Books (DNA and I.Q.)
Ever wondere d what a world where people can buy, sell and gamble with their intelligence would be like? So did I! That's why I wrote the I.Q. Trilogy, and later the DNA Trilogy!
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Royalty Free Background Music
Here is a selection of free, downloadable background music from my musical comedies. The music in this section is royalty free and can be used anywhere (YouTube videos, home videos, whatever) at no cost. Unless it's in a feature film or something, we don't care! (Contact me if you'd like to use the pieces comericially).
Download the pack here (38 songs, 97 mb)
Bass and Guitar.mp3
Catchy Guitar and Bass.mp3
Catchy Soothing Guitar Melody.mp3
Catchy Synth and Guitar.mp3
As a high school student I was fortunate enough to be cast as 'Pip' in the 1973 ABC version of Ethel Turner's classic 'Seven Little Australians' (see below) and many other roles in television and radio followed.
In the 80's, after completing my degree in English and History, I formed my own band: 'Your System'. We played rock music, mainly my songs, around the Sydney circuit. We released a single which charted at 20 on the Independent Charts. I also worked as a solo artist playing covers and originals.
In the late eighties I worked in children's television, writing and performing on call for: 'The Ridgey Didge Show'. This was syndicated nationally and enabled me to become a writer full member of APRA (The Australasian Performing Right Association). At that same time I began work in the cast at a Rock 'n' Roll Theatre Restaurant. This show played for two years.
I had my own small studio by then and began to record as series of educational rock songs for the NSW Department of Education which I called: 'Sing Along with History' but they called: 'Rock Historia'. The kit I produced covered the main ancient civilizations like Egypt, Greece and Rome and the kids could learn about them through listening to the songs and singing along. (Listen/Download)
I wrote a few jingles and a march for The Australian Light Horse Association, did some performances on an afternoon time talent show called: 'The Have A Go Show' and became a regular resident stand in for the show when acts dropped out. This gave me a chance to play my original songs on a national show (see Videos section to the right).
I wrote several short stories and one unpublished novel (the prototype for my later screenplay 'Strange Planet') in the early nineties, but it was in 1995 that I wrote my first musical comedy for stage: 'Pirates, Parrots and Penguins'. This is a gentle pantomime, which has proved the most popular of my plays so far, having been played by sixteen casts in Australia and New Zealand.
Seven other musical comedies followed:
Ponsemby's Castle (1996) The Gods Show (1997) Songs from the Bunker (1998)
Wayne Kerr High (1999) Once Upon a Space Time (2000) The Land of Dreams (2000) Dodge City (2001)
'Ponsemby's Castle', 'The Land of Dreams' and 'The Gods Show' have all been played by several casts over the years. Nine songs from these plays have received awards in either the Australian National Song Competition, or the South Pacific Song Competition.
I put music to Samuel Taylor Coleridge's epic 144 stanza poem: 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'. Written for stage, it has nineteen sections of music and the poem becomes the lyrics to these songs. The play has not so far been produced for stage, but between 2003 and 2005 I took a one-man-show version of the show into NSW high schools. (Listen/Download)
In recent years I have written two screenplays: 'The Cutting of Keys' (Romantic Comedy) and 'Strange Planet' (Action/Science Fiction). I am currently seeking a movie producer for these. At least one of these scripts made it through to the quarter-finals of the American-based PAGE Screenwriting Awards Competition (read more about my Screenplays below).
In 2006 I wrote and produced 'Stooge' a black comedy reversal on the old Scrooge story. In this, a really positive man is visited by three ghosts who show him what everyone has been saying behind his back and he ends up bitter and cynical. (Watch Online)
In 2007 I self-published my first novel titled: 'I.Q.'. It is the story of a future world where people can buy, sell and gamble their intelligence. It is Part One of a trilogy I have now completed (May '08).
At the time of writing this (January 2011) the prequel trilogy to I.Q. is about to go to press. Titled: DNA it explains how the I.Q. world came into existence. (Get I.Q. and DNA FREE by clicking here)
My objective is to find an agent to get my books to a wider audience and if possible to find a producer to turn these stories into movies. The six novels are each a couple of hundred pages long and contain sections of screenplay. They are to be visualised as action/science fiction movies.
Since 1995, when I started writing my musical comedies, I have received nine awards for my songs. These awards have come from "The South Pacific Song Contest" and "The Australian Songwriters" Association Song Contest".
I have won awards in seven categories during that time.
Click on any of the following links to hear a sample of the song.
