Home of the Blizzard
Original footage by Frank Hurley of the Mawson expedition to the Antarctic
Commissioned by the Sydney Film Festival for Ten Days on an Island Festival, Hobart, Tasmania.
This score was an ‘experimental’ performance approach to a strange film, which consisted of a series of different, although not particularly related scenes shot by Frank Hurley on the now famous Mawson expedition to the Antarctic in the early 20 century.
Commissioned as a performance project by the Sydney Film Festival, it was to be screened with a score/soundtrack I created for live musicians, (improvising on piano and percussion) as well as pre-recorded material for wind instruments (clarinet, oboe/cor anglais and French horn) in certain sections of the film.
Home of the Blizzard was a remarkable film, an almost dream-like collection of different scenes: human, animal, and awesome and desolate nature which, even without sound speak for themselves.