Music is in danger of being taken for granted – screen composer Amanda Brown

The former Go Betweens violinist and longtime screen composer talks AACTA wins for Brazen Hussies and Babyteeth, juggling jobs, facing fears and why she wishes LESS music was used in film and TV.

Composer Amanda Brown is on a winning streak. In the space of a single week in December she won three major awards for her work in film and television: the AACTA Award for Best Original Score for the feature film Babyteeth; the AACTA Award for Best Original Score for documentary Brazen Hussies; and the APRA AGSC Screen Music Award for Best Music for TV Series or Serial for The Secrets She Keeps (Lingo Pictures/Ten). That’s a wonderful result for a weird year, but without the usual parties and shmoozing of awards season.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She was previously a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk