Three approaches to thriving in Hollywood

Travelling on their musical skills, three creative Australians cross the Pacific and prosper.

By running the first Screen SongHubs for Australian composers in Los Angeles, music rights organisation APRA AMCOS created a natural connection point for a bunch of top class young(ish) Australian creatives who are establishing themselves in Hollywood. Here are three different perspectives on the experience. 

Ashley Irwin ran the four-day intensive program and selected the participants. Now the President of the Society of Composers and Lyricists in the US, Irwin was already doing well in Australia before he shifted to Hollywood in 1991. He is known for his work on Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door, a string of Clint Eastwood films and the hooray intros on a lot of presentation ceremonies. He turned out to be perfect for the Oscars.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.