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Aya Peard Media VFX Demo Reel 2013

//   Work from Stardust, Mirada, MPC, Logan and Aya Peard Media Studios

CALVARY --John Michael McDonagh's new film starring Brendan Gleeson

//   Aya Peard featured vocalist on Patrick Cassidy's film score

"John Michael McDonagh’s 2011 debut, The Guard, provided the wonderful Brendan Gleeson with a vehicle for some of his best screen work, playing an Irish West Country cop unencumbered by diplomacy skills. But the follow-up collaboration of the writer-director and lead actor is in a whole different league. Gleeson’s performance as a man of profound integrity suffering for the sins of others is the lynchpin of this immensely powerful drama, enriched by spiky black comedy but also by its resonant contemplation of faith and forgiveness. Representing a considerable leap in thematic scope and craft for McDonagh, Calvary deserves to reach the widest possible audience.

This is a film of rich layers -- glorious comedic highs are interwoven with meditative moments and flashes of startling hostility and violence. The underlying solemnity is channeled in Patrick Cassidy’s soulful, quasi-sacred score and in the majestic drama of the physical settings. Cinematographer Larry Smith mixes up painterly compositions and skewed angles with flair, while the heightened colors of Mark Geraghty’s production design make the interiors practically hum. Visually, intellectually and emotionally, McDonagh’s film is one to savor." -- Hollywood Reporter, Jan 20, 2014

Venue: Sundance Film Festival (Premieres)

Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankole, M. Emmet Walsh, Marie-Josee Croze, Domhnall Gleeson, David Wilmot, Pat Shortt, Gary Lydon, Killian Scott, Orla O’Rourke, Owen Sharpe, David McSavage

Production companies: Reprisal Films, Octagon Films

Director-screenwriter: John Michael McDonagh


//   Winner, 2013 ARIA AWARDS, "Best Independent Album"; Aya Peard on Backing Vocals

Having the opportunity to record backing vocals in the studio with Nick Cave, Warren Ellis and Nick Launay was a lifetime high-point for me. Recorded in Los Angeles following the band's main recording of album tracks in the South of France, "Push The Sky Away," released on February 13, 2013, is (another) a critically-acclaimed album for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, but the first to reach number one chart status in UK and Australia, and many other countries. I also had a wonderful time in the studio with the other backing vocalists, and have had a blast rehearsing and performing with Natalie Wilde! As I've been a fan of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds ever since I was running around in a fur-lined hooded army parka on Haight Street with friends who sported Flock-of-Seagulls to Adam Ant to (dare I say) Simon Le Bon hairstyles, singing with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds was surreal and dreamy, especially when the lyrics and songs were so starkly lushly beautiful, if that makes sense. It might not until you hear the album, I guess. Happy. Thank you.

Buy the album, special editions, cool stuff here:  http://www.nickcave.com/


STYRIA. Starring Stephen Rea and Emily Tomlinson

//   Score by Marcello di Francisi, Featuring Aya Peard.

An absolutely haunting and gorgeous film, returning to the early sources
of vampirism, in the Irish novel "Carmilla" -- an  annotated copy of
which was found in Dram Stoker's belongings.

Very happy to be a part of this stunning psychological thriller, brilliantly augmented by Marcello do Francisi's rich musical score. Perhaps best known for his work with Lisa Gerrard, the complexity of this film's exploration into earlier, historic depictions of an alternate definition of
vampirism is matched in breadth by Marcello's diverse musical tapestry.

The soundtrack will be available January 28, 2014.

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