Home' D Fine Redland Lifestyle Magazine : October 2009 Contents Story: Linda Muller
Photos: Charles Sonnex
WHEN Christopher Elves walked
the red carpet at the Daytime
Emmy Awards in Hollywood, he
kept expecting a tap on the shoulder.
"I felt that any sec some guy was going to
come up to me and say 'You shouldn't be
here'. That there'd been some kind of
"To be honest I felt like I was some kid at a
grown-up do. "
It was a different man who left the event
however, clutching an Emmy, gained for
outstanding achievement in musical
direction and composition for daytime
The award was given specifically for the
Butterfly Winter episode of the Animalia
series, music which had already gained him
an APRA Australian Guild of Screen
Composers award for best music in
children's television in 2008.
Nominated in the same Emmy category were
Sesame Street and the Oprah Winfrey show.
It was very exciting.
It gives you status in the
industry. I'm just the same
bloke who wrote the music but
there is a new perception within
the industry. It changes things
enormously, he said.
Not surprising therefore that Christopher
is now getting those shoulder taps -- this
time for potential Hollywood feature film
scores, the nature of which must remain
confidential for now.
Meanwhile he and his wife Lee-Anne are
still pinching themselves about the
"The press were there and we kind of
slunk in next to the actors and actresses. I
was curious more than anything. It was
completely surreal,"Christopher said.
"I was nervous because I was totally
convinced he'd win, "Lee-Anne said.
Following was the whole Hollywood
experience, including a bit of schmoozing
with the stars (Lee-Anne holds up the card
of Kate Linder -- Esther Valentine -- of The
Young and the Restless) and a party hosted
by Tom Rueggar, winner of 13 Emmys and
attended by distributors Porch Light
entertainment and most of the Animalia
"I'll never forget that Tom Rueggar and
the President of Porch Light Bruce Johnson
stood up and gave a speech about me."
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Animalia, based on the book by Graeme Base, is the
biggest animated series done in Australia with 40
half-hour feature episodes. It screens on Sunday
mornings on Network 10.
Continued page 7
Christopher and wife, Lee-Anne at the Emmy
Awards in Hollywood.
Opposite page: Christopher, Lee-Anne and
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