FILM AUSTRALIA COLLECTION

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Peter Sculthorpe

Composer Peter Sculthorpe describes how Australian history and landscape have influenced him and tells of the events in his life that have found expression in his music.
Series : Australian Biography Series 7 | Year : 1999 | Total Duration : 26 Minutes | Producer : Robin Hughes
Director : Robin Hughes |
CU hands playing at piano keyboard, one hand holding pencil. CU profile of Peter Sculthorpe's face. Hands at keyboard. Pan from face to writing musical notes on sheet music. Interview Peter Sculthorpe who is sitting in front of piano, talking about communications through the work of art. Overhead shot hands at piano keyboard, pan to writing music. Peter Sculthorpe head & shoulders at piano with pencil in mouth. Super.
Access No. 132099 | 58 secs | 1990s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Still b&w photograph Peter Sculthorpe as young boy wearing fancy dress hat, 1930s. B&W photo Peter as boy on bicycle, wearing hat. Interview Peter Sculthorpe talking about writing music as a young boy and being punished by piano teacher. B&W photo Peter as young boy in fancy dress costume, headband with feathers. B&W photo Sculthorpe family house / home. Interview Peter about parents' approval of him writing music as a child, 1999.
Access No. 132100 | 1 min 4 secs | 1930s | Australia | © Peter Sculthorpe | Colour |
Still b&w photograph Peter Sculthorpe's mother and father. B&W photo Peter's mother flanked by Peter and brother. B&W photo Peter and his mother in crowd, pan from mother to Peter in school uniform. B&W photo Peter's parents walking in winter coats. Interview Peter Sculthorpe talking about parents' discussion about him staying inside writing music rather than being outside playing football with other boys, 1999.
Access No. 132101 | 48 secs | Various | Australia | © Peter Sculthorpe | Colour |
Still b&w photograph Peter Sculthorpe as young boy with his father, Peter standing in fork of tree holding his father's hand. B&W photo young Peter in swimming trunks / swimmers / bathers standing in front of open car boot. B&W photo Peter and his brother in swimming trunks. B&W photo school sports team, 1943, winners of combined sports. Detail photo Peter standing in back row. B&W photo Peter as teenager in swimming trunks. Interview Peter Sculthorpe talking about wanting to be a composer, writer or producer from a very early stage, 1999.
Access No. 132102 | 53 secs | 1940s | Australia | © Peter Sculthorpe | Colour |
Still b&w photograph Peter as a young man and his mother walking along street. B&W photo Sculthorpe family standing in front of car. B&W photo Peter as young boy sitting on running board of 1920s-1930s car, zoom to Peter with bottle next to him. B&W photo Peter as young boy sitting on mudguard of car. Interview Peter Sculthorpe talking about convincing his father to allow him to study at university in Melbourne, 1999.
Access No. 132103 | 39 secs | 1930s | Australia | © Peter Sculthorpe | Colour |
Still b&w photograph overhead shot Peter Sculthorpe as young man playing piano. B&W photo Peter with his parents at his graduation. Interview Peter Sculthorpe talking about teaching in Tasmania. B&W photo Peter's brother. B&W photo of his brother's sports shop ÒSports HutÓ. B&W photo Peter handling goods in sports shop. B&W photo Peter holding cigarette. Interview Peter about feeling disappointed that he had not achieved anything, 1999.
Access No. 132104 | 1 min 2 secs | Various | Australia | © Peter Sculthorpe | Colour |
Still b&w photograph Peter Sculthorpe as young man. B&W photo Peter playing piano. Title of Sculthorpe musical score ÒPianoforte Sonatina - for the return of Yoorucara to his tribeÓ. CU Peter Sculthorpe signature on front of score / composition. Sketch of Aboriginal man from front page of score. Interview Peter Sculthorpe, 1999, talking about ABC rejecting music he entered in competition, and then sending it off to the International Society for Contemporary Music. CU notes on sheet music as page of music score turns.
