"Pecking Order" opened across the country today to glowing reviews and sell out screenings. This hilarious and heartfelt ‘flockumentary’ about the Christchurch Poultry Club has been garnering plenty of media attention… Tom attended the NZFF Autumn Events Premiere in Christchurch last week and met the real-life cast - a very special treat!
Soundtrack album released - The Art Of Recovery: dated 01 May 2017
Tom has just released the soundtrack to The Art Of Recovery - featuring music from the award-winning feature documentary, which was performed by Joe Callwood, Cathy Irons, Dorian Liebert and Tomas Hurnik. You can hear free tracks and also download the album here:
Finalist for APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film: dated 08 Sep 2016
Tom is hugely excited to be one of three finalists named in the film music category at this year's APRA Silver Scrolls, for his score for 'The Art Of Recovery' - Peter Young's affecting and inspiring documentary that celebrates the creativity and community spirit of post-quake Christchurch. The two other films nominated are Lee Tamahori's 'Mahana' (score by Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper and Tama Waipara), and Taika Waititi's 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' (score by Sam Scott, Luke Buda and Conrad Wedde). The awards are held at Auckland's Vector Arena on September 29th.
3D feature film 'Into The Rainbow' [aka 'The Wonder 3D'] : dated 01 Sep 2016
Tom has now completed his score for the China / NZ / U.K co-production 'Into The Rainbow'. Directed by British filmmaker Norman Stone, the film stars Willow Shields (The Hunger Games) and Maria Grazia Cucinotta (Il Postino), Jacqueline Joe, Lei Wu, Joe Chen, Christy Chung, Emmet Skilton and Colin Moy. The orchestral score was recorded in Berlin by the renown Filmorchester Babelsberg, and mixed by Grammy winner Matt Howe at Metropolis's 'Qatari Studios' in Doha. The film is due to be released in 2017. Watch the trailer...
Tom wins at Silver Scrolls for 2nd year running: dated 18 Sep 2015
Tom picked up the Best Original Music in a Series award last night for the 2015 APRA Silver Scrolls held at Auckland's Vector Arena - for his score for Girl Vs Boy- Series 3. He won the same award last year for Girl Vs Boy - Series 2. This year was the 50th year of the Scrolls and included the 'Lost Scroll' award for the best song of 1981, won by The Swingers 'Counting The Beat' which, mysteriously, was not awarded at that time. Tom also had the honour of performing at this years awards - arranging and conducting Pass The Gat (Warren Maxwell, Thomas Oliver, Louis Baker) for their reinterpretation of one of the main song finalists - Unknown Mortal Orchstra's "Multi Love" - which turned out to be the winning song for 2015.
Exciting news! Tom has just been named as a finalist for the 2015 APRA Best Original Music in a series award for Girl Vs Boy (series 3) - the award which he won last year with Girl Vs Boy (series 2). The APRA Silver Scrolls ceremony will be held at Vector Arena on September 17th...
Latest Projects - two new films in NZFF: dated 01 Aug 2015
Tom is delighted to have worked on two inspiring new doco features in this year's NZ Film Festival:
'Act of Kindness' directed by Costa Botes and Sven Pannell, about a kiwi man's search for a good Samaritan in Rwanda who saved him 10 years earlier. Tom wrote additional music for the film.
'The Art Of Recovery' directed by Peter Young is about the artist driven community projects that have sprung up in the wake of the Canterbury earthquakes such as "Gap Filler", which are helping to shape an exciting and vivid new Christchurch… while the Government-led CERA has somewhat different ideas about how to go about rebuilding a city. Tom's score was recorded in both Christchurch and Wellington and features the beautiful talents of Joe Callwood (guitars/mandolins/beltona), Cathy Irons (violin), Dorian Liebert (viola) and Tomas Hurnik (cello).
When We Go To War - music behind the scenes trailer: dated 23 Apr 2015
A snapshot of the score recording sessions, for the 6-part WW1 drama series "When We Go To War".
The first workshop for the opera project "Star Navigator" was completed last week, as part of Auckland Festival's RAW programme. Tom is collaborating with composer & lyricist Tim Finn and librettist Gary Henderson, as arranger and additional composer for the new work, which is a co-commission partnership between West Australian Opera, Victorian Opera and New Zealand Opera.
