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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Profile -

Ca­reer high­light: Win­ning two AFI awards, for Boot­men in 2000 and La Spag­nola in 2001. And an ova­tion at a screen­ing of Gil­lian Arm­strong’s Death De­fy­ing Acts at the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. Ca­reer low­light: Be­ing knocked back by the Aus­tralia Coun­cil for the large- scale choral work in­spired by Robert Hughes’s The Fa­tal Shore in 1996. Big break: Be­ing asked by pro­ducer Mar­ian Macgowan to do Lil­ian’s Story in 1995. Favourite com­posers: Miles Davis and Krystof Pen­derecki, whose mu­sic was used for The Ex­or­cist . Also, bands like Ra­dio­head be­cause they al­ways try to chal­lenge them­selves. Film com­posers: Thomas New­man ( Amer­i­can Beauty , Os­car and Lucinda ) be­cause of his ver­sa­til­ity and French­man Eric Serra, who wrote the mu­sic for Leon ( The Pro­fes­sional). Guilty plea­sure: Bel­gian dark choco­late.

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