2011 APRA Professional Development Awards: Film & TV Finalists

Brett Aplin
I am a screen composer with versatility across many genres. A classically trained pianist, I initially pursued a career in science, completing a PhD in Immunology. However, In 2000 I won the Pete Carpenter Fellowship (BMI Foundation, NYC) and travelled to Los Angeles for a brief internship with Emmy and Grammy award-winning television composer Mike Post. Realising that music was my passion I decided to ditch science at the end of 2001 and take my chances on screen composition. After pestering directors and producers for about a year and scoring the odd student film, I finally landed my first ""proper"" commission in November 2002, a documentary called The Shadow of Mary Poppins. I have since worked with some of Australia's leading documentary film makers, and have also worked internationally for the BBC, National Geographic and The History Channel. This year I scored my first feature film Surviving Georgia for directors Sandra Sciberras and Kate Whitbread (Caterpillar Wish).
Kyls Burtland
Kyls has been a pre-concert speaker for the Sydney Symphony Orchestras, a board member of the ElectroFringe Electronic Media Festival, a board member for the Australia Council's Music Fund, and a band member of the seminal Sydney Art-Rock band, Trout Fishing in Quebec. With this band and as a solo artist, Kyls has performed on three continents, and supported such artists as The Beastie Boys, Primus, Bob Dylan and the Tea Party. This was life prior to 2003. In 2003, Kyls graduated from The Australian Film and Television school (AFTRS) with Best Score, and a nomination for Emerging Talent of the Year by the Film Critics Circle. This was the beginning of a new career as a film composer. In this short 7 year period Kyls has score 43 films, 250 TVCs and 6 TV Series.
Julia Carroll
I was born and raised in Sydney where I started playing piano at the age of 7. I completed a mixture of both AMEB and ANZCA piano and theory examinations up to grade 8 at age 17. I attended the Australian National University in Canberra between the year 2000 and 2003 where I completed my Bachelor degree of Asian Studies specialising in the Japanese language. Following graduation, I worked a variety of jobs of which included teaching piano and tutoring students learning the Japanese language for high school, university and the like. Since moving back to Sydney in 2005 I have been continuously developing and improving my teaching skills through a variety of teaching jobs and training and have now built my own tuition business where I teach piano and Japanese language from home. Since July 2010, however, I have been more motivated to compose my own piano music, which is increasingly leading me towards a different path - one of which has brought me to this competition.
Deidre Chambers DeMarco
My artistic practice has remained a constant source of joy, stimulation and support both financially and personally.In late 2009 I had the honor of performing for my dear friend the late Mr. Mick Cocks Benefit concert “One of the Boys” and for the Diploma of Fine Arts Graduation Exhibition.
\Chung Chang
I have a passion for music and I have spent the last 6 years studying in this area. During the last 2 and half years of that period I undertook tertiary studies in this area. Last year I decide that soundtrack scoring was my calling. For the last 8 months I have been involved in specialized training in music composition specifically related to soundtrack scoring under supervision of Dr. Steven Campbell at James Cook University.

Rosie Chase
Rosie Chase completed a Bachelor of Music Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2004. She specialised in electro-acoustic composition, audio-visual composition, music tedchnology and advanced studio techniques and recording. Whilst completing her studies she worked as an assistant at the post-production music house Supersonic. In 2005 she was awarded the Emerging Composer Grant from the Australia Council to create a multimedia performance piece, Broken Reflections for cello, clarinet and electronics. The following year this developed into a short film whilst at AFTRS. Rosie graduated with an MA in Screen Composition from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in 2007. During her time there she concurrently studied sound design completing short courses in location recording. foley, dialogues, atmospheres, tracklaying and mixing, enabling her to thoroughly explore the relationship between music, sound and image. Rosie has actively worked in the industry as a professional composer and sound designer including projects for Film (Happy Feet 2, Disgrace, The Square, Cane Toads 2 and Footy Legends) Television (Rescue Special Ops, A Girlz World, Heirlooms) Theatre (Brand Spanking New, Stories from the 428, Bent, Under Ice, DNA, Homebody/Kabul, Bumniing with Jane,), as well as a number of Short Films and collaborating with artists on sound installations. Most recently she has been working freelance for sound designer Nigel Christensen and has joined the team at First Cut Studio as one of its composers.