Star Navigator tells the true story of Tupaia - the Tahitian star navigator who came aboard Captain Cook's 'Endeavour' during her voyage through the Pacific. An ensemble of 10 singers and 8 musicians presented a section of the 'work-in-progress' at Auckland's Q-Theatre in two performances - conducted by John Rosser, which featured Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua (Tupaia), James Clayton (Cook), Cameron Barclay (Joseph Banks) and Madison Nonoa (Purea).
NZ Film Awards Nomination: dated 27 Nov 2014
Tom has received a nomination for 'Best Score' for the film "3 Mile Limit" at the 2014 NZ Film Awards (Moas). The Awards will be held in Auckland on Dec 12th.
"When We Go To War" - recording complete: dated 17 Nov 2014
Tom's score for epic WW1 drama 'When We Go To War' is nearing completion... With help from a hugely talented team (John Psathas, Ben Woods, Neil Maddever, Ewan Clark, Sarah Lineham, Jeremy Fitzsimons) the orchestral recording at Avalon studios is now in the can, and the music edit/pre-mix sculpting is in motion with the awesome David Downes, in preparation for final music mix with John Neill at Park Road Post in Miramar.
The 6 part mini-series, which is directed by Peter Burger, produced by Robin Scholes, and written by Gavin Strawhan and Rachel Lang, is being made for TV1 to commemorate the centenary of the WW1 Gallipoli campaign, and will screen in 2015.
Tom wins at APRA Silver Scrolls: dated 31 Oct 2014
Tom was incredibly stoked to win the inaugural "Best Original Music In A Series" Award at the 2014 APRA Silver Scrolls, for Girl Vs Boy [season 2]. The award called 'Te Matua Ngahere' was introduced this year, and he's pretty excited to be the first name on this rather large trophy... (a beautful bronze sculpture by artist Jim Wheeler).
Girl Vs Boy - Season 3 goes to air: dated 01 Oct 2014
Girl Vs Boy Season 3 goes to air this month. This season sees the arrival of the new school principal Miss King (April Phillips) who segragates the sexes and pushes girls versus boys to a whole new level...
3 Mile Limit enjoys festival success: dated 06 Mar 2014
3 Mile Limit has now achieved selection into 10 international festivals, and picked up two awards along the way, winning "Best Feature Film" at Fargo Film Festival and "Best International Feature" at Washington DC Film Festival. The film has just opened on NZ screens, after a red-carpet premiere at Auckland's Civic, attended by many of Radio Hauraki's original pioneers.
'3 Mile Limit' - score complete: dated 23 Dec 2013
Tom has now finished the score for feature film '3 Mile Limit' - with the sound mix just completed at Park Road Post in Miramar.
The film is based on the true story of Radio Hauraki's beginnings as a pirate radio station, broadcasting illegally off the coast of Auckland in the 1960s - a time when the NZBC controlled the airwaves, and the government did everything in its power to keep rock'n roll off the air...
Directed by Craig Newland, the film stars Matt Whelan and David Aston among a stellar cast of new kiwi talent. It will premiere in March 2014...
Mitre 10 Dream Home goes to air: dated 03 Jul 2013
The new series of Mitre 10 Dream Home has gone to air on TV2 this week, including a whole new look and feel... and soundtrack! TVNZ has produced this latest version of the DIY classic show - this time in Canterbury, and Tom has created the music score, with help from his old jazz-school compatriate - composer and renowned DJ Bruce Gainsford. The series airs over 10 weeks culminating in an epic live show final...
"Blankets" off to Palm Springs!: dated 14 Jun 2013
Short Film "Blankets" which Tom recently completed the score for, has been selected for Palm Springs International Film Festival. The film stars Leon Wadham, Carly Owen and Chad Moffitt, was directed by Louise Leitch and written by Casey Whelan. See Onfilm article...
Tom has just completed the score for the second season of Girl Vs Boy, which will air on TV2 later this year - and this time features an epic little musical surprise...
Working with the Emmy award-winning creative team of Thomas Robins and David Stubbs (Reservoir Hill) the show is a comedy-romance-whodunnit starring the incredible Courtney Abbot, with plenty of heart, hotties and hoebags...!
