in this years Screen Music Awards. The awards will be presented on Wednesday 12 November at the City Recital Hall in Sydney.
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
Sign on to score "Underbelly: Razor" a 13 x 1 hour series set in Sydney in the 1920's. Scoring will take place between May 2011 – October 2011.
See link for story synopsis and trailer:
All the "Underbelly Files" Telemovies are broadcast on the Nine Network over three consecutive Monday nights at 8.30pm.
"The Way Back" opens in Australia on 24th February.
"The Way Back" opens on 21st January in the US as well as other European countries (France, Belgium, Spain).
The film receives an Oscar nomination for Best Make-up.
Working on the Original Soundtrack album for "The Way Back" to be released by Varese Sarabande Records on January 18, 2011. Remixes, editing and mastering by Christian Scallan @ The Soft Centre recording studios.
"The Way Back" opens on 26th December in the UK.
Read reviews of "The Way Back" movie, Soundtrack and Music here.
The 2010 Screen Music Awards were held at the BMW Edge at Federation Square in Melbourne on 8th November.
Underbelly: The Golden Mile" won the APRA/AGSC Screen Music Award for Best Music for a Television Series or Serial.
Read more about the 2010 Screen Music Awards here.
The "Underbelly" Soundtrack Album received an ARIA nomination for Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album.
See link for more details
"Underbelly: The Golden Mile" – Episode 13: "Alpha & Omega" has been nominated for an APRA/AGSC Screen Music Award for Best Music for a Television Series or Serial.
Peter Weir's "The Way Back" had it's premier at the Telluride Film Festival in September and is getting a limited release in Los Angeles on December 29 ahead of its general release across the US on January 21. Newmarket Films has picked up the film for US distribution.
See review of "The Way Back"
See trailer of "The Way Back" at the official movie website
Scoring the 3 "Underbelly Files" Telemovies. They are being recorded and mixed by Christian Scallan at his studio "The Soft Centre"
Signed on to score 3 x 90 minute Telemovies for Screentime and the Nine Network. Collectively known as "The Underbelly Files" each tells a self-contained local true crime story.
The first telemovie, "Tell Them Lucifer Was Here" tells the story of the 1998 murders of Victoria Police officers Rod Miller and Gary Silk and centres on the efforts of the Lorimer Task Force in tracking down the killers.
The second, "Infiltration" chronicles the story of Victorian policeman Colin McClaren who infiltrated the local Calabrian Mafia.
The third telemovie,"The Man Who Got Away", recounts the incredible story of British-Australian drug smuggler David McMillan, the only man ever to escape from Bangkok's Klong Prem prison colloquially known as The Bangkok Hilton.
See link to Screentime for more details on "The Underbelly Files"
Compiled, edited re-mixed and mastered the Underbelly "Original Soundtrack Album". Sony Music released the album on June 28th.
The album features the original scores from Underbelly Series 1, 2 and 3 and has been nominated for an ARIA award for "Best Original Soundtrack/Cast Show"
Intrada is a label producing quality movie and television soundtracks that also features a special series of important limited edition soundtracks. For their “Signature” series, Intrada released a 2-CD set featuring the separate scores of both Burkhard Dallwitz and David Williams for the 2000 Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists science fiction film “Supernova”. The film was directed by Walter Hill, (although he was credited as “Thomas Lee”).
The cast featured James Spader, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Lou Diamond Phillips, Peter Facinelli, Robin Tunney and Wilson Cruz.
(see Intrade store for details)
October 2009 – April 2010
Began writing and recording the music for Underbelly (Series 3) “The Golden Mile”. Set in Kings Cross in 1989, “The Golden Mile” follows the characters, the criminals and the police who worked and played together on the most infamous strip in Australia, and leads up to the 1995 Wood Royal Commission into police corruption. It stars Emma Booth & Firass Dirani.
(see Screentime for more information)In October, Underbelly (Series 2) “A Tale of Two Cities” was nominated for “Best Music for a Television Series” at the APRA/AGSC 2009 Screen Music Awards. Also nominated was “False Witness” for “Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie”.
May 2009 – September 2009
Signed up in May to write the score for Peter Weir’s new feature film “The Way Back”. Written and directed by Peter Weir, the film stars Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Saoirse Ronan and Colin Farrell. It tells the epic story of seven prisoners who in 1940 escape a Siberian labour camp and walk thousands of miles across Siberia, Mongolia, China and Tibet to freedom in India.
Soloists Slava Grigoryan, Genevieve Lacey, Julie Raines and David Herzog were pre-recorded at Mad Cat Studios in Melbourne. The Sydney Scoring Orchestra was recorded at Trackdown Scoring Stage in Sydney.
The music team included Michael Letho (recording & mixing), Brett Kelly (conducting), Shaun Rigney (orchestration & score preparation) and Emily Rogers Swanson (music editor).
Recording for "The Way Back"
December 2008 - April 2009
Writing and recording the music for "Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities" (series 2). This second series focuses on Australian organized crime in the period 1976 to 1986, and tells the story of "Aussie" Bob Trimbole (Roy Billing), Terry "Mr Asia" Clark (Matthew Newton), and anti drugs campaigner Donald McKay (Andrew McFarlane).
(Read Screentime news on Underbelly)
"Underbelly" won two awards at the APRA/AGSC 2008 Screen Music Awards held in Sydney in November. They were for "Best Music for a Television Series" ("Underbelly" Ep.5) and Best Television Theme ("It's a Jungle Out There") (see Gallery).
The DVD release of "Underbelly" was the highest selling DVD in Australia for 2008. (View Underbelly Review on Screentime)
The opening montage for Network Seven's coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics also won "Best Opening Montage" at the 2008 Monaco Golden Podium Awards. The score was recorded with a 50-piece orchestra and also featured the Chinese percussion troupe "Red Poppy" (see Gallery). The Executive Producer was Andy Kay.
Recording took place at Mad Cat Studios for the European feature film "The Interrogation of Harry Wind". (see Gallery) The score was written largely for a String Quartet and the players were Zoe Black (1st Violin), Susie Ng (2nd Violin), Andrew Jakopanetz (Viola), and Rohan de Korte (Cello). The Orchestrator was Shaun Rigney. The film stars Klaus Maria Brandauer ("Out of Africa", "Mephisto") and Sebastian Koch ("the Lives of Others", "The Black Book") and is due for release in Europe at the end of 2009.
July 2008 - September 2008
Scored the international mini-series "False Witness" produced by Screentime for UKTV. Starring Dougray Scott, Richard Roxburgh, Rachel Blake and Claire Forlani, the espionage thriller was produced by Greg Haddrick and directed by Peter Andrikidis. Loosely based on real events, the story is set in Sydney, London and Tajikistan.
(View False Witness review on Screentime)