Andrew Clarke
My name is Andrew Clarke and I am a classical orchestral composer. I began my study at Waapa in 2009 and I am pursuing film and game music. In early 2010 I won a WA Screen Award for best original score for the music I wrote for the Screen Academy film ‘Runner’. Excerpts of this and other scores, plus some of my other compositions can be heard at http://sandbox.ea.ecu.edu.au/projects/waapa/composition/film-and-game-music-composer/
Ben Collins
Ben Collins is a Composer/Saxophonist based in Perth, WA. As a performer he’s worked with James Morrison, WASO, Tommy Tycho, Guy Noble, Ben Folds, Leslie Garrett, Anthony Warlow, Rob Guest, Joe Chindamo, Don Burrows, Grace Knight, Rhonda Birchmore and Daryl Somers. He has also worked with John Waters, Amanda Muggleton, Peter Farnan (Boom Crash Opera) Wendy Hughes, Wesley Enoch, Kate Cherry, Adam Mitchell, Christine Anu, Casey Donovan, and Pete Murray. He performs/records locally with groups such as Hip Mo Toast Big Band, Prawns with Horns, Sabroson, The Roast, the Mace Francis Orchestra tradition jazz band The Hounds, Johannes Luebbers Dectet, and The Bosons. He has toured Australia, New York, South Korea and New Zealand. Ben also works as producer/songwriter/sound designer/composer for film, theatre and mixed media. His scores fuse tradition atmospheric design elements with jazz, classical and contemporary composition with a strong emphasis on the use of new technology.

Matt Davis
Matt is a renowned musician and film composer with over fifteen years industry experience. As leader of bands Gersey and Bombazine Black he has had compositions placed in countless films and TV shows worldwide including Sleeper Cell, Standing Still, Look Both Ways and The Secret Life of Us. As a composer Matt has created scores for films such as Air and L’Imbecile by Luke Davies, My Year Without Sex by Sarah Watt, and Blind Company by Alkinos Tsimilidos. He has also composed theatre scores for The Rabble’s Cageling and Corvus, and Self-Saucing Pudding’s An Oration of Filth. Matt founded the band Bombazine Black in 2007 in order to showcase his cinematic compositions.



Christian Dimarco
Christian Dimarco is a composer and musician from Melton Victoria. He records, mixes and masters his own music, which can be heard online at http://www.myspace.com/xiandimarco
Chad Gock
Chad grew up around the music industry and after years working in advertising he's shifted his focus back to creating music. He graduated this year from the Australian Film Television and Radio School studying Screen Composition. His goal is to now combine the experience of managing some of Australia's largest marketing campaigns with his passion for music production and look to bring a fresh approach to the way in which music can be incorporated both creatively and effectively across all media channels.
Geri Green
Born into a musical family of several generations, Geri was never in doubt as to her calling in life. Armed with a BA Music from UWS and a Masters in Screen Composition from AFTRS (2008), she established Studio Ripple, a partnership of composers, sound designers and engineers who collaborate on all things visual media related. She has composed for TV, documentary, advertising and online, and worked on at least 16 short films. She has worked as an orchestrator, music editor and has assistant in the music department on several feature films. Whilst film music remains Geri’s passion she also pursues commissions for concert music and recently completed a commission for a national concert piece World Without, comprising of a series of four songs for Mezzo Soprano and Piano. With a love of all things mysterious, romantic and off beat (she’s a self confessed sci-fi buff), Geri is known as having a perfectionist approach to creating the “right sound” so her music perfectly complements the visual style of the project.

Joshua Hogan
Josh Hogan is a Composer and Percussionist based in Perth, Western Australia, whose music has come to be recognised for its deep sense of style, energy, musicianship and commitment. His creative projects seek to engage a broad cross section of audiences ranging from contemporary, popular and folk music audiences right through to classical and experimental musics. As a composer he has extensive experience composing for the screen, computer gaming and for live performances. As a music producer he has directed, recorded and mixed pop album productions, written and directed for dance, theatre and live music productions.