Tom performs Roger Hall & Peter Skellern's new musical at Circa: dated 24 Feb 2013
Tom is happily trading his dark composing studio for a warmly lit stage and the wondrous tones of Skellern and Hall for a 5 week season of 'You Can Always Hand Them Back" which opened at Circa One on Saturday night. The musical play is the first collaboration between NZ's most successful playwright Roger Hall, with British 60's pop-star and reknown songwriter Peter Skellern. The show, directed by Jane Waddell, stars George Henare and Lynda Milligan as the grandparents, and Tom as the pianist / singer / narrator, who helps tell their story.
Short Film Score - "The God Painter": dated 11 Feb 2013
Tom's music score is now complete for Pavel Kvatch's short film "The God Painter". Written by JE Ryan, the film tells the story of "Sacha", a new Russian immigrant to New Zealand, who tries to overcome his turbulent past and build a peaceful life in a rough neighbourhood. The film stars Gene Alexander, Mike Minogue, Francesca Emms, Frank Edwards and Ivana Palezevic, and features Justin Firefly (guitars, mandolin and balalaika) on the soundtrack. The film was funded through the New Zealand Film Commission's Fresh Shorts scheme.
Short Film "A Kiwi Legend" wins Viewers Choice Awards at Tropfest: dated 04 Feb 2013
Tom has written music for a short film in this year's Tropfest Film Competition - the first time the event has been held in NZ. Directed by Tess Novak, 'A Kiwi Legend', is a mockumentary starring 'World' designer Denise L'Estrange-Corbet, legendary All Black Sir Colin Meads, actress Melanie Lynskey, comedians Dai Henwood and Steve Wrigley, and sporting stars Beauden Barrett and Valerie Adams. It features some particularly iconic kiwi apparel, and won the Viewers Choice Award at the event, held in Taranaki last week. Click link to watch film http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoDSnID-L0I
Short Films on the go: dated 26 Nov 2012
The music is nearing completion for two NZ Film Commission funded shorts: "The Present" funded under the Premiere Shorts scheme is directed by Thomas Robins ('Girl Vs Boy', Emmy award winning 'Reservoir Hill') and produced by Jeremy Macey. "Blankets" funded under the Fresh Shorts scheme, is directed by Louise Leitch ('Whakatiki') and produced by Melissa Dodds. Both films are being submitted for international festivals in 2013.
Tom's films nominated for Moa's: dated 26 Nov 2012
Tom is very excited that four films he had the pleasure of working on have received a total of 8 nominations at this years 'Sorta Unofficial Film Awards' known as the Moa's. Feature films "Netherwood" (Best self-funded film, Best Supporting Actor - Will Hall) and "The Last Dogs Of Winter" (Best Documentary, Best Director - Costa Botes) received two nominations each, while short film "Whakatiki" received 3 nominations (Best Short, Best Actor - Jim Moriarty, Best Actress - Mabelle Dennison). "Dr Grordbort presents: The Deadliest Game" is also nominated for Best self-funded Short. In the absence of a 2012 Screen Directors Guild sanctioned film awards, the Moa's were rapidly established to ensure this year's films are duly recognised, and has now become 'sorta official' ... The ceremony takes place in Auckland on Tuesday December 4th.
Onfilm magazine feature about the 'Hollywood Music Workshop': dated 23 Oct 2012
This month's Onfilm magazine (October issue) features an article Tom wrote about his experiences travelling to the Hollywood Music Workshop in Vienna - an amazing 8 days of film music study with screen composer / orchestrator and legend, Conrad Pope, thanks to a Professional Development Award from the NZ Film Commission. http://www.archivesearch.co.nz/default.aspx?webid=ONF&articleid=62457
Booktrack - creating music for ebooks: dated 11 Sep 2012
Tom has been working on a project for the exciting new media technology Booktrack, creating new music for a soon to be released epic...
Launched to much fanfare worldwide in 2011, Booktrack offers a whole new reading experience for ebook lovers, a technology that enables ambience, sound FX and music to accompany a book, adaptable to any reading speed and adjusting along the way. As Tom describes it's 'kind of halfway between a book and a film - a cinematic book'!
Tom attends Hollywood Music Workshop in Austria!: dated 24 Aug 2012
Tom has just returned from the Hollywood Music Workshop in Vienna, studying with renown Hollywood composer and orchestrator, Conrad Pope. The workshop was run over 9 intense days, and involved the participants composing and recording original cues to footage of existing Hollywood films, with an 8 piece string ensemble. Now in its 4th year, the HMW aims to bring the best of Hollywood film music knowledge to Europe, where the 'Hollywood sound' began - in large part thanks to the influence of Viennese composers and pioneers of film music - Max Steiner and Erich Korngold.
Tom was the first kiwi to attend the workshop, and received a Professional Development award from the NZ Film Commission to get him there. http://www.hollywood-music.at/
Last Dogs NZ Premiere: dated 22 Aug 2012
Costa Botes feature-doco "The Last Dogs Of Winter" just premiered at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington, as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival. Appearing live via Skype live from Churchill, Manitoba, where the film is set, was one of the film's main characters Caleb Ross, who answered questions during the Q & A session. The film also played at the Civic in Auckland, and other theatres across the country during the month long festival.
New TV Series 'Girl Vs Boy': dated 19 Jun 2012
The score is now finally complete for the exciting new comedy whodunnit TV series "Girl Vs Boy". Tom has been working with the Emmy award-winning creative team of Thomas Robins and David Stubbs (Reservoir Hill) on the show, which airs on TV2 at 5pm, Sunday July 1st. With plenty of heart, hotties and hoebags, it promises to be a pretty special little small-town epic...
NZSO / SOUNZ Recording - video diary online: dated 18 Jun 2012
Watch a clip of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra recording Tom’s piece ‘A Hero’s Tale’.
New German Film - "Spuren der Vergangenheit": dated 02 May 2012
Tom has just completed the score for German/NZ tele-feature "Emilie Richards: Spuren der Vergangenheit" (dir. Christoph Screwe), shot in NZ and based on the Emilie Richards novel "Good Time Man". A romantic drama/comedy, it follows the story of an orchestral pianist's (Gesine Cukrowski) quest to find her birth mother (featuring Schubert pieces performed by pianist Sarah Watkins). It screens on ZDF in Germany on Sunday May 6th at 8:15pm, and will be viewable online for one week after. Follow this link to read producer Henrik Meyer's blog... http://www.henrikmeyer.com/?p=70
New showreel available: dated 15 Mar 2012
A 2011 show reel is now available on request (includes recent unreleased work). Please email Tom for link and password. email@example.com
"Whakatiki" selected for Tribeca!: dated 15 Mar 2012
"Whakatiki" has been selected to screen at Tribeca in New York - widely regarded as one of the highlights of the international film festival circuit. The film, directed by Louise Leitch, was one of 58 films chosen out of 2800 submissions from 25 countries. The mix was completed last week at Park Road Post Production... and it sounds great!
Dr Grordbort's now viewable online: dated 01 Mar 2012
This year's most anticipated action-comedy epic short film "Hot Rob" is nearing completion, and Tom's score is all but mixed. Still to be recorded are the majestic and powerful 'Rob Choir' who will undoubtedly bring another whole layer of pathos to this extraordinary saga. Check out the latest Production Diary to see how Tom and the film's producers confront the development challenges of this unique film. Hot Rob Production Diary No.12 "Hot Rob" is the story of one man - car salesman Rob Hart, and his love for nubile car-yard receptionist Anna, which leads him into and out of danger, and then back into it again - culminating in a spectacular and destructive finale on Wellington's waterfront that is indeed quite 'Hot'. Hot Rob will premiere very soon...
Dr Grordbort's "The Deadliest Game": dated 27 Nov 2011
Tom has just completed the score for award winning director James Cunningham's latest film "Dr. Grordbort's presents: The Deadliest Game". Working with advanced 3D production students at the Media Design School, Cunningham has created a short film for the globally recognised property Dr. Grordbort's, with full support from Greg Broadmore (creator) and Richard Taylor (co-owner of Stardog and Weta Workshop). The film stars Geoff Houtman and Morgana O'Reilly, and will be viewable online from December. Media Design School article about the project
Last Dogs selected for IDFA: dated 01 Nov 2011
"The Last Dogs Of Winter" has been selected for the prestigious International Documentary Festival - Amsterdam. One of the leading doco festivals in the world, the IDFA has been held annually since 1988. Director Costa Botes and one of the featured players in the film Caleb Ross, will travel to Amsterdam this month to present the film.
