A sound reason to celebrate

drum roll for wasa finalists.
drum roll for wasa finalists.

The Melbourne-born but Perth based film and television veteran, who cut his teeth on 1976 TV-pilot Bluey, is in the running for three WA Screen Awards (WASA).

He will compete against himself in the best sound ” long form category.

Martin and his colleagues Scott Montgomery and Ric Curtin have been nominated in the category for their work on An Accidental Soldier and The Search for the Ocean’s Super Predator.

Martin is also up for best sound ” short form for Ngurra Wanggagu.

The sound-loving technician, who boasts possibly the largest and most comprehensive library of sounds in this country’s industry, is no stranger to the WASAs, having come off a win last year.

‘The great thing about these awards is that it offers extended exposure and extra recognition to these projects, some of which came out last year,’ he said.

Since he moved to Perth in 1998, his wife’s hometown, Martin has settled in Roleystone ” a spot that aurally piqued and refreshed his appreciation for sounds.

‘Whenever I hear things I feel like I should be recording,’ he said.

‘When I moved to Perth, the insects at night in the Hills sounded so different; I think we become so blas� and used to our environment that we don’t appreciate it.

‘When I was younger I used to record every bird sound I could.’

Martin’s work on television, feature films and documentaries throughout the years has taken him to the far corners of the earth including Iceland, China, Japan and the USA, but he is content with the laid-back life in the Hills.

‘I love seeing the world, but I am in a position where I have always got a job lined up’