Film Scores and Cinema Soundscapes

From composed scores to pre-existing popular music, this collection focuses on examples of film music from a range of notable Australian features.

It includes music from the early silent and sound periods, big-budget blockbusters, indie films, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories, musicals and animated productions.

The pieces in this collection challenge the notion that effective film scores do not call attention to themselves and operate only as a type of subconscious backdrop.

Instead, we invite you to explore film music as a potentially powerful and manipulative mode of expression, and discover the many shapes and forms that it can take.

WARNING: this collection may contains names, images or voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Main image: Detail from 'The Ascent Music', Picnic at Hanging Rock sheet music, composed by Bruce Smeaton. NFSA: 386239