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1M1 Records Newsletter
January/February, 2004

  - Welcome
  - Recent Soundtrack Additions to the Website
  - The 1M1 Records Website
  - New Release - "Grendel Grendel Grendel"
  - Upcoming Releases
  - APRA/AGSC Award Winners


Welcome to 1M1 Records' January/February 2004 newsletter.

The last year was a big and busy one for 1M1 Records and this year looks like it is going to be yet another big leap forward for us.

"Grendel Grendel Grendel" is 1M1 Records' first release for 2004. "The Naked Country", also by Bruce Smeaton, will follow soon.

Many new or recent Australian soundtracks will be added over the next few months as well, including "The World at War" (Roger Mason), "After the Deluge" and "Black and White" (Cezary Skubiszewski), "The Slim Dusty Movie" (Slim Dusty), "Travelling Light" (Richard Vella), "Marking Time" (Martin Armiger) and "The Night We Called it a Day" (Rupert Gregson-Williams).

Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you back here for March/April's 2004 newsletter.

Your feedback is always welcome.

Philip Powers

Recent Soundtrack Additions to the Website

This month we are adding several Australian scores to the website, including "The Slim Dusty Movie" (Slim Dusty), "Travelling Light" (Richard Vella), "Marking Time" (Martin Armiger), "Getting' Square" (Machine Gun Fellatio), "The Wannabes" (2-CD set - Various) and "The Night We Called it a Day" (Rupert Gregson-Williams).

The 1M1 Records Website

Current Releases; which are still being manufactured.


More Soundtracks; previously released titles which are still available, including titles previously released by 1M1 Records which are no longer being manufactured, and brand new CDs of other soundtracks which 1M1 has in its stocks. There are still copies available of Alan John's "The Bank", "The Monkey's Mask", "The Hard Word", "Dirty Deeds" to name a few, as well as a range of Brian May scores. Several scores by Jerry Goldsmith, Ennio Morricone, Georges Delerue and Bruce Broughton are also available here.


Collectors Items; rare 1M1 CDs priced in the premium range because of the difficulty in sourcing them, containing 1M1 CDs like "Devil in the Flesh / We of the Never Never", "Roadgames / Patrick", "Race for the Yankee Zephyr / The Survivor" and "Harlequin / The Day After Halloween", "Robbery Under Arms": items which have very few soundtracks left in stock and are quite unlikely to become available again in the foreseeable future.


Secondhand Titles; soundtrack releases from anywhere in the world which 1M1 currently has in stock, containing quite a few bargain-priced excellent condition soundtrack CDs for sale.


New Release - "Grendel Grendel Grendel"

This release will be available in the coming weeks.

Our first new release for 2004 will be "Grendel Grendel Grendel". Alexander Stitt's animated film "Grendel Grendel Grendel" is based on the 1971 novel by John Gardner who adapted and expanded the classic, century-old poem, "Beowulf".

Along with composer Bruce Smeaton, and a group of actors including Peter Ustinov, Julie McKenna, Keith Michell and Arthur Dignam, they have breathed life into this classic tale. As Alexander Stitt himself wrote about Grendel, we didn't know much about him in the original poem, except that he "lives beneath a lake with his Mum and eats people."

The story begins on Tuesday morning, 515 AD, in Scandanavia. Big, green and spotty, Grendel is the kind of son that only a mother could love.

This film has received a cult-like following over the years, and Bruce Smeaton says that it has been his most requested score that has remained unreleased. The music ranges from scoring for medieval battle sequences and hunts; for the huge Dragon that sometimes haunts Grendel's dreams, for the love between King Hrothgar and his Queen; for the jealousy of the great warrior Unferth who had hoped to inherit Hrothgar's kingdom one day; for the monster-conquering hero Beowulf, and for the love of Grendel's mother to her son, known far and wide as the fearsome Great Boogy. Along the way a Shaper (singer) comes to Hrothgar's kingdom to provide entertainment. A choir is used in scoring the sacrifices to appease the gods who have allowed a terrible monster to ravage the kingdom and kill their people.

Peter Ustinov plays Grendel. His (voice) portrayal adds enormous sensitivity to Grendel's character. Amongst the songs is a beautiful, self-pitying ballad called "Poor Me". It illustrates how Grendel doesn't understand why everyone hates him and is trying to kill him. He is just doing what comes naturally to a monster.

Upcoming Releases

"The Naked Country", also by Bruce Smeaton.

APRA/AGSC Award Winners

APRA*/AGSC Feature Film Scoring Award Winner:
The Nugget, composed by Nigel Westlake
Black and White, composed by Cezary Skubiszewski
Horseplay, composed by Nigel Westlake
Crocodile Hunter - Collision Course composed by Mark McDuff/Elliott Wheeler/Peter Kaldor

APRA*/AGSC Telemovie or Miniseries Scoring Award Winner:
Evil Never Dies, composed by Nerida Tyson-Chew
After the Deluge, composed by Cezary Skubiszewski
Martha's New Coat, Karen Leimbach
Seconds to Spare, composed by Guy Gross

Bruce Smeaton was honoured with the APRA International Achievement Award.

Over the past 30 years the press release notes that he had scored some 31 feature films and 24 television productions. These included Picnic at Hanging Rock, Roxanne, The Cars That Ate Paris, and The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith. In addition to those films he has scored music for numerous internationally renowned films such as Eleni and Plenty.

Legendary composer Elmer Bernstein was honoured with the AFI/APRA International Prize for Excellence. In his absence, Nancy Knutsen from ASCAP accepted the award which was presented by director George Miller, Patron of the AFI.

Other APRA*/AGSC Winners:

Best Music for a Documentary: Equus - The Story of Horses (Roger Mason)
Best Music for a Television Series or Serial - MDA Episode 8 (Roger Mason)
Best Song for a Feature Film: "Go Forward" from Whalerider (Lisa Gerrard)
Best Soundtrack Recording: After the Deluge (Cezary Skubiszewski)
Best Music for Children's Television: Pirate Islands (Danny Beckerman & Ric Formosa)
Best Music for a Short Film: Human Contraptions (Alan John)
Best Music for a Television Show: Enough Rope with Andrew Denton (David Chapman)
Best Music for an Educational, Training or Corporate Film/Video: SAFC:30th Anniversary (Ashley Kloss)

(*source for Awards' information from APRA)

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