NFSA Restored The Sentimental Bloke with a score by Paul Mac
NFSA Restores is an exciting program that seeks to digitise, restore and preserve Australian films so they can be seen in today’s digital cinemas. In 2019, the NFSA restored one of the nation’s most famous films from the silent era, The Sentimental Broke. The film premiered at the Sydney OpenAir Cinema on 15 February 2020, and was accompanied by a new musical score composed and performed live by ARIA Award-winning electronic music artist Paul Mac.
In speaking about the score, Mac notes: ‘I was intrigued when the NFSA approached me to create a score for The Sentimental Bloke. I saw the film and rapidly fell in love with it, but musically I wondered how to approach this period-piece My sound is traditionally electronic in nature, so for this project I chose something new for me: a palette of woodwind, brass, acoustic guitar, banjo, cello, piano and percussion compliments the electronic textures. I can’t wait to share this with an audience. It is one of the most exciting projects that I have attempted!’
NFSA CEO Jan Müller said: ‘Digitally restoring 1919’s The Sentimental Bloke for a new generation to enjoy is incredibly exciting. We are honoured to work with Paul Mac on this project; seeing him perform his musical score live will turn the film’s premiere into an unforgettable event.’
The film was painstakingly brought back to life by NFSA experts and postproduction partner Vandal. It is the 30th title in the NFSA Restores program which digitally restores, preserves, and shares classic Australian films for today’s and future audiences.