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Film Music: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

The Australian music icons team up with the SSO to perform their famed film scores.
By Sarah Ward
October 16, 2019
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Film Music: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

The Australian music icons team up with the SSO to perform their famed film scores.
By Sarah Ward
October 16, 2019
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When The Proposition unleashed its outback western onto cinema screens, it did so with a distinctive sound, all thanks to Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. When The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford explored the death of an American outlaw, The Road took viewers into a post-apocalyptic wasteland and West of Memphis pondered a potential miscarriage of justice, the Australian musicians again provided the soundtrack — as they did with Hell or High Water and Wind River's crime thrills, too.

Bandmates across several projects since the 90s — including Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Grinderman — Cave and Ellis are Aussie icons, with careers spanning back decades before they started composing music for movies. But even if you've seen the duo play live countless times over the years, you haven't seen anything like the pair's latest show.

Following its world premiere in Melbourne this August, the show is heading to the Sydney Opera House, taking over the Concert Hall for three performances across two nights this December. Cave and Ellis will take to the stage with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs to perform pieces from all of the above film scores. Watch the talented musos work through their movie output, as paired with symphonic sound and conducted by Nicholas Buc — and prepare to witness something special.

Tickets for Film Music: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis go on sale at 9am on Friday, October 18 with pre-sale kicking off at 9am on Wednesday, October 16.

Image: Jayden Ostwald

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