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Jed Kurzel

Jed Kurzel
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Jed Kurzel live with The Mess Hall in 2009
Background information
Jed Danyel Kurzel
Born1976 (age 43–44)
Gawler, South Australia, Australia
Genres
Musician, composer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
The Mess Hall

Jed Danyel Kurzel (born 1976) is an Australian singer-songwriter-guitarist and film composer. He is a founding member of The Mess Hall (from 2001), a blues rock duo. His older brother Justin Kurzel is a film director and screenwriter.

Life and career

Kurzel was born in 1976 and, with his older brother Justin Kurzel (born 1974), grew up in Gawler, South Australia.[1][2] Their father, Zdzislaw Kurzel (1946-2006), was from Poland and had migrated to Australia in 1960, where he became a taxi driver.[3][4][5] In the 1990s, Kurzel moved to Sydney, where Justin was studying at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).[2]

In 2001 Kurzel on lead vocals and guitar, Anthony Johnsen on drums and a bass guitarist formed a blues-rock group, the Mess Hall in Sydney - the bass guitarist soon left but was not replaced, they continued as a duo.[6] Kurzel recalled "When the clubs asked us where our bass player was, we used to lie and say he was sick."[6] Their debut album The Mess Hall was released in June 2003. In early 2004 Johnsen was replaced by Cec Condon on drums and vocals.[7] Their third album Devils Elbow (October 2007) won the Australian Music Prize.[8]

In 2000 Kurzel composed the film score for the short subject, Sammy Blue, at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, with Kim Farrant directing.[9][10] He worked for Farrant again: providing the score for Naked on the Inside (2006), a feature film documentary on body image.[10] In 2009 he composed music for Castor & Pollux, a short film, directed by Ben Briand.[11]

In 2011 Kurzel provided the music score for the directorial debut feature film by Justin, Snowtown.[12] At the APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards of 2011 Kurzel won Feature Film Score of the Year.[13] It was nominated for Australian Film Institute Award for Best Original Music Score.[14] The related soundtrack album was nominated for ARIA Award for Best Original Soundtrack, Cast or Show Album in that same year.[15][16]

Kurzel also wrote the scores for Son of a Gun, Slow West and the documentary All This Mayhem. In 2015, he worked again with his brother on Macbeth, followed by Assassin's Creed in 2016. He replaced Harry Gregson-Williams as the composer of Alien: Covenant.[17]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
2011 Snowtown Justin Kurzel Screen Australia
Madman Entertainment
First collaboration with Justin Kurzel
Soundtrack released by Ivy League Records
APRA Music Award for Feature Film Score of the Year[18]
Nominated -- ARIA Award for Best Original Soundtrack, Cast or Show Album[19]
Nominated -- AACTA Award for Best Original Music Score[20]
2012 Dead Europe Tony Krawitz See-Saw Films Nominated -- AACTA Award for Best Original Music Score[21]
2014 Son of a Gun Julius Avery Screen Australia
A24
First collaboration with Julius Avery

Soundtrack released by Milan Records

The Babadook Jennifer Kent Entertainment One
Umbrella Entertainment
First collaboration with Jennifer Kent

Soundtrack released by Waxwork Records

2015 Slow West John Maclean Film4 Productions
Lionsgate Films
Soundtrack released by Sony Classical Records
Macbeth Justin Kurzel StudioCanal
The Weinstein Company
Second collaboration with Justin Kurzel
Soundtrack released by Decca Records
2016 Assassin's Creed Regency Enterprises
Ubisoft Motion Pictures
20th Century Fox
Third collaboration with Justin Kurzel
Soundtrack released by Decca Records and Verve Records
Una Benedict Andrews Film4 Productions
Thunderbird Releasing
2017 Alien: Covenant Ridley Scott Scott Free Productions
TSG Entertainment
20th Century Fox
Replaced Harry Gregson-Williams
Soundtrack released by Milan Records
Jupiter's Moon Kornél Mundruczó ZDF/Arte
Match Factory Productions
Pyramide Films
Soundtrack released by Milan Records
2018 The Nightingale Jennifer Kent Bron Studios
IFC Films
Transmission Films
Second collaboration with Jennifer Kent
Overlord Julius Avery Bad Robot Productions
Paramount Pictures
Second collaboration with Julius Avery

Soundtrack released by Paramount Music

2019 The Mustang Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre Légende Films
Focus Features
Soundtrack released by Back Lot Music
Seberg Benedict Andrews Phreaker Films
Amazon Studios
True History of the Kelly Gang Justin Kurzel Daybreak Pictures
Porchlight Films
Memento Films
Fourth collaboration with Justin Kurzel

Documentaries

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
2007 Naked on the Inside Kim Farrant Magic Real Picture Company
2014 All This Mayhem Eddie Martin Hopscotch Films AACTA Award for Best Original Music Score in a Documentary[22]

Shorts

Year Title Director Studio(s)
2000 Sammy Blue Kim Farrant AFTRS
2009 Castor & Pollux Ben Briand Benah
2014 Dook Stole Christmas Jennifer Kent Smoking Gun Productions

External links

References

  1. ^ Quinn, Karl (1 October 2015). "Jed Kurzel on why Macbeth echoes Snowtown and how the score was almost electronic". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ a b Ross, Annabel (29 November 2014). "Two of us: Justin and Jed Kurzel". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ Gibbs, Ed (21 May 2015). "Cannes 2015: After Snowtown and Macbeth, Kurzel brothers to make sports comedy". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "Item details for: A12009, 1011-1015". National Archives of Australia. Retrieved 2016.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Winterford, Brett (1 May 2008). "The Mess Hall - Gig Reviews". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ a b "It takes two ... to play the blues". The Age. Fairfax Media. 15 June 2003. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ Jed Kurzel Archived 26 November 2015 at the Wayback Machine, thebabadook.com, access date 2 November 2015
  8. ^ Winners Archived 17 July 2016 at the Wayback Machine, thecoopersamp.com.au, access date 2 November 2015
  9. ^ "Sammy Blue". Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS). National Library of Australia. Archived from the original on 2 February 2006. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Naked on the Inside" (PDF). Compétition Longs Métrages Documentaires (in French). International Festival of Films de Femmes de Créteil. 2008. p. 41. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "TIFF52 - Screenings" (in Greek). Thessaloniki International Film Festival. 8 November 2011. Archived from the original on 4 April 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ Interview with Jed Kurzel, filmmusicmag.com, access date 2 November 2015
  13. ^ "Feature Film Score of the Year". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC). 2011. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ "Jed Kurzel's Snowtown Score Nominated for AACTA Award". Ivy League. 1 December 2001. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  15. ^ "The Countdown Begins....Nominations Announced". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 11 October 2011. Archived from the original on 16 October 2011. Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ "2011 ARIA Awards Winners By Year". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ "Jed Kurzel to Score Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant'". 25 December 2016.
  18. ^ "2011 Screen Music Awards - Winners and Nominees". APRA. Retrieved 2019.
  19. ^ "2011 ARIA Nominations Announced". Take 40. Take 40 Australia (MCM Entertainment). 12 October 2011. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 2019.
  20. ^ "1st AACTA Awards - Past Winners and Nominees". AACTA. Retrieved 2019.
  21. ^ "3rd AACTA Awards - Past Winners and Nominees". AACTA. Retrieved 2019.
  22. ^ "4th AACTA Awards - Past Winners and Nominees". AACTA. Retrieved 2019.

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