As part of the 2008 Melbourne International Arts Festival, ACMI is presenting F.W. Murnau's FAUST with a live score by Phillip Johnston.
This 1929 silent film classic was Murnau’s highly successful big-budget final German film before joining Fox Studios in America. It is director F.W. Murnau portrayed by John Malkovich in the fictional account of the making of Nosferatu, Shadow of the Vampire (2000).
PhillipJohnston’s work as a composer and musician extends across the arts having composed for theatre, dance, film and music. His original score for Faust was commissioned by the Film Society of Lincoln Centre and premiered at the New York Film Festival in 2002. Film credits including Paul Mazursky’s Faithful, Philip Haas’ The Music of Chance and Money Man, Dorris Dörrie’s Paradise and Geld, and, recently, Stolen Life by Peter Rasmussen & Jackie Turnure & Noise by Henry Bean. His compositions for silent film, include Tod Browning’s The Unknown, The George Méliès Project, Teinosuke Kinugasa’s Page Of Madness and F.W. Murnau’s Faust.
Phillip speaks to Australian Stage’s Jan Chandler.