Editing and re-mixing of THE SECRET RIVER score tracks for the soundtrack album which will be released by ABC Classics in 2015.
Recording of the score for THE SECRET RIVER at Oaklands Studios in Melbourne and via 'source connect' in Prague with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The score was recorded and mixed by Christian Scallan.
Orchestrations and score preparation by: Erkki Veltheim
Violin & Mandolin: Erkki Veltheim
Violin: Lizzy Welsh
Viola: Ceridwen Davies
Cello: Charlotte Jacke
Double Bass: Jon Heilbron
Harp: Yinuo Mu
Flutes & Whistles: John Barrett
Bodhran: Rebecca Simpson
Classical Guitar: David Herzog
Piano and Virtual Instruments: Burkhard Dallwitz
Strings performed by: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by: Jan Chalupecký
recorded by: Jan Holzner at Smecky Music Studio, Prague
Session Supervision: James Fitzpatrick for Tadlow Music
Signed on to score the 2 Part ABC Television Mini-Series THE SECRET RIVER produced by Ruby Entertainment.
Currently in post production scoring will take place from November until the end of January 2015.
Based on Kate Grenville’s meticulously researched, Booker nominated bestselling novel of the same title, The Secret River has been adapted into a landmark television mini-series by two of Australia’s most talented and internationally successful screenwriters Jan Sardi (Oscar nominated for Shine)and Mac Gudgeon. Through the deeply personal story of William and Sal Thornhill, early convict colonists in New South Wales, The Secret River dramatises the British colonisation of Australia in microcosm. The dispossession of Indigenous Australians is made comprehensible and ultimately heart-breaking as William Thornhill’s claim over a piece of land he titles ‘Thornhill’s Point’ on the Hawkesbury River brings his family and neighbours into a fight for survival with the traditional custodians of the land they are stealing. William Thornhill is driven by a poverty-fuelled life and a desperate need to provide a safe home for his beloved family in a strange, foreboding land. The Secret River is an epic tragedy in which a good man is compelled by desperation, fear, ambition and love for his family to participate in a crime of inhuman savagery. It allows an audience, two hundred years later, to have a personal insight into the dark heart of this nation’s foundation story. Directed by Daina Reid and produced by Stephen Luby, The Secret River is sure to be a landmark television event.
Cast Starring Oliver Jackson Cohen (Mr Selfridge, Raven, Dracula) and AACTA award winner Sarah Snook (Sisters of War, Not Suitable for Children (with Ryan Kwanten) and the upcoming films Predestination (with Ethan Hawke) and Ghosts. Supported by Tim Minchin, Lachy Hulme, Genevieve Lemon and Trevor Jamieson.
Received the 2014 APRA/AGSC Screen Music Award 'Best Television Theme' for the Title Theme FAT TONY & CO
The awards were held in Sydney on the 12th of November.
The Title Theme for the TV Series Fat Tony & Co has been nominated in the category of Best Television Theme
in this years Screen Music Awards. The awards will be presented on Wednesday 12 November at the City Recital Hall in Sydney.
Will be presenting a score composing masterclass at The Big Screen Symposium which takes place in Auckland,
New Zealand on the 27th and 28th of September 2014. For more information click on the link below.
2014 St Kilda Film Festival
The Director-Composer Relationship: A Creative Collaboration
Thursday 29 May, 6.30pm
One of the most significant and very interesting relationships in the film world is the one shared by a director and composer. Long time collaborators who have both worked together on Felony, Please Like Me and Noise; Matt Saville and Bryony Marks talk about the secret of their success what works and what doesn’t. Included in this panel are 2014 SKFF entrants, director Katrina Mathers (The Gallant Captain) and composer Michael Allen (Can You See Them?) who will give us their take on this all-important relationship.
Moderated by Burkhard Dallwitz (The Truman Show, Red Obsession).
Presented by APRA AMCOS
Sony releases the soundtrack to FAT TONY & CO on the 14th of March.
FAT TONY & CO premieres on the Nine Network on Sunday the 23rd of February.
First Watch: Graeme Blundell, The Australian
"ONE could hardly call Nine’s Fat Tony & Co restrained, understated or unassuming. This nine-hour series, overlapping with the original Underbelly, tells the real-life story of Australia’s most successful drug dealer, Tony Mokbel. Like Underbelly, it is a corrosive fable of avarice, hubris and violence tracing the rise and fall of a vicious, lethally charming gangster. Its powerful evocation of the sordid world of drug merchants, armed robbers and murderers, while electric to watch, makes Melbourne seem like the most primitive of Darwinian jungles. As one of the pursuing cops said in last week’s feature length opener, “There are no mates in Tony Mokbel’s world.”
