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Words and Pictures

This new film, for which I have composed the original score, is directed by my dear friend Fred Schepisi and stars Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche. It is a lovely romantic comedy with a serious message about the value of art and literature, and by implication, all creative matters, to our lives.

The score, written mainly for small orchestra, was conducted by another mate, Ben Northey, who is regarded as one of the rising stars of the orchestral scene. It’s always good to work with a conductor who has first hand experience of jazz; Ben was a saxophone player, and gets the rhythmic subtleties and shifts which make jazz music what it is.

The score also features a closing titles song set to beautiful words by the film’s writer Gerry DiPiego, sung by Melbourne singer Gian Slater.

‘Words and Pictures’  was released in the US in May, with Australia following in June.

Listen: I am a small poem (instrumental)

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Listen: I am a small poem (featuring Gian Slater singing)

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The Eye of The Storm

Directed by Fred Schepisi, The Eye of the Storm is a film based on the 1972 novel of the same name by Patrick White, Australia’s sole Nobel laureate. It stars Charlotte Rampling as the dying Elisabeth Hunter, who is visited on her deathbed by her two children, Basil, an actor whose career is on the skids, (Geoffrey Rush) and Dorothy (Judy Davis), recently recovering from a failed marriage to a French blueblood. It’s a wonderful film, with a score featuring my friend Branford Marsalis, who also plays on ‘Tales of Time and Space”. The soundtrack album will be available soon, with extra tracks which feature jazz performances of the various themes. The music is scored for jazz trio, an orchestra of strings and winds, and guests Branford M, Julien Wilson and vocalist Gian Slater. The film is playing now, so please check it out!

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Prelude:

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The Storm:

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