Standing Ovation for Last Dogs at Toronto Festival: dated 12 Sep 2011
Costa Botes' new film 'The Last Dogs Of Winter' has been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival. The film featuring actor Caleb Ross (The Tribe) explores the quest of Canadian Brian Ladoon to save one of the rarest breeds of dog on the planet - the Canadian Eskimo Dog (or Qimmiq). Tom is currently composing the score... http://www.voxy.co.nz/entertainment/nz-film-rare-dogs-toronto-festival/5/97062
Duncan's Lady - German romance film: dated 22 Jul 2011
Tom just completed his 4th feature this year - another Emile Richards adaptation 'Duncan's Lady' (working title), set in Puhoi, Northland. The score and songs were written intensively in a little over 3 weeks, and feature the beautiful vocal talents of Lisa Tomlins, Esther Melody and Louis Baker.
More German romance on 'Whiskey Island': dated 22 Jun 2011
Tom has just completed the score for romance tele-feature 'Whiskey Island' (working title), based on the novel by American author Emilie Richards. It will screen on Germany's ZDF later this year.
Daytime Tiger: dated 21 Jun 2011
Costa Botes latest doco Daytime Tiger, which Tom scored alongside Harley Green, is screening at the 2011 NZ International Film Festival. It's a portrait of New Zealand writer Michael Morrissey – an up-close encounter with an extremely intelligent man in the grip of bipolar disorder. It’s also a harrowing portrait of marriage vows tested to the extreme. http://costabotes.com/daytime-tiger/
Western feature "Netherwood": dated 09 May 2011
Tom has just completed the score for Kiwi western feature film 'Netherwood'. Starring Owen Black, Will Hall, Miriama Smith, Mick Innes, Peter McCauley and Peter Rowley, the film was shot in the stunning Waipara district of North Canterbury. It's the story of a man who enters the small country town Netherwood and unwittingly inherits a prime piece of land coveted by a local wealthy landowner. What ensues is a conflict over land driven by a primal battle between men for power and dominance. http://netherwoodmovie.wordpress.com/
German romance film : dated 09 Mar 2011
Tom has just completed scoring the romance-adventure tele-feature "Sehnsucht nach Paradise Island", based on the novel by American author Emilie Richards 'Das Geheimnis des Opals' ('The Secret Of The Opal'). A Germany / NZ co-production starring Liane Forestieri, Wayne Carpendale and Helmut Zierl, and Kiwi actors Michelle Leuthart and Peter McAuley, the film was shot in Wellington, New Zealand, and airs on ZDF (Germany) in April.
Candyman selected for U.S. Documentary Channel's Top Premieres: dated 03 Dec 2010
After screening on The Documentary Channel in the U.S during Thanksgiving weekend, Candyman has been selected as one of The Doc Channel's 2010 Top Premieres. During the month of December, the channel will re-screen the top premieres from throughout the year each night at 8pm, with Candyman screening on Christmas night! Of the 31 “Best of Doc” films, the Documentary of the Year will be selected by an online public vote as part of a sweepstakes. You can vote here: http://documentarychannel.com/sweepstakes
Alone Against The Tasman: dated 28 Oct 2010
Tom has just completed scoring a doco for Gibson Group, about trans-Tasman solo rower Shaun Quincey. It follows his remarkable journey from Australia to New Zealand - only the second person to row the crossing solo, more than 30 years after his father Colin crossed the Tasman in the opposite direction. It will screen on TV1 Wednesday 11th November at 9:30pm. Watch online: http://tvnz.co.nz/real-life/s2010-alone-against-tasman-video-3887588
"Lost In Wonderland" wins two Qantas Awards: dated 20 Sep 2010
Lost In Wonderland picked up the award for BEST POPULAR DOCUMENTARY OR DOCUMENTARY SERIES at the Qantas 2010 Film & Television Awards. It also won BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY DOCUMENTARY/FACTUAL - a pretty good haul for a mostly self-funded doco (unfortunately there is no music award in the documentary category!)