As it was with the first Underbelly — still the most effective storytelling of that chronicle — it is still hard to believe that such clear boundaries between criminality and respectability actually existed, and that the transgressive energies of life at the margins were so segregated from mainstream Melbourne. How did these dumb suburban criminals of such medieval ferocity get away with it for so long? In its urgent way, the series does what the best crime fiction does — describes the limits of democracy, the crisis of the judicial system, and the shadowy borders between those who police us and those in the underworld.
The action in the setup episode last week, written by Peter Gawler, who also produces, was skilfully mounted by director Peter Andrikidis and photographed by his long-time collaborator Joe Pickering. It was gracefully choreographed, vividly edited and the burnished photography full of mean-streets visuals worthy of Scorsese’s Goodfellas, vividly setting the style for the series. Fat Tony & Co is mesmerising, not only for the almost brutish displays of Italian and Greek machismo but also the complexity of its convergent style.
Andrikidis’s aesthetic reminded me of Stefano Sollima’s Romanzo Criminale, (on Foxtel’s Showcase), which aesthetically exploits film noir, prison movies, true crime and melodrama; pays homage to The Sopranos; and imaginatively ses the stylistic tropes of the subgenre of early 1970s “tough guy” Italian crime and action movies known as poliziottesco.
As in Goodfellas and Romanzo Criminale the violence is gross, shocking and animalistic but never arbitrary, simply reflecting the corrosive nihilism that infects these characters.
Burkhard Dallwitz’s musical score, eerily echoing Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti westerns for Sergio Leone, works virtually as a Greek chorus. And Gawler again uses the convention of narrator, which will irritate those critics of the Underbellystyle of storytelling who disdain its use — here it’s Stephen Curry’s young cop Jim Coghlan who is integral to the investigation — suggesting it’s a fallback trick for lesser writers, a device to trot out when other more classically visual narrative devices fail.
The narration may be called the informed voiceover: it offers a first-hand view to the inner workings of Mokbel’s psychology, fleshing out his behaviour. It’s cleverly worked here by Curry, his vocal inflections suggesting conversation rather than a written monologue.
I’m locked into the black humour and thrilling visual style of the show. If Gawler and co can be accused of glamorising such despoiled and sociopathic characters, better this than trying to understand them."
RED OBSESSION wins the AACTA award for BEST FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
Receive 2 nominations for the 2013 Screen Music Awards:
Best Music for a Television Series for UNDERBELLY BADNESS
Best Music for a Documentary for RED OBSESSION
Receive an AACTA nomination for RED OBSESSION (best sound for a documentary)
September 2013 – February 2014
Compose the score for the new 9 part TV drama series FAT TONY & CO. Recording and mixing the score will be Chris Scallan @ THE SOFT CENTRE in Melbourne. Musicians will include Achilles Yiangoulli on Bouzouki and Tzoura and Dave Herzog on electric and acoustic guitars.
July 2013 – August 2013
Compose and record the new Title Theme for FAT TONY & CO.
Sony releases the soundtrack for UNDERBELLY SQUIZZY on JULY 5th.
UNDERBELLY SQUIZZY premiers on the Nine Network on July 28th
Sign on to compose the score to the new 9 part TV drama series FAT TONY & CO for Screentime and the Nine Network.
"From Screentime, the producers of the top rating Underbelly franchise, the nine-part drama Fat Tony & Co will uncover the true story of one of Australia’s most notorious criminals, Tony Mokbel.
On March 19, 2006, Mokbel, said to be Australia’s richest gangster, became Australia’s most wanted man. What followed was an intense manhunt that lasted 18 months and dismantled a drug empire.
A miraculous tip-off to the Australian police revealed that Mokbel was living in Athens, Greece under a false name and documents. But how do you find one man in a population of four million? Fat Tony & Co follows Mokbel from his early beginnings in Melbourne’s underworld to his eventual discovery and arrest in a cafe in Athens.
