Angela Little is a composer, vocalist, string and orchestral arranger, and songwriter. Her best-known work to date was on Baz Luhrmann’s film “Australia” for which she co-composed and scored Additional Music, which led to Angela’s nomination for an AFI (now AACTA) Award for Best Original Score in 2009, as well as several other national and international awards.
Angela was also the singer and co-writer of the film’s love song, “By The Boab Tree”, which was the first song featured on the film’s end credits and was amongst 49 songs short-listed for an Academy Award for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture in 2009.
Angela also co-wrote three other tracks and performed an epic interpretation of “Waltzing Matilda” for the film’s soundtrack, as well as creating the orchestral arrangement for Elton John’s song “The Drover’s Ballad”, which also featured on the end credits of the film.
Since then, Angela has lent her talents to a diverse range of projects. In 2010 she co-composed the score for feature film ‘The Clinic’. In 2011, she composed and arranged music for two major live productions – aerial theatre and dance show ‘Earth Angel’, which had its premiere at the 2011 Sydney Fringe Festival, and Irish Dance spectacular ‘Celtic Illusion’, which continues to tour in Australia and internationally.
Most recently, Angela composed the music for feature documentary “Zach’s Ceremony”, a heart-warming story about an Aboriginal boy and his coming-of-age in both traditional culture and modern society, which had its world premiere at the world’s largest documentary festival, Hot Docs 2016, and has since gone on to screen at the Sydney Film Festival (where it won the Foxtel Audience Award for Best Documentary), Melbourne International Film Festival (where it won the audience award for Best Documentary), and in cinemas nationally in 2017.
Angela’s composition studies were at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, where she was one of only four students nationwide selected to study for a Masters Degree in Screen Composition in 2007.
Angela has also lent her distinctive vocal talents to a range of screen, stage and album projects. The song “Shame” from Angela’s first EP “Ophelia of the Spirits” was iTunes Single of the Week in March 2009, and Angela was awarded a JB Seed Jump Grant in 2009 to complete her second EP, “The Secret Garden”. She then turned her attention to epic cinematic Celtic music, producing and releasing “Celtic Fire” in 2010, with her collection of singles “SRADDHA” following in 2014-15, influenced by various world music traditions including Indian, Middle Eastern and Celtic music.
Angela’s vocals also feature in many of her film projects, and her innovative narrative approach was recognised by Oscar-nominated composer Marco Beltrami in 2015 when he asked her to collaborate on vocals for some scenes in the Alex Proyas-directed blockbuster “Gods of Egypt” after hearing some of her songs from “SRADDHA”.
Angela has been recognised as one of Australia’s outstanding emerging musical talents. She was awarded an ArtStart grant by the Australia Council for the Arts in 2010, which allowed her to attend a prestigious orchestration course in Los Angeles and undertake a mentorship with esteemed film composer Craig Armstrong in the UK, and she has also been a finalist in the Film & Television category in the APRA Professional Development Awards three times (2009, 2011, 2017). Her passion for music and storytelling continue to inspire both collaborators and audiences alike.