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Being Frank

Italian born Frank Strangio was raised in the United States and migrated to Australia as a teenager. He attended the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. While living in Boston Frank studied Composition privately with composer Michael Gibbs and piano with Madame Margaret Chaloff and Ray Santisi.

Upon his return to Australia, Strangio began composing music for myriad projects, from Corporate films and presentations to Commercials for TV and Radio. His first feature film score was for Dusty, by director John Richardson, and was the winner of the Best Music Award at the 28th Asian Pacific Film Festival. Dusty was an orchestral score featuring members of the MSO.

This was followed by cult classics BMX Bandits, (Nicole Kidman's first film) and Dead End Drive-in, both directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith. It is said that Dead End Drive-In is Quentin Tarantino's favorite Trenchard-Smith flick. Following this, Frank composed the music for the Craig Lahiff film Fever