After dipping her toes in a number of student and short films, Bryony’s breakthrough collaboration was with Bret King for Matthew Saville’s Roy Hollsdotter Live in 2003.
Following this, her first television show in 2005 We Can Be Heroes by Chris Lilley took audiences by storm and ensured Bryony remained busy writing music for film and television.
Her projects include Noise, A Month of Sundays, Felony, Please Like Me, We Can Be Heroes, Summer Heights High, Angry Boys, Tangle, Berlin Syndrome, Don’t Tell, The King and Cloudstreet – a project Bryony credits as having a magical alchemy with every department striving to honour the text. As a result something greater than the sum of its parts was achieved.
Bryony credits her launch in the field to collaborations with her group of friends, including Matthew Saville, Geoff Hitchins, Sian Davies, Katie Milright, Greg Williams, Clea Frost and many actors, all of whom were passionate about making films. They worked together for free (or a pittance), made mistakes, inspired each other, and learnt from each other.
Bryony hopes to continue working on projects that intrigue, engage and inspire her, as well as challenging herself musically by trying things she hasn’t tried before.
Her words of wisdom to those seeking a career in filmmaking and composing is: Focus. Commit. Work hard. Filmmaking and composing are verbs –improvement comes if you keep working.
Write without worrying about how good the result is – the process is what is important. Hone your craft, both musically, but also, crucially, how you respond to the images in front of you. Create opportunities for yourself and don’t worry about a career trajectory –work hard on projects that interest you and the career will sort itself out. Ask for help if you don’t know something, and learn from your mistakes.