Other original members of the Underbelly cast set to reprise their roles in the new series include Vince Colosimo as Alphonse Gangitano, Gyton Grantley as Carl Williams, Les Hill as Jason Moran, Madeleine West as Danielle McGuire, Simon Westaway as Mick Gatto, Gerard Kennedy as Graham Kinniburgh, and Kevin Harrington as Lewis Moran.
Fat Tony & Co will also feature Shane Jacobson, Stephen Curry, Debra Byrne, Steve Bastoni, Richard Cawthorne, Simone Kessell, Nicholas Bishop and Hollie Andrew.
Screentime’s Executive Chairman, Des Monaghan, and Head of Drama, Greg Haddrick, will be Executive Producers along with Channel Nine’s joint Heads of Drama, Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan, with Peter Gawler and Elisa Argenzio producing the series. Peter Andrikidis, Andrew Prowse and Karl Zwicky will direct the nine episodes, which will be written by Peter Gawler, Adam Todd, Jeff Truman and Michaeley O’Brien."
November 2012 – April 2013
Sign on to compose the original score for the new 8 part Television mini-series Underbelly: Squizzy to be produced by Screentime for the Nine network. Composing for the series will start in November 2012 and finish at the end of March 2013. The score will be recorded and mixed by Christian Scallan @ The Soft Centre in Melbourne and feature Dave Herzog on guitars and Ukulele, Erkki Veltheim on Violin and Mandolin and Justin Brady on Harmonica.
Sony Music Australia will be releasing a soundtrack album featuring 9 original score themes.
Received the 2012 Screen Music Award for Best Music for a Television Series for Underbelly: Razor.
APRA press release:
BURKHARD DALLWITZ has received the award for Best Music for a Television Series or Serial for Underbelly Razor. Burkhard’s compelling scores for the Underbelly series have been linked in the minds of those who are loyal fans of the series. Another Golden Globe winner, (Burkhard Dallwitz received the Golden Globe in 1999 for his original score for The Truman Show by Peter Weir), his work on Underbelly has struck a chord with judges and has seen him receive four previous Screen Music Awards. Tonight’s honour gives him his fifth Screen Music Award for the Underbelly series.
Article from The Australian: 20.11.2012
(Left) Burkhard Dallwitz and Lisa Gerrard were rewarded for their work at the Screen Music Awards yesterday. Picture: Aaron Francis Source: The Australian
AUSTRALIAN composer Burkhard Dallwitz has no regrets about turning to a life of crime. His five years as the musical mastermind of the Underbelly television series has reaped regular dividends, including four Australian Screen Music Awards. Yesterday Dallwitz, who won a Golden Globe for his score for the feature film The Truman Show in 1999, added another trophy to his collection, taking best music for a television series or serial at the Screen Music Awards in Melbourne for Underbelly: Razor.
"It's always nice to get nominated for one of these awards because they are peer-judged," Dallwitz said. "When you work as a composer you judge other people's work at a very critical level. This is a pat on the back saying what you're doing is OK, or maybe better than OK."
Dallwitz said series such as Underbelly and popular dramas from the US and Britain had lifted the public perception of television as the "poor cousin" of the big screen.
"Underbelly was a game-changer as far as the Australian industry was concerned," Dallwitz said."There was a time when a series completing its first season was considered a success. The quality of television has increased enormously to the point where, when you look at HBO and others, those projects are more interesting than a lot of films."
The Screen Music Awards are presented annually by the Australasian Performing Right Association and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers, and recognise writers for film, television and advertising.
Last night's multiple winner at Melbourne's BMW Edge Theatre was Antony Partos, whose music for ABC drama The Slap took the best television theme and best soundtrack album titles. He also won best music for a miniseries or telemovie for another ABC drama, Mabo.
Also on the winners' podium was Lisa Gerrard, who won feature film score of the year for last year's Australian movie Burning Man. Gerrard, who also has a Golden Globe to her name for the film Gladiator, shares Partos's and Dallwitz's reputation as one of the country's leading composers, although recently she has forsaken that part of her career to tour the globe with her acclaimed band Dead Can Dance.
"You do this work because you are driven by soul and real passion," she said. "Awards like this are a way of showing your family you've achieved something."
Received two nominations for the 2012 Screen Music Awards to be held in Melbourne on the 19th of November.
Peter Weir & Burkhard Dallwitz talk movie music at Cockatoo
On Saturday October 27 (10 am start) at the inaugural Cockatoo Island Film Festival, screen composer Burkhard Dallwitz and acclaimed Australian filmmaker Peter Weir present an on-stage conversation about film music against the backdrop of their collaboration on Weir’s The Truman Show (1998) and The Way Back (2010), moderated by Andrew L. Urban.
