BA (Film and Television) Sound, 1990
Antony Partos is one of Australia’s leading film composers. His feature film credits include Jasper Jones, directed by alumna Rachel Perkins, as well as 99 Homes, Rams, Top End Wedding, The Rover and Tanna, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2017.
Other projects include the BAFTA-nominated documentary Sherpa, directed by fellow graduate Jennifer Peedom, and features such as Animal Kingdom, for which Antony won the AFI (AACTA) for Best Feature Score in 2010. In total he has taken home 6 AACTA awards for his work on feature films including The Home Song Stories, directed by alumnus Tony Ayres, and Unfinished Sky (directed by alumnus Peter Duncan), and television series such as Redfern Now – Episode 3: Babes in Arms.
Antony’s TV credits also include The End, Total Control, Operation Buffalo, Mystery Road, Rake, The Slap, Mabo, Bloom, Amazing Grace and Bump.
Antony is the current president of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers.
I was lucky enough to get into AFTRS straight after high school, at a time when it was mostly aimed at postgraduates. It was an extraordinary privilege to be one of only 13 people in the entire BA year. This meant that we all bonded extremely closely—a bond that we share to this day. My favourite memories are the location shoots that included travelling to Broken Hill, as well as being able to attend the International Student Film Festival in Karlovy Vary, which was then still Czechoslovakia under the dying days of Communism.
Probably going to the cast-and-crew screening of Tanna in the forest of Vanuatu. It starred all non-actors who had never even seen a film before, let alone acted in one—so when we screened it in the middle of the forest to the villagers, they all roared with laughter whenever one of them was depicted being killed! The film was also nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign film, so rocking up in a stretch limo—with villagers in traditional costumes walking down the red carpet—was pretty memorable.