Sydney Member Events

Sydney Member Events



David Hirschfelder is one of Australia’s foremost film composers. In his 30-year career he has written the score or soundtrack to more than 80 film and television productions, and has received numerous local and international accolades.


David’s film credits include some of the most iconic Australian and international productions ever realised, including STRICTLY BALLROOM (1992 SHINE (1996), SLIDING DOORS (1998), ELIZABETH (1998), ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE (2007), AUSTRALIA (2008), LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA’HOOLE (2010), HAPPY FEET 2 (2011), THE RAILWAY MAN (2013), THE WATER DIVINER (2014), and THE DRESSMAKER (2015) to name a few.

David’s first ever film-score for STRICTLY BALLROOM in 1992 won him the BAFTA Award for Best Original Film Score, three years later David received his first Oscar® nomination and AFI award for the score to SHINE; and two years later he received his second Oscar® nomination, as well as second BAFTA award for his work on ELIZABETH. David has received a total of 13 international awards and further 26 nominations for his work.

Some of the topics that will be covered in this 2-hour masterclass include:

  • Creating a love theme
  • Composing for film vs composing for television
  • Collaborating with directors
  • Musical sound design of a score
  • How a draft sketch develops into a full orchestral score
  • Inspiration
  • Thematic interpolation
  • Planting melodic seeds
  • How score is used to create irony, emotion, tension and humour

David will be joined on stage by Sandy George who will talk him through his career and creative process step-by-step. A large range of clips will be presented on screen during the discussion to illustrate his method. These clips will include early drafts and rejected versions as well as the final music chosen, and show some of the challenges and paths one has navigate to create a finished score.



Date: Monday 3 July, 2017

Arrivals: 5:30pm arrival for a 6:30pm masterclass

Venue: Event Cinemas, Westfield Bondi Junction
Before the masterclass you can enjoy 25% off drinks in the AACTA Bar.

RSVP today to secure your seat.





Join us at our special screening of HOUNDS OF LOVE – exclusive and complimentary to AFI and AACTA members.

Set in Perth during the summer of 1987, HOUNDS OF LOVE tells the story of 17-year-old Vicki Maloney (Ashleigh Cummings) who meets John ( Stephen Curry) and Evelyn ( Emma Booth) when they offer her a ride. This seemingly harmless interaction soon leads to Vicki being abducted and held captive in the couple’s suburban house. With escape appearing impossible, Vicki begins to observe the twisted dynamic between her captors and quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.

Drawing from real-life crimes HOUNDS OF LOVE is a tense thriller which explores the complexity of co-dependent relationships, emotional power struggles and destructive relationships.

Watch the trailer here.



Date: Monday 10 July, 2017

Arrivals: 5:30pm arrival for a 6:30pm screening

Venue: Event Cinemas, Westfield Bondi Junction
Before the screening you can enjoy 25% off drinks in the AACTA Bar.

RSVP today to secure your seat.



Whether you are an enthuasist or industry professional, by becoming a member of AFI or AACTA you will receive exclusive and complimentary access to our year-round events.

Be among the first in the country to preview new Australian film and television screen releases – and to sweeten the deal, members enjoy access to industry professionals behind and in front of the camera, voting rights for the AACTA Awards and complimentary tickets to our annual Awards Screenings Program films and documentaries competing for the AACTA Awards.

From as little as $70, become a member today and join us in the celebration of Australian talent.