Access No. 132105 | 44 secs | Various | Australia | © Peter Sculthorpe | Colour |
Still b&w portrait photograph Peter Sculthorpe as young man. Colour photo Sculthorpe family on boarding stairs as they board plane. B&W photo Peter's mother and father at dinner table. Detail photo Peter's father. Interview Peter Sculthorpe talking about father's support and his own decision to get an Oxford doctorate. B&W photo Peter's parents on wharf farewelling ship. Detail photo Peter's father.
Access No. 132106 | 41 secs | Various | Australia | © Peter Sculthorpe | Colour |
Interview Peter Sculthorpe talking about learning while at Oxford University. Still b&w photograph Peter as young man with friend sitting with beers at outside table of English pub. Interview Peter about wanting to return to Australia to pursue career. B&W photo composer Malcolm Williamson. B&W photo exterior college at Oxford. B&W photo Peter in rooms at Oxford, sitting by window reading and smoking pipe.
Access No. 132107 | 1 min 2 secs | Various | Australia; Oxford, England, UK | © Peter Sculthorpe | Colour |
Interview Peter Sculthorpe, 1999, talking about returning to Australia when his father became ill, his father's illness with cancer and the fact that no-one made reference to cancer in those days. Still b&w photograph Peter's mother and father. CU score title ÒIrkanda IVÓ which Peter wrote in memory of his father. Words on bar lines ÒWritten upon the death of my fatherÓ. Interview Peter about great reviews received for this piece of music.
Access No. 132108 | 1 min 8 secs | Various | Australia | © Peter Sculthorpe | Colour |
Newspaper headline ÒThis Music Evokes Australia's LonelinessÓ.
Access No. 132109 | 3 secs | 1970s | Australia | © Launceston Examiner | B&W |
Newspaper headline ÒSculthorpe work glowedÓ and article on a performance of Peter Sculthorpe's ÒIrkanda IVÓ.
Access No. 132110 | 3 secs | 1970s | Australia | © Canberra Times | B&W |
Still b&w photograph Peter Sculthorpe as baby being held up by his father. Interview Peter Sculthorpe, 1999, talking about connection between deep emotion and successful composition. B&W photo Peter as young boy with his father, Peter standing in fork of tree holding his father's hand. B&W photo Peter's parents, pan right from father to mother. B&W photo Peter Sculthorpe as young man sitting at table writing musical score. Interview Peter about rejection from ABC Sydney's director of music, more successful meeting with Sydney University's director of music Donald Pierce. B&W photo Peter standing and writing on music sheet.
Access No. 132111 | 2 mins 11 secs | Various | Australia | © Peter Sculthorpe | Colour |
Archival colour footage, 1970s, track past conductor to musicians playing instruments in music room, pan from Peter Sculthorpe to student. Interview Peter Sculthorpe, 1999, talking about teaching music students to learn about themselves.
Access No. 132112 | 38 secs | 1970s | Australia | © ABC Television | Colour |
Still b&w photograph Peter Sculthorpe holding book titles ÒThai Musical InstrumentsÓ. B&W photo Peter playing Asian percussion instrument. B&W photo Peter holding Asian stringed musical instrument. Interview Peter Sculthorpe, 1999, talking about Asian music and his adaptation of using their method of using wind instruments in his compositions. B&W photo Peter blowing on long Asian wind instrument.
Access No. 132113 | 1 min 6 secs | Various | Australia | © Peter Sculthorpe | Colour |
Still b&w photograph Peter Sculthorpe on stage in front of orchestra with Sir Bernhard Heinz putting congratulatory hand on his shoulder. B&W photo Peter sitting in orchestra during performance of ÒSun MusicÓ. Interview Peter Sculthorpe talking about writing ÒSun Music IÓ. B&W photo Peter holding score for ÒSun Music IÓ, pan from score sheet to Peter.
Access No. 132114 | 48 secs | Various | Australia | © Peter Sculthorpe | Colour |
Archival colour footage, 1970s, VS shimmering orange outback landscape, ground shot ants moving over barren earth with scrub in B/G, pan from sun beating / shining in blue sky to shimmering water, overhead shot muddy water rippling, MCU sunlight reflecting on water, dissolve to VS sand blowing over desert dunes. Interview Peter Sculthorpe, 1999, talking about trying to give a piece a title first and how a composer is a chooser.