Brendan Hook
Brendan Hook is a composer and performer Based in Brisbane, Australia. 1991 - performed with Melbourne Improvisers’ Association. Composed original music for brass band for Mallacoota festival of the Southern Ocean. 1993 - Recorded Crypsis Soundways 1994 - 6 performed with various world music style groups 1996 - music for DanceHouse (Melbourne) mixed metaphor series 1997-8 Harry the Honkerzoid childrens’ books published. 2002 - range of Music for school ensembles published (available on this website). 2006 - performed in Linsey Pollak’s “Papers of a Dead Man” 2008/9 performed recorded with Afro Latin Band ‘Big Bara Boom Beating System’ 2008- 2010 performed with the Cycologists @ Womadelaide, Sydney Festival Opening, Adelaide Fringe Festival Opening, Brisbane Festival, La Strada Festival Austria. 2010 - First performances of the Meridian Grid.


Anthony Craig Kinmonth
Ack Kinmonth has evolved from the primordial ooze of awkward teenage guitarist to the outstanding example of musical Homo-sapien that we know today. Heritable traits include guitar playing, band mentoring, music producing, playing and writing for hip-hop group ""Sugar Skills"" and occasional writing for Hayden Bell (The Veronicas, Bell-Hughes Music Group). Many notable mutations have occurred in this time including composing music for the Internationally Touring ""The Paria"", The 2010 Film ""Dying Ice"", QPAC's ""Out of the Box"" festival and the Warner Brothers Movie World ""Hollywood Stunt Driver” show. Recent adaptations have included composing for the Coca-Cola summer viral ad and The Cascade Brewery Company’s’ ""The Brewer’s Nose"" iPhone App. Ack is also known as his latin name ""Sound Zero Music"" where he continues to compose for new media, film, television and advertising for clients such as Droga5, Cascade Brewery Co, BCM Advertising, Warner Brothers, The Conscience Organisation and Big Picture Performance.
Ben Lam
My name is Ben Lam, I'm 25 and live in Brisbane. Music has always been a fundamental part of who I am; since an early age I've studied and played it. I started with the piano in primary school, then drums, then guitar. When it came time to choose courses for university, I chose a double degree in IT/creative industries at QUT, and went on to be a web developer for a few years. This however left me dissatisfied, and I knew that I had to follow the passion that had always pulled at my heart – music. Always being technically minded, I started delving deeper into audio production, and started composing both for myself and others. Since those recent beginnings, I have composed for reputable clients and constantly surprise myself and others. Composing for media is what I want to be known for, but it is an extremely competitive market. My passion for music however constantly drives me to chase new opportunities and improve my craft, and I am committed to the goal of making a successful living from doing what I love.
John Lee
John Lee is a self taught multi-instrumentalist. He first gained praise for his musical compositions and production skills when in 2005 he released a cinematic tonepoem under the name Mountains in the Sky. A track from this ‘Celestial Son’ album was used by the National Basketball Association (USA) in the promotional campaign for the 2006 playoffs. Since then he has released more work as Mountains in the Sky, had music synced with short films, composed music for ABC TV and seen a steady flow of work composing TV commercials. He is currently working as the score composer for the 1st series of 'Offspring' (a Southern Star/Channel Ten production). He continues to produce albums for other artists. His appreciation and knowledge of music is vast and his genre-hopping capabilities impressive.
Adrian Leung
Since childhood, Adrian Leung has exercised his passion for music, whether it be in performing in orchestras such as the Sydney Youth Orchestra, taking part in music camps with the Australian Youth Orchestra or playing violin, piano and guitar in eisteddfods and concerts. Upon completing high school at St. Andrew's Cathedral School as a full music scholar Adrian moved to England for a year to teach music at Shiplake College. He returned to study composition at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, passing with a distinction average and furthering his skills as a composer. With a passion for both orchestral art music and popular music he started a folk/rock band Saving Grace, which has toured the country, received national airplay on radio and released two recordings. In 2010, he completed studies at AFTRS with a high distinction average and has composed for short films, documentary, TV series and commercials.
Angela Little
Angela Little is a composer, singer, orchestral arranger, songwriter & pianist. Her best-known work to date was on Baz Luhrmann’s film “Australia” for which she co-composed Additional Music for the film, which led to Angela’s nomination for an AFI Award for Best Original Score in 2009.

Angela was also the co-writer and singer of “By The Boab Tree”, which was featured on the film’s end credits and short-listed for an Academy Award for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture in 2009, and nominated for a number of other awards including an APRA-AGSC Screen Music Award and a Golden Satellite Award (USA).

Drawing on film and literary influences to weave stories from her own life into a rich emotional tapestry that would speak to a contemporary audience, Angela created her solo project, “Ophelia of the Spirits”, releasing two independent EP’s. Angela was awarded a JB Seed Grant in 2009 for her EP, “The Secret Garden”, and her song “Shame” became iTunes Single of the Week in March last year.

Angela’s latest project is the breathtaking concept album and musical show, “Fire”. To date, the show has been performed at some of Australia’s most well-respected festivals and arts venues, including Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC), a sold-out show at the Street Theatre in Canberra (ACT) and Woodford Folk Festival 2010 (QLD).

Angela’s film career continues to blossom, with the release of feature film “The Clinic”, for which she co-composed the music. She has recently been presenting a series of lectures in Screen Composition in Sydney.


Stuart Macleod
Stuart MacLeod from Scottish/English heritage is the guitarist and backup singer of the Australian band Eskimo Joe. He lives in South Fremantle, Western Australia. When he was seven he lived next door to Kavyen Temperley and they have been best friends for years. MacLeod was originally studying Engineering/Commerce at University. MacLeod met Joel Quartermain, the other founding member of Eskimo Joe, when the two decided to form a band and enter into the Australian National Campus Band Competition in 1997. The first heat was Eskimo Joe's first performance, they went on to win the state final and then the national competition, the reward being a chance to play at the Livid Festival together with a recording session in Sydney.

The band has since released four studio albums, played many successful tours and been nominated for and received a slew of awards, most recently taking home the 2010 APRA Rock Work of the Year and Most Played Australian Work awards for "Foreign Land".


Andrew Manessis
“Music is my religion.” Andy Manessis is an accomplished musician based in Perth, Western Australia. Starting his musical career as a classical pianist, Andy has covered a lot of ground as a performer, songwriter and composer across the classical, pop, jazz and rock genres. “I've always loved how music and film combine to create something greater.” Recently Andy studied under Brad Hatfield (Emmy Award winning composer) to gain a deeper understanding of writing for film and TV. Combined with Andy's twenty plus years of musical experience his primary focus is writing and producing memorable pieces geared toward film and TV.

Simon McGuigan
2002-2007 Songwriting member/drummer for Melbourne band Ground Components. Invited to & attended 2004 South By Southwest Music Conference Austin Texas. Won Best Breakthrough Artists in 2006 The Age EG Awards (beating Wolfmother). Toured with Muse, Powderfinger, Spiderbait, My Morning Jacket, J Mascis, Teenage Fanclub 3 x Meredith / Golden Plains Music Festival 3 x Big Day Out 2 x Falls Festival Splendour in the Grass, Homebake, 2006-2010 Worked in a Creative role for music placement company Level Two Music. Found music for over 50 TV commercial campaigns, such as:

Sep 2010 - present Started a music production company in partnership with song-writer/producer Robert Bravington.

