“...(a) first rate score...”

VARIETY

“…a highly accomplished musician and composer…she not only revealed her own exceptional talent, but also the adaptability of Shakespeare’s plays to modern electronic music.” 

JANE DARGAVILLE


“...confidently scored and expressively balancing power with reflection.” 

W.L. HOFFMANN - MUSIC CRITIC


“Curtis’ music shares Rachel Portman’s sweeping lyrical quality but also has the urgency and freshness typical of Australian scores.” 

PHILIP O’BRIEN


“(Curtis displays)…a sure creative hand in both the development of the music as well as in the assurance of her handling of orchestral colours.” 

W.L. HOFFMANN - MUSIC CRITIC


“Curtis…already has an impressive track record as a composer.  Soon the Sydney Symphony will premiere a major new work by this dynamic young musician.” 

PHILLIP SAMETZ – SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MAGAZINE

 

“The symphony is an arresting musical evocation of the images and colours of the Australian landscape.” 

W.L. HOFFMANN - MUSIC CRITIC

 

“And Power shows welcome restraint in avoiding the usual cheap tricks of jump scares and jarring music cues, instead employing the ominous strings of Leah Curtis' score to quieter, more unnerving effect...”

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

 

“To watch Leah create is a true pleasure - the range of musical disciplines her mind scrolls through to create the right sound for making each piece of film a better piece of art often generates an emotional reaction. For a writer like me, to watch Leah transform or supplement story via sound is a fairly magical experience.”

ELLIOT V KOTEK - EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, BEYOND CINEMA MAGAZINE

 

“I've hired Leah on every project I directed since the first film we worked on together. She has a unique ability to find the truth of a story, and communicate it through music. From the loudest thunder of battle, to the softest murmur of the soul, Leah demonstrates time and again a deep understanding of the human experience. I am particularly impressed by her specificity of sound.

On a film set in Kuwait, for example, she researched local Kuwaiti sounds, and infused them into her score so skillfully, that the music resonated with both Arab and Western audiences. That score won some well deserved awards. I can't recommend Leah highly enough.

She is both an artist and a collaborator, a rare combination of skills.”

FAWAZ AL-MATROUK - DIRECTOR (TO REST IN PEACE, EXITUS ROMA, LIFELINE)

“…a dynamic young musician.” 

PHILLIP SAMETZ – SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MAGAZINE

 

FURTHER READING

KILLING GROUND

Rooney, David. "Killing Ground: Sundance Film Review" The Hollywood Reporter, January 21, 2017

Harvey, Dennis. "Sundance Film Review: 'Killing Ground'"  Variety, January 21, 2017

 

Reelmusic Soundtrack Review "TO REST IN PEACE - Leah Curtis", July 13 2013, by Alan Rogers.

New 'n' Old Winter 2013 - Alumni Magazine of New College at the University of New South Wales, "From New to Hollywood", Interview by Jonathan Billingham.

The Sydney Morning Herald, Weekend Edition February 9-10 2013, p15: Sue Green, "Composing can deliver if you know the score."

The Age, Weekend Edition February 9-10 2013, p5: Sue Green, "More strings, bright bow"

Australian Academy of Television Arts and Sciences / Australian Film Institute (Australia) 13 September 2012, Vol. 9, pg. 5, by: Lia McCrae-Moore, "AACTA Spotlight - Leah Curtis Composer"

The Fulbrighter (Australia) December 2012, Vol. 25, Iss. 3, pg. 7, "Leah Curtis: a musical journey"

Resonate Magazine (Journal of the Australian Music Centre) (Australia) 20 November 2012, by: Australian Music Centre, "2012 Screen Music Awards: winners"

 

Resonate Magazine (Journal of the Australian Music Centre) (Australia) 11 October 2012, by: Lia McCrae-Moore with Anni Heino, "Feature Article: Screen composer Leah Curtis: 'Be open and take risks'"

Clash Magazine (UK) October 2008, Iss. 30, pg. 50-51, by: Kingsley Marshall, "Frame by Frame: The Composers"

National Portrait Gallery of Australia - Interview and Portrait by Photographer Nathalie Latham

Panorama (Australia) 5 May 2007, pg. 6,7, by: Charly Ogilvie, "A Global Portrait"

Moving Pictures Magazine (USA) April 2006, Vol. 3, Iss. X, pg. 62-63, by: Leah Curtis, "Settling the Score: Practitioners + Products + Perfection"

Moving Pictures Magazine (USA) 2006, Vol. 3, Iss. X, pg. 38-39, by: Laura Lallone, "Musical Puppetry: Manipulating Notes and Emotion"

The Australian Financial Review Magazine (Australia) 30 June 2006, pg. 81, by: Susannah Moran, "A Study in Composition"

ASCAP Playback Magazine, Cover photo,  (USA) 2001