Access No. 132115 | 50 secs | 1970s | Australia | © ABC Television | Colour |
Still b&w photograph Peter Sculthorpe sitting at desk writing by lamplight, lamp and statue on desk. Interview Peter Sculthorpe, 1999, talking about limitations in music allowing one to fly up. B&W photo pan from painting hanging on wall to Peter sitting on sofa / couch with Anne Boyd. Interview Peter about marriage engagement being broken off in the 1970s. B&W photo Peter and Ann at desk in discussion with another man present. Interview Peter about Ann feeling he wasn't quite committed enough to marriage. B&W photo Peter with Anne at her graduation.
Access No. 132116 | 1 min 35 secs | 1970s | Australia | © Peter Sculthorpe | Colour |
Interview Peter Sculthorpe talking about the music he was writing during time of his relationship breaking up. CU cover title of music score ÒThe Song of TailitnamaÓ. Interview Peter about the new music he began writing in a more classical and pure style.
Access No. 132117 | 1 min 20 secs | 1990s | Australia | © Peter Sculthorpe | Colour |
Archival colour footage aerial track over barren outback terrain, through canyon, pan of Aboriginal rock paintings of the lightning people, CU face from Aboriginal cave painting of figure, pan from painting in cave to engravings in rock. Interview Peter Sculthorpe, 1999, talking about influences from Aboriginal music and wanting to give message through his music on Aboriginal land rights.
Access No. 132118 | 1 min 16 secs | Various | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival colour footage orchestral performance of Peter Sculthorpe's work ÒKakaduÓ, 1989, drums, clarinettist, WS orchestra from behind and conductor, violinists, clarinettists, violinists, percussionists. Interview Peter Sculthorpe, 1999, talking about his works influenced by time in the Top End / NT, calling the works Kakadu Songlines.
Access No. 132119 | 1 min 8 secs | 1980s | Australia | © ABC Television | Colour |
Archival colour footage large flock of birds / ducks taking off from lake and filling sky. Dissolve to next shot.
Access No. 132120 | 23 secs | Unknown | NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Cover of music score for ÒIrkanda I - for violin aloneÓ by Peter Sculthorpe. Interview Peter Sculthorpe, 1999, talking about being influenced by the Australian landscape for his music and writing a piece of music according to the contours of the land around him. CU pan musical notes on score sheet.
Access No. 132121 | 1 min 3 secs | 1990s | Australia | © Peter Sculthorpe | Colour |
Still b&w photograph of performance ÒRites of PassageÓ. B&W photo MS performers in ÒRites of PassageÓ. Interview Peter Sculthorpe, 1999, talking about audience reactions to his music and being booed by front row of audience who were then set upon by row behind them. Newspaper headline ÒMixed Reception For Rites of PassageÓ and article. Newspaper article called ÒRites of stormy passageÓ, 1970s.
Access No. 132122 | 35 secs | 1970s | Australia | © Peter Sculthorpe | Colour |
Newspaper headline ÒBoring Rites guilty of all that is wrongÓ, 1970s. Interview Peter Sculthorpe, 1999, talking about members of audience walking out during performance of ÒRites of PassageÓ and being shouted at by other members of audience. Newspaper headline ÒThe Rites of Sculthorpe were wrongÓ.
Access No. 132123 | 15 secs | 1970s | Australia | © News Ltd | Colour |
Newspaper headline ÒNew opera was great successÓ.
Access No. 132124 | 4 secs | 1970s | Australia | © The Mercury | B&W |
Interview Peter Sculthorpe ,1999, being asked whether he sees himself as an optimistic composer. Still colour photograph Peter Sculthorpe standing close to Polish composer Henryk Gorecki. Interview Peter talking about his own positive attitude compared to that of Gorecki's.
Access No. 132125 | 45 secs | 1990s | Australia | © Peter Sculthorpe | Colour |
Peter Sculthorpe driving along residential street in open-topped convertible car, driving red sports car into driveway of house. Interview Peter Sculthorpe talking about his sense of responsibility to uplift others by writing joyous music rather than reflect doom in society. Peter playing piano / composing, writing music. Interview Peter about purity in music of favourite composers and his aims for music in the future.
Access No. 132126 | 2 mins | 1990s | Sydney, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |