'Killing Ground' Goes to Sundance

 

We're thrilled KILLING GROUND will make it's international debut at the Sundance FIlm Festival. It will be showing alongside fellow 2017 Australian selections Berlin Syndrome (Dir Cate Shortland), Red Dog, as well as Cate Blanchett in Manifesto, Toni Collette in The Yellow Birds and Emily Browning in Golden Exits. 

More on the score and our journey from the depths of the Australian bush to Sundance soon!


The Sundance Film Festival runs January 19 - 29 2017. 

Scoring Australian Feature Killing Ground

Excited to see Damien Power's feature debut premiering at the Melbourne Film Festival in August, and grateful for the hard working music team who were in the trenches with me on this intense suspenseful survival thriller. 

If you get a chance to see it - go!

Big congrats to Damien Power and Joe Weatherstone and everyone who had a hand in bringing it to the screen.

From the MIFF website:

"A remote campsite. An abandoned tent. A romantic getaway to die for.

When young urbanites Ian and Sam decide to go camping, they arrive at their isolated destination to discover another tent already set up, but no sign of its owners. With the other campers at large, Ian and Sam's discovery of a child wandering alone sets off a terrifying chain of events that will push them to their limits – and beyond.

Inspired by Michael Haneke's Funny Games and Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs, writer/director Damien Power's gloriously tense and unsettling feature-film debut Killing Ground showcases a menacingly against-type Aaron Pedersen, in a low-budget survival thriller pulsing with high-stakes scares, piercing intensity and shocking violence that will make you think twice next time you dare to head beyond the bright lights of the city."

Killing Ground is supported by Screen Australia.

PORTRAIT OF A RIVER

I'm happy to announce that my new film with artist Jon Tarry is now showing simultaneously at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles as part of their LUMINATE series (October 17 - November 28th), and currently forms part of the Perth International Arts Festival in Western Australia.  

Scripting project by:
Jon Tarry - Artist
Leah Curtis - Composer

In collaboration with Kirralea Birch and Roly Skender

Sound Performance - Jon Tarry
Original Music and Sound edit - Leah Curtis
Visual Concept - Jon Tarry
Camera / Editing and Mastering - Roly Skender
Performer - Kirralea Birch
Violins - Savannah Jo Lack

 

 

NEW FILM: LIFELINE

I’m excited to have finished the new score for Fawaz Al-Matrouk’s (To Rest in Peace, Exitus Roma) film LIFELINE. I created the score with live strings and clarinet to carry this beautiful story by John Dion. There are some long time collaborators on this project including the incredible Teri Reeves (Chicago Fire, Exitus Roma). 


NOMINATION FOR “BEST SCORE - COMMERCIAL” AT THE HMMA'S

After teaming up with director Amit Gupta and the Hello Robot team in LA and India for their new Woodland spot, we’re excited to be up for Best Song/Score for a Commercial Advertisement at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. This was a fun and fairly epic challenge for the cinema. We relished bringing in live strings and American Indian flute to bring it to life and hope to share it with you all soon.

NOMINATION FOR “BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (INDIE FEATURE/SHORT/DOCUMENTARY)”

NOMINATION FOR “BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (INDIE FEATURE/SHORT/DOCUMENTARY)” AT THE HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARDS

I’m happy to have received the news of a nomination of Best Original Score (Indie Feature / Short / Documentary) at the 2013 HMMAs.  The nominated music features the brilliant violinist Savannah Jo Lack and extraordinary guitarist Craig Stull.

BEST WORLD MUSIC HMMA

We have good news - we are delighted to announce we won Best World Music at the HMMAs in Hollywood with Animula Vagula (a classical Latin poem I set to music penned by the Emperor Hadrian at the end of his life).  

Congratulation to my wonderful music team - Director Fawaz Al-Matrouk, vocalist Lisbeth Scott, violinist Savannah Jo Lack, woodwinds Chris Bleth, and music mixer Ronan Chris Murphy. So grateful for having a team such as this on this beautiful film.

Next stop Melbourne’s APRA AGSC Screen Music Awards…

APRA AGSC SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATION

NOMINATION FOR “BEST ORIGINAL SONG COMPOSED FOR THE SCREEN”  - THE APRA AGSC SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS

"Today we pay tribute to the leading lights of Australian screen composition with the announcement of nominees for the 2012 SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS. The event, to be held this year in Melbourne on Monday November 19th, is jointly staged by APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) and the AGSC (Australian Guild of Screen Composers). It is the only Australian event where the music and screen industry gather to celebrate excellence in the composition of music for film and television.”

PARK CITY FILM MUSIC FESTIVAL WIN

I was charmed by Utah and my time at the Park City Film Music Festival. What a gorgeous part of the world. I even managed a visit to Sundance for lunch which was just stunning.

Our good news is that we placed 3rd out of 60 films chosen for competition for BEST IMPACT OF MUSIC IN A SHORT FILM.  Many thanks to Leslie Harlow and the PCFMF team who were so accommodating and gave us such a terrific welcome.

I’m so grateful for the superb Director Fawaz Al-Matrouk and his stunning filmTo Rest in Peace, and the brilliant musicians who are featured on the score Lisbeth Scott, Armen Anassian, MB Gordy, Alan Steinberger, Lynn Grants, Mary Anne Steinberger, Nancy Roth, Chris Bleth, Dean Parks, as well as John Rodd, Dave Lawrence, Karim Elmahmoudi, Charlie Paakkari.

They truly are a dream team.

'EXITUS ROMA' SCORE RECEIVES DOUBLE NOMINATION

The main song I wrote for Fawaz Al-Matrouk’s Roman Epic has just been nominated for two Hollywood Music in Media Awards.  

BEST SONG - INDEPENDENT FILM / DOCUMENTARY / SHORT

BEST WORLD SONG

'Animula Vagula' was written to a poem by the Roman Emperor Hadrian penned not long before his passing. It is sung by the incredibly talented Lisbeth Scott (Narnia, Munich) along with Choristers from St Paul’s Cathedral who are directed by Martin Green.  It also includes the soaring violin of Savannah Jo Lack, and mixed by LA recording engineer Ronan Chris Murphy.

More news, including the release date of the song (and Fawaz Al Matrouk’s brilliant film) coming soon…

NEW TRAILER: EXITUS ROMA

The brand new trailer for Fawaz Al-Matrouk’s stunning Ancient Roman drama Exitus Roma with a new song and score is complete.


On the very first page of Fawaz Al-Matrouk's Exitus Roma screenplay, there was our main character Claudia, in a boat, singing a song. A song that would need writing before the shoot, in Classical Latin and developed from the themes of the score. This led to firstly commit to musical themes before the shoot, composing this song, and me on set on the overnight shoot at a massive LA water tank, vocal coaching the brilliantly talented Teri Reeves (NBCs Chicago Fire).  We later recorded the title track with Lisbeth Scott for the end credits.

On the very first page of Fawaz Al-Matrouk’s Exitus Roma screenplay, there was our main character Claudia, in a boat, singing a song. A song that would need writing before the shoot, in Classical Latin and developed from the themes of the score. This led to firstly commit to musical themes before the shoot, composing this song, and me on set on the overnight shoot at a massive LA watertank vocal coaching the brilliantly talented Teri Reeves (NBC’s Chicago Fire).  We later recorded the title track with Lisbeth Scott for the end credits.

Pic: Leah Curtis at the massive water tank for the overnight shoot of Exitus Roma - vocal coaching Teri Reeves.