet
8. Scott’s Theme
– from “Antarctica” directed by John Weiley.
The camera crew frequently risked their lives in the making of this Imax documentary, braving below freezing temperatures in order to capture never before seen footage of penguins performing an exquisite underwater ballet below the ice cap.
The film tracks the path of the early Antarctic explorers, “Scotts theme” being a poignant tribute to the bravery & tragic outcome of British explorer Robert Falcon Scott’s bid for the south pole.
9. The Sheep pig
– from “Babe” directed by Chris Noonan, 1995.
Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) is seen teaching his pig how to herd sheep. Needless to say Mrs Hoggett (Magda Szubanski) is somewhat concerned for her husbands state of mind.
10. The Age of Reason
– from “Solarmax” directed by John Weiley, 2000.
In a series of spectacular shots downloaded from the SOHO telescope positioned in space a million miles from earth, the suns turbulent surface is revealed for the first time in staggering detail. “The Age of Reason” is a kind of Hymn to science.
11. The Hogget Polka
– from “Babe – Pig in the City directed by George Miller, 1997.
In the process of gate crashing the solubrious hospital fundraising ball, Mrs Hoggett is finally reunited with her precious pig in a slapstick sequence of mayhem & disaster, bringing the formal proceedings to a crashing halt with much swinging from chandeliers, pie throwing & general buffoonery.