NFSA Restores: The Sentimental Bloke with live Paul Mac score
In 2019, the NFSA restored one of Australia's most famous films from the silent era, The Sentimental Broke (Raymond Longford, 1919).
The restoration 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.
Mac said, ‘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 complements the electronic textures.'