Master of Arts (Film, Television and Digital Media) Screen Composition, 2007
Screen composer and vocalist Angela Little composed additional music for Baz Luhrmann’s Australia and was the singer/co-writer on By the Boab Tree, the end-credits song which was short-listed for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2009. Angela also featured as a vocal soloist on the score for Gods of Egypt, directed by fellow alum Alex Proyas.
She has composed the music for feature documentary Zach’s Ceremony, which was nominated for a 2017 AACTA Award for Best Feature Documentary, and the miniseries How Mad Are You for SBS. Other credits include feature film Chocolate Oyster, which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in 2018. Angela relocated to Los Angeles that same year, where she completed her Master of Music in Screen Scoring at the University of Southern California (USC).
Angela was the recipient of the Sandra and Alan Silvestri Scholarship at USC, awarded annually to the program’s top-ranked applicant. She was also mentored by composer Thomas Newman (American Beauty) and received the faculty’s top honour upon graduation, the Joe and Alice Harnell Award.
Her credits in the years since include China’s highest-grossing mobile game, Honor of Kings 2.0, feature films The Will, Swimming for Gold and Never Too Late, starring Jacki Weaver, as well as the score for Netflix series Dive Club.
Angela won the 2019 APRA-AGSC Screen Music Award for Best Music for a Short Film for her score for For The Girl in the Coffee Shop; she was also nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award and won a 2020 G.A.N.G (Game Audio Network Guild) Award for her music for Honor of Kings 2.0. Most recently she was awarded the 2021 Gold Jury Prize at the LA Sci Fi Film Festival for her score for short sci-fi Erased.
AFTRS opened up a whole new world of artistic possibilities to me. It wasn’t just the practical training in the craft; I suddenly became aware of an entire history, philosophy and collaborative practice of creating films and film music that expanded my entire way of thinking. It has informed my work ever since.
It’s very hard to pick out one experience because they’re all so varied, and I treasure them for different reasons. One thing that holds true is that it’s always the most incredible experience to hear my scores performed by wonderful musicians. I especially love the experience of recording a live orchestra, because there’s something truly electrifying about a group of people all combining their talents to bring music to life. Recording days are the moments when all the hard work literally jumps off the page and comes alive in front of me—nothing comes close to that feeling!