“I was invited to moderate this conversation in the wake of having interviewed Weir on stage at the Cremorne Orpheum at a Q&A following the premiere of The Way Back, and having interviewed Dallwitz about screen composition for APRA,” says Urban. “It’s a coup to get these two highly creative and artistically successful filmmakers together at one time – a scheduling miracle, no doubt. So it’s a rare event and not to be missed.”
Among its many accolades (including three Oscar nominations), The Truman Show won for Best Original Score at the Golden Globes as well as the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards and The Way Back was nominated for two Screen Music Awards.
Dallwitz also has extensive tv credits, ranging from the series CrashBurn to the hit drama series, Underbelly, as well as the Underbelly telemovies.
Weir is an Australian filmmaking icon, having directed films such as Picnic at Hanging Rock, Gallipoli, Dead Poets Society, Witness, Mosquito Coast, Master and Commander and The Last Wave.
September 2012 — October 2012
Sign on to compose the original score together with Sydney composer Amanda Brown for the feature length documentary Red Obsession. The documentary is produced by Warwick Ross and David Roach. Composing will take place from the beginning of September until the middle of October and will be recorded and mixed by Christian Scallan @ The Soft Centre in Melbourne. Red Obsession will have its world premier at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival. It will also screen in competition at theTribeca Film Festival in New York in April 2013 and the Sydney Film Festival in June 2013.
May 2012 — August 2012
Sign on to compose the original score for the 8 part Television mini-series Underbelly: Badness to be produced by Screentime for the Nine network. Composing will take place from May 2012 until the end of August 2012. The score will be recorded and mixed by Christina Scallan @ The Soft Centre in Melbourne and feature Dave Herzog on guitars and Paul Cartwright on electric bass.
Attend the 2012 Song Summit conference in Sydney to participate in a panel discussion with Amanda Brown on composing music for Film and TV
Invited to attend the 2012 Aubagne International Film Festival in France for the screening of the European Film Blitzeis directed by Georg Isenmann.
Sony will be releasing a double CD Soundtrack album featuring score themes and songs from the Television Series UNDERBELLY RAZOR in early December.
APRA Press Release:"Multiple SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS’ winner BURKHARD DALLWITZ has done it again, this year in the category of BEST MUSIC FOR A MINI-SERIES OR TELEMOVIE for Underbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer Was Here. Burkhard Dallwitz’ wonderful scores for the acclaimed Underbelly series have seen him win four Screen Music Awards since 2008."
Received 2 nominations at the 2011 Screen Music Awards for THE WAY BACK in the category of 'Feature Film Score of the Year' and for UNDERBELLY FILES: TELL THEM LUCIFER WAS HERE in the category of 'Best Music For A Mini Series or Telemovie'. The awards ceremony will take place in Sydney on the 14th of November.
June - October 2011
Scoring the 13 X 1 hour Television Series UNDERBELLY RAZOR.
The score is being recorded and mixed by Chris Scallan @ The Soft Centre.
Featured musicians include Eki Veltheim on Violin, Dave Herzog on Guitars and Zulya Kamalova on vocals.
UNDERBELLY RAZOR premiers in August on the Nine Network.
HIGHEST RATINGS DRAMA SERIES EVER ON AUSTRALIAN TELEVISION (SOURCE: OZTAM)
Official timeshift figures released today show the premiere episode of Underbelly: Razor had an additional 279,515 viewers, bringing the premiere episode total to 2.794 million viewers.This phenomenal result makes Underbelly: Razor the highest ever drama to have screened since the creation of OzTAM in 2001, eclipsing the old record set by the Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities premiere at 2.582 million viewers.
Licensed the music from the first 3 series of UNDERBELLY for usage in the 6 part New Zealand Television Series UNDERBELLY NZ: THE LAND OF THE LONG GREEN CLOUD.
Scored the European Short Film BLITZEIS directed by Georg Isenmann and produced by Lang Films Switzerland.
The film premiers at the International Film Festival of Locarno and has been nominated for the 'Pardi di domani' (Leopards of Tomorrow).
Scored a 30 sec TVC for the Ross Partnership. The ad was directed by acclaimed film maker Vincent Ward. Client: Kraft TNCC