Ready to Roll (2001)
Top 10 Finalist- ASA Song Contest (Country Category)
The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men (2001)
Certificate of Achievement- ASA Song Contest (Country Category)
The Genetic Disorder Song (2000)
Award of Merit- ASA Song Contest (Wacky Trax Category)
Finally, I've Found a Man Who Can Dream (1999)
Certificate of Merit - ASA Song Contest (Ballad Category)
The Leopard Seal's Song (1998)
Top Ten Finalist - ASA Song Contest (Children's Category)
Winnie the Pooh and the Heffalump (1998)
Top Five Finalist- ASA Song Contest (Children's Category)
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Preacher Man (1997)
Award of Merit- South-Pacific Song Contest (Pop Category)
I Am An Australian (1996)
First Prize- South Pacific Song Contest (Novelty Category)
The Insurance Man Won't Pay My Dad His Money (1995)
Finalist- Australian National Song Contest (Australiana Catego
In 1973 I was fortunate enough to be cast in the role as Pip in the ABC's television production of Ethel Turner's 'Seven Little Australians'.
The series was filmed from January 2 to sometime in May '73 when I was 14 years old. Early exterior filming of the Woolcott house was done in Moss Vale. The majority of exterior filming was done around various parts of Sydney, although later we filmed down in Lanyon (near Canberra) for the Yarrahappini sequences. Interiors were done in a section of Channel Seven hired out by the ABC because it could accommodate a double story set, and also at the ABC studios in Gore Hill, Sydney.Read more about my time on Seven Little Australians here...
The Bridge - Stairway to Zeppelin (Disbanded)
I love Led Zeppelin! Our drummer (and my brother) Julian (Juz) Clark loves Led Zeppelin! Our guitarist Jason Garwood loves Led Zeppelin! And our singer Van Samios loves Led Zeppelin! So guess what? We decided we'd play some. Before you listen in, be prepared » we have a female singer. Sacrilege? Perhaps but...
Give Me the Pearls (Function Band) (Disbanded)
Take out Van from the Zep show; add a keyboard player (Mick Samperi); turn down the volume for the early part of the night; put on suits and get your bass player to sing. We used to schmaltz it up with the best of them.
We were an independent band from the 1980's. I was the main songwriter for the band. Two of our songs went on a compilation to the U.S.
Captain Chook, his talkative parrot, Bono, and his complaining penguin, Epstein, rescue the princess of Tasmania from the clutches of the evil Captain Cambridge. They vow to take her home for a stake in some buried treasure. En route, the princess falls in love with sailor, Jack Tar, and it turns out that the princess' handmaiden, the oversized Gwen, is Captain Chook's long lost love.
Upper class English twit, Ponsemby Bay has only three trees left in his forest. There is a witch, a conservationist, some natives and two lumberjacks about the place. The witch is up to no good (please boo where required) and all the women seem to fancy Chip. Lots of sexist jokes and all the cast members turn out to be members of the opposite sex at the end of the play. No real plot but we get to laugh at the French, the English and the Australians, which is always fun.
Songs From the Bunker (1998)
It's April 29th 1945 and Epstein Pearl and his brothers Heimi and Leon are going to take the fall when the allies come busting down the door of Hitler's bunker due to Epstein's uncanny resemblance to the Fuhrer. The audience has to warn the boys if anyone is creeping up suspiciously behind them. Much fun is had at the expense of the Nazis and the 'Sound of Music' twist towards the end will spoil that movie for you forever.
Read Some of the Story - Listen to a Song from the Show
Once Upon a Space Time (2000)
Ten people on a space ship are approaching a planet. They are nearly out of food. They were all born on the ship but none of them knows what they are doing there. It turns out that they are the only surviving members of a space ark which left Earth five hundred years earlier to colonise a planet orbiting Alpha Centauri. Unfortunately, civilization on board has broken down in the intervening period and all of the cryogenically frozen scientists who were to be the brains of the new world have been eaten by the crew. Einstein's brain is still alive though and with help from Marie Curie's brain the survivors may yet overcome the evil civilization, which already exists upon Alpha Centauri by the time they get there in the second Act.
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If this sounds interesting to you, you can read the synopsis and download the first ten pages here.
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Hewie the Garden Spider Meets the Queen
Poor old Hewie lost his wife a year ago. He ends up in the Australian prime minister's suitcase and on his way to Buckingham Palace.
Logline: Sci –Fi/Comedy
Malloy is constantly screwing his virtual reality sex machine. When his wife catches him she imprisons him in a virtual world. Malloy plots his revenge.
Audiobook Available Upon Request