Jed Kurzel

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Jed Kurzel is an award-winning composer and musician. His feature film debut for the critically-acclaimed Australian movie SNOWTOWN was named Feature Film Score of the Year at Australia’s 2011 Screen Music Awards and he has since gone on to score feature films including: THE BABADOOK (Dir: Jennifer Kent), which William Friedkin, director of THE EXORCIST, described as the most “terrifying film” he had ever seen; SLOW WEST (Dir: John Maclean), which won Jed his second Screen Music Award for Feature Film Score of the Year; and MACBETH (Dir: Justin Kurzel), starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, which premiered in competition at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Before shifting his focus to composing, Jed was best known as the frontman and songwriter for Australian duo The Mess Hall. Their 2006 album DEVIL’S ELBOW was awarded the prestigious 2007 Australian Music Prize.

Jed’s work can most recently be heard in: ALIEN: COVENANT (Dir: Ridley Scott); UNA (Dir: Benedict Andrews), the film adaptation of David Harrower’s Oliver Award-winning play BLACKBIRD, which stars Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn; and the soon-to-be-released JUPITER'S MOON (Dir: Kornél Mundruczó), which premiered in competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. 

Film

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JUPITER'S MOON

2017

Proton Cinema

Dir: Kornél Mundruczó
Prod: Viktória Petrányi
* Nominated: Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival 2017

ALIEN: COVENANT

2017

Scott Free Productions / 20th Century Fox

Dir: Ridley Scott
Prod: David Giler, Walter Hill, Mark Huffam, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott

ASSASSIN'S CREED

2016

RatPac Entertainment / The Kennedy/Marshall Company / DMC Films

Dir: Justin Kurzel
Prod: Jean-Julien Baronnet, Patrick Crowley, Michael Fassbender, Frank Marshall, Conor McCaughan, Arnon Milchan

UNA

2016

WestEnd Films / Jean Doumanian Productions

Dir: Benedict Andrews
Prod: Maya Amsellem, Patrick Daly, Jean Doumanian
* Nominated: Best Film, London Film Festival 2016

MACBETH

2015

See-Saw Films / StudioCanal

Dir: Justin Kurzel
Prod: Iain Canning, Laura Hastings-Smith, Emile Sherman
* Nominated: Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival 2015
* Nominated: Best British Independent Film, British Independent Film Awards 2015

SLOW WEST

2015

See-Saw Films / Film4

Dir: John Maclean
Prod: Iain Canning, Michael Fassbender, Rachel Gardner, Conor McCaughan, Emile Sherman

*Winner: Feature Film Score of the Year, Australian Screen Music Awards 2015
*Winner: Sundance Institute's World Cinema Jury Prize - Dramatic

SON OF A GUN

2014

Altitude Film Entertainment

Dir: Julius Avery
Prod: Timothy White

* Nominated: Best Film, London Film Festival 2014

THE BABADOOK

2014

Causeway Films / IFC Films

Dir: Jennifer Kent
Prod: Kristina Ceyton, Kristian Moliere

*Nominated: Feature Film Soundtrack of the Year, Australian Screen Sound Guild 2014

DEAD EUROPE

2012

See-Saw Films

Dir: Tony Krawitz
Prods: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Liz Watts

* Nominated: Best Original Score, Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards 2014
* Official Selection: Toronto, Sydney & London Film Festivals 2012

SNOWTOWN

2011

Warp X Australia / Screen Australia

Dir: Justin Kurzel
Prod: Anna McLeish, Sarah Shaw

* Won: Feature Film Score of the Year, Australian Screen Music Awards 2011
* Nominated: Best Original Music Score, Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards 2011
* Nominated: Best Music Score, Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards 2011
* Won: Best Australian Film, Australian Film Critics Association Awards 2011
* Won: FIPRESCI Prize - Special Mention, Cannes Film Festival 2011

Television

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SPIRITED
SEASONS 1 & 2

2011

Northside Productions

Dir: Jessica Hobbs, Daniel Nettheim, Jonathan Teplitzk, Jonathan Brough, Michael J Rowland, Rowan Woods, Stuart McDonald
Prod: John Edwards, Claudia Karvan, Jacquelin Perske

*Nominee: Best Television Drama Series, Australian Film Institute Awards 2010

Documentaries

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ALL THIS MAYHEM

2014

Pank & Martin / Playmaker Films / Vice Films

Dir: Eddie Martin
Prod: James Gay-Rees, Eddie Martin, George Pank

NAKED ON THE INSIDE

2007

Magic Real Picture Company

Dir: Kim Farrant
Prod: Ian Walker

Short Films

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SAMMY BLUE

2001

Dir: Kim Farrant

MEETING MISTY RAIN

2000

Dir: Justin Kurzel

*Winner: 2nd Prize, Tropicana Film Festival 2000

Other

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FOR THE BIRDS
LP

2009

Band: The Mess Hall

*Nominee: Australian Music Prize 2009

DEVIL'S ELBOW
LP

2007

Band: The Mess Hall

*Winner: 2007 Australian Music Prize

NOTES FROM A CEILING
LP

2005

Band: The Mess Hall

*Winner: Best Engineer, ARIA Awards 2006
*Nominee: Best Producer, ARIA Awards 2006
*Nominee: Australian Music Prize 2005

FEELING SIDEWAYS
EP

2003

Band: The Mess Hall

*Nominee: Best Independent Release, ARIA Awards 2003

THE MESS HALL
SELF-TITLED LP

2001

Band: The Mess Hall