Bruce Smeaton

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Bruce Smeaton
Born (1938-03-05) 5 March 1938 (age 78)
Years active 1973-present

Bruce Smeaton (born 5 March 1938) is an Australian composer who is well known for a variety of Australian film and television scores in all genres, including features, shorts, television, documentaries and advertisements.[1] His scores include Picnic at Hanging Rock, Seven Little Australians, Roxanne, Iceman, and Circle of Iron. He has won the Australian Film Institute (AFI) 'Best Original Music Score' Award for The Cars That Ate Paris (1974), The Great McCarthy (1975), The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978) and Street Hero (1984, shared with Garth Porter and others).[2]


Smeaton was born in Brighton, Victoria. His music has been championed by the Southern Cross Records and 1M1 Records labels.

In 1964 he spent time as a public school music teacher, at Fawkner Technical School (then an all-boys school) in the Moomba Park area of North Fawkner, a suburb of Melbourne. At the time he had a passionate interest in vintage cars which he would often bring to school.

He currently lives in Binalong, New South Wales.


Listed here is a selection of works for which Smeaton composed music.


  • Bush, Books and Breedens (1973)
  • My Brother Wartovo (1973)
  • Kangaroo Island (1974)
  • Pozieres (2000)

Feature films[edit]

Short films[edit]

  • The Clown and the Mindreader (n.d.)

Television shows[edit]

  • Seven Little Australians (1973, TV miniseries)
  • Ben Hall (1975, TV series)
  • Tandarra (1976, miniseries)
  • Patrol Boat (1979, TV series)
  • The Timeless Land (1980, TV miniseries)
  • A Town Like Alice (1981, TV miniseries)
  • 1915 (1982, miniseries)
  • Five Mile Creek (1983, TV series)
  • The Coral Island (1983, TV miniseries)
  • Eureka Stockade (1984, TV miniseries)
  • Boy in the Bush (1984, TV miniseries)
  • A Thousand Skies (1986, TV miniseries)
  • Jackson's Crew (1986, pilot)
  • Tusitala (1986, TV miniseries)
  • The Alien Years (1988, TV miniseries)
  • Act of Betrayal (1988, movie)
  • Naked Under Capricorn (1989, movie)
  • The Private War of Lucinda Smith (1990, dramatised documentary)
  • The Last of the Ryans (1997, movie)