Tom's work selected for NZSO broadcast recording: dated 24 Aug 2010
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will record Tom's piece 'A Hero's Tale' again in September 2010 - this time for Radio New Zealand. It is one of only 6 works being recorded for this years September SOUNZ Readings chosen from previous years readings, and will be a broadcast standard recording.
ONFILM Magazine - review of Candyman: dated 21 Jul 2010
Candyman to screen at New Zealand International Film Festival: dated 06 Jul 2010
"Candyman: The David Klein Story" has been selected to screen at the NZIFF in 2010. It will play at Wellington's Paramount Theatre on July 19th at 6pm.
Candyman to screen at 'Hot Docs' in Toronto: dated 30 Mar 2010
Candyman has been selected to screen at the "Hot Docs" Festival in Toronto in May 2010, after a rapturous reception at it's premiere at "Slamdance" in Utah in January.
Pavlova Western: dated 01 Sep 2009
Tom is currently writing the score for the feature film "The Sun Sets West" - a western shot in NZ, directed by Mike Wallis and starring Cohen Holloway and Inge Rademeyer.
New TV show "One Night Only" : dated 21 Jul 2009
Tom has just completed filming as Music Director for the new TVNZ entertainment series "One Night Only". The show which features song, dance and a live studio orchestra, is due to air in late 2009.
Candyman: dated 07 Jul 2009
Scoring work has just begun for Costa Botes new film about David Klein - the man who invented the "Jellybelly jellybean". The film featuring, Weird Al Yankovich, follows the rise and rise of one of America's most most iconic candies, while it's creator reveals the personal cost for him and his family in this sweet'n sour doco-feature.
NZ International Film Festival: dated 15 Jun 2009
Lost In Wonderland will feature in this year's NZ International Film Festival, with screenings at Wellington's Paramount and NZ Film Archive, and at Auckland's Academy theatre, between July 19-25. http://www.nzff.co.nz/default.aspx?id=7522®ion=1
"Lost In Wonderland": dated 22 Mar 2009
Tom has just completed the score for this feature documentary directed by Zoe McIntosh and produced by Costa Botes. The film explores the life of the colourful and controversial figure Rob Moodie, and his journey from abandoned child to cop, public figure, farmer and crusading lawyer.
Tommy Love's Valentine Spectacular!: dated 22 Feb 2009
Tom's uniquely cheesy lounge persona - the Las Vegas sensation Tommy Love, made an unforgettable appearance on Wellington's waterfront this Valentines day. The show featured a cast of 34 including showgirls, hiphop dancers, rollerskaters and some of of NZ's finest musicians in a musical comedy extravaganza like no other. See photos at: http://alanpix.blogspot.com/
NZ Symphony Orchestra to record Tom's music: dated 22 Jan 2009 Tom's orchestral score "Cut To: Music" was selected to be recorded at the SOUNZ/NZSO Readings in September 2009. The work which was commissioned for a short film competition, was premiered by the Auckland Philharmonia in 2008. It will be conducted by Ben Northey from Australia.
Luke Buda Album: dated 07 Oct 2008 Tom has just arranged strings for Luke Buda's soon to be released single "My Imminent Demise", from the upcoming album "Vesuvius".
CUT TO: MUSIC Short Film Competition: dated 22 Aug 2008 In April, Tom was commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra to write the score for an innovative new film competition - where contestants had to create a film inspired by his score. The winning film was Eden by Oran Franco, and the film was screened at the recent A Night At The Movies concert at the Aotea Centre, with the Orchestra (conducted by Brett Kelly) playing the music live to the film.
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Amazing Extraordinary Friends – Series 3: dated 22 Jul 2008 Tom is currently completing the music for Series 3 of AEF - which promises to be more epic than ever.
NZ Premiere of The Last Five Years - the off-Broadway hit musical.: dated 22 May 2008
In May Tom was Music Director and Pianist for this two-handed stage musical - starring Sarah Lineham and Nigel Edgecombe. The score includes beautiful orchestrations for violin, 2 cellos, piano, guitar and bass.