Master of Arts by Research – Sound, 2011; Specialist Extension Course Certificate - Sound, 1994
A founding member of the Australian band Yothu Yindi, Andrew Belletty is also a sound designer whose screen career began as a boom operator on the iconic miniseries Blue Murder.
Since then, he has worked as a sound mixer, sound editor, sound recordist and sound designer. His credits include shows such as McLeod’s Daughters and feature films Better Than Sex, Spear and The Rage in Placid Lake (directed by fellow alumnus Tony McNamara).
Andrew also holds a PhD in Visual Anthropology, Art, Design & Media from the National Institute for Experimental Arts at the University of New South Wales, and regularly exhibits installation work that explores the way sound can be applied within visual, performance and media arts.
On the shoot for short film Hell, Texas & Home (1994), standing waste deep in the waters of Menindee Lakes near Broken Hill, looking out at Aden Young perched high in a dead tree in the centre of the lake. With a Nagra recorder slung over my shoulder and a radio mic that wouldn’t work, I stood and wondered just how I was going to capture his almost inaudible mutterings.
The ten years I spent living and working as a sound designer in Mumbai. As Head of Department on a string of big-budget Bollywood films I travelled the world first-class and collaborated with some of the finest actors, directors, composers, writers and HODs I have ever worked with. Shopping in a rickshaw with Martin Sheen in Hyderabad, India; having a coffee in the sun at Cambridge with Sir Ben Kingsley; drinking shots of Grey Goose till dawn in Langkawi Island, Malaysia with Shah Rukh Khan; and smoking some fine hash with certain famous actors on the Lake Geneva shoreline, to name a few memorable moments.