John Milner
John Milner is an Australian sound designer/music composer. He is a graduate of the Sound Studio within the School of Art RMIT University where he successfully completed undergraduate and Honours studies between 2005 and 2008. During his studies John became particularly interested in sound design and soundtrack. He has worked and collaborated as a sound designer on many projects in a variety of different disciplines. These include: contemporary film, video art, rock and pop, theatre, dance, advertisement, games and installation. John’s work is very diverse. His approach always depends on what best suits the visuals e.g. in The Lesson 2007, and Match 2008 John has adopted archetypal or traditional film score aproaches - that use classical instruments and compositions to highlight the emotional states of the characters, where as the film Dearth 2007 his music is far more psychological and abstracted - utilizing broadband frequencies and atonal motifs to create a sense of foreboding and unease.
Giancarlo Mosca
I arrived in Melbourne at five years of age, from Panni, Italy. I commenced formal studies in Pianoforte with Maestra Pieroni, I was later to continue my musical studies with Maestro Maurizio Giretti sitting for exams at the MelbCon, Parkville, achieving honours results in grade five Pianoforte.These studies took place during my formal education at Marist Brothers College whilst simultaneously performing in Melbourne's premier bars, clubs and restaurants with leading  national & international vocalists & musicians. At 20 years of age I decided to travel to Italy to continue my musical studies & to experience musical life abroad. I auditioned for 'Donatello' one of Italy's most successful singer song writers and became the keyboardist and fifth member of his touring band traveling through most of Italy’s beautiful towns & cities, a remarkable & unforgettable experience lasting 21 months. Upon my return to Melbourne I attended a course in electronic music at Latrobe university whilst continuing to perform as solo pianist & keyboardist with local artists, several commissions to compose music were received during this period, they were from ACDC (The Australian Contemporary Dance Ensemble),these electronic works were performed live with a then formidable dance group & from Tess Lyssiotis (the play wright). I visited Italy again 12 years later in 1988 (based in Milan) where more study, learning&performing took place, only this time the emphasis was more in recording studio work, involving composing, arranging, programming&production for one of Italy’s most internationally recognized and respected contemporary composers, Maestro ‘Roberto Cacciapaglia’.This experience proved to be invaluable in my thirst for practical compositional knowledge and its application in the real commercial & musical worlds.
Allyson Elizabeth Newman
A native of Sydney, I studied composition at the Sydney Conservartorium and was introduced to the film world by creating music for Dolby to showcase their technology at the Audio Engineers Society Conferences in Munich and New York. This led to me to seek out directors in Sydney and work on films such as “Cheek to Cheek” (Winner, Palm Springs mt.), “The Ball” (staring Max Gillies and Gabby Milgate) and my first feature “Watermark” which screened at the Cannes Film Festival. I also wrote music for plays at the Stables Theatre as well as for Luc Mollinger at the National Institute for Dramatic Arts. I moved to L.A in 2004 to study at the University of Southern California under the tutorage of renowned Hollywood composers such as Michael Giacchino and Christopher Young. Following USC I attended the elite Aspen Music School where I studied with Thomas Newman. In 2006 with USC Alumni, I formed a boutique music production company called Quartertonemusik and I have also worked alongside leading composers such as Jay Gruka (Supernatural) and Jon Ehrlich (House MD). Currently I am working on the hit TV series Childrens Hospital.
Rob Oxenbridge
I was raised in a strict religion and while I always loved music, there was never any encouragement to pursue it, and the idea of working in the music industry could not be contemplated as an option. After marrying, my wife and I left the religion and I continued to play guitar as a hobby but still never gave thought to pursuing opportunities in music. One day I was watching television and for the first time I stopped and actually ‘heard’ the music that was set to shows, movies and commercials. It occurred to me that I could do that and set about researching who creates that music and how it comes to be used in media. I discovered the world of music supervisors, music libraries and composers and began the quest towards a point where I can produce music of broadcast quality that can carry a scene or commercial and to search out the avenues for getting my music into the hands of the end users: the directors and supervisors. I feel like I’ve lost over a decade of my life and have so much ground to recover.
Matthew Ridgway
Putting his Melbourne Uni music teaching degree to use, Matt worked at RockNRoll High School in Collingwood, doing sound for the bands and teaching bass. He currently teaches music and sound production at Sydney Road Community School. In the last fifteen years, Matt has been involved in various Melbourne bands including CrettinsPuddle, The Hampdens & Ross McLennan’s Sympathy Orchestra. Born out of his interest in creating cinematic music, Matt formed Winterpark in 2005. Originally a studio project, it soon evolved into a live band merging elements of sound design, pop, electronica & noise. Winterpark’s debut One Night Alone was released in 2006. Matt then took the band around the world on a 3 month adventure that saw them play in Iceland, NYC, Paris, Prague, Helsinki, London, Tokyo and write songs in a makeshift apartment in Berlin. Matt received a Vic Rocks grant to mix & master Winterpark's 2nd album Falling Men and Flying Dreams.
Christopher Rusnak
Christopher Rusnak of Abbotsbury NSW has been composing music for 5 years with a view to compose professionally for film.

Max Sharam
ARIA award winning singer-songwriter & artist-animator, Max Sharam, raised in rural Victoria & semi permanent resident of New York City, first hit the professional stage age 19 in the lead role of a hit musical in Rome, allowing her to work alongside some of Italy’s greatest talents. She went on to do other theatre productions, receive a Star of the Year Award at Genoa’s Cole Porter Festival and record a dance LP before moving to study Taiko drums and front a Japanese band in Hiroshima. In `93 Max returned to Australia where her provocative appearance on New Faces attracted wide audiences and critical acclaim. A top 10 selling single, Coma & platinum selling solo album A Million Year Girl  (Warner, 1995) followed.

Max has continued to work independently, custom writing and producing songs for films and illustrating & creating video art. She recently wrote & produced Love is Waiting for the US film, Expired, starring Samantha Morton and performed and produced the music for AFI award winning documentary Forbidden Lie$. Max was included in the 2008 Berlin Film Festival with her video piece Sleeping Beauties and is now in the process of recording a self funded EP. Along with playing leads in various stage musicals, her own one-woman performance pieces have been part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Hong Kong Fringe Festival and New York Arts Festival.  Max will debut her new performance piece as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April 2011.


Benjamin Speed
When I was born i was named after Beatrix Potter's books The Tale of Benjamin Bunny and Peter Rabbit. From day one i've been a dreamer. My dreams are a big influence on me. As a teenager they began to literally manifest in my waking consciousness, which was an experience that has greatly shaped my creative style and life philosophy. I use dreams to gather and refine ideas for my music, as well as using them to guide many of my life choices. I aim to positively inspire the world with the stories i help to tell and the music that i make. I also want to transcend time and space and ultimately give more love than I receive. My greatest goal is to have music i've made shot out into space as an example of artistic human endeavour for other civilisations to discover.
As a composer I make scores and sounds for film, television, theatre and ultimately, life. I perform and record as Mister Speed and was vocalist and songwriter in the Australian alternative, electronic and hip hop band The New Pollutants. I also produce music and have worked with some amazing artists across many genres. I love music and life. Growing up in Adelaide, I graduated with an honours degree in Music Technology from the Elder Conservatorium of Music at Adelaide University and gained a Masters Degree in Screen Composing from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney.


Russell Thornton
Russell Thornton has been composing music professionally for the screen over the past 6 years. In that time his music has accompanied national television commercials, international television series, animation series, documentaries, short and feature films. Russell studied music composition at the University of Newcastle Conservatorium and in 2002 commenced an Honours degree in Film Music Composition, receiving mentorship and lessons from renowned Australian composer Nigel Westlake. His first high profile gig came in 2004 with Russell composing the music for “We Gave Blood”, a national television commercial for the Red Cross of Australia, (Cannes Bronze Lion in 2005). Russell has since worked on the television series “Supernova” (series I and II), and the cartoon series “Master Raindrop”. His most recent television project, the animation series “The Legend of Enyo” is currently screening in Australia (Channel 7 network) and across Europe.


Caitlin Yeo
Caitlin Yeo is a unique and versatile film composer. Since graduating from a Graduate Diploma of Screen Composition at AFTRS in 2003, Caitlin has scored 4 feature films, including All My Friends are Leaving Brisbane and the recently released Jucy, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to sell-out audiences. She has also scored 18 TV documentaries including Feral Peril, Footy Chicks and The Matilda Candidate, 2 documentary series, and many short films. In 2007, Caitlin won an APRA-AGSC Screen Music Award (Best Music for a Documentary) for her highly original score for Bomb Harvest, about an Australian bomb disposal expert in Laos. Caitlin was nominated again in 2008 for the same award, for documentary, The Last Trimate, and for a third time in 2010 for her score for The Long Goodbye. Caitlin has an eclectic and emotive compositional style. She has a diverse musical background having performed in rock bands, orchestras, gypsy bands and gamelan groups. She is an accomplished accordionist, flautist and pianist, and spent her time during her bachelor degree at Sydney University focusing on 20th century composition and ethnomusicology. Currently, Caitlin is working on 2 feature documentaries, and has just completed another documentary series.