Good for Nothing marks a significant milestone in my career as it is my first-ever feature film score (talk about being dropped in the deep end!). This immersive Western film, directed by Mike Wallis, provided me with a unique opportunity to delve into the world of cinematic storytelling through music. Working closely with the talented team of producers, director, and actors, including Mike Wallis and Inge Rademeyer who are now lifelong friends, I embarked on an exhilarating creative journey that left an indelible mark on my artistic path.
Set in the American West, Good for Nothing follows the compelling story of Isabella Montgomery, a refined English woman forced to journey to her uncle's ranch following the death of her father. However, her life takes an unexpected turn when she is kidnapped by an outlaw during the escort. Though faced with peril and danger, Isabella's resilience shines through as she navigates the treacherous landscape of the Wild West. My score sought to capture the essence of this gripping narrative, evoking the rugged beauty and raw emotions inherent in the Western genre. From the sweeping vistas to the intense moments of tension and the delicate blossoming of a forbidden love, the music served as a powerful companion, heightening the film's impact and immersing the audience in its world. Good for Nothing garnered critical acclaim and recognition, with the film and director Mike Wallis earning a place in Leonard Maltin's esteemed list of 'Fifty Notable Debut Features of the Past Twenty Years' in his best-selling book, Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide. The film's premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Festival in January 29 2011, marked a significant moment, introducing audiences to a captivating blend of Western grit and cinematic artistry. As the story unfolds, the complexities of the characters and their relationships are brought to life, thanks in part to the evocative score. The dynamic interplay between light and dark, love and violence, and honor and betrayal provided me with a rich tapestry of emotions to translate into music. Each cue served as a sonic thread, weaving together the fabric of this enthralling tale. Good for Nothing invites viewers to embark on an immersive journey, transcending time and place. It is a testament to the power of collaboration and the combined efforts of the cast, crew, and musicians.
Watch and Listen
Good for Nothing
Director: Mike Wallis
Screenplay: Mike Wallis
Producer: Inge Rademeyer & Mike Wallis
Starring: Cohen Holloway & Inge Rademeyer
Cinematographer: Mathew Knight
Editor: Greg Daniels
Composer: John Psathas
Released 29 January 2011 (Santa Barbara Film Festival) and 3 May 2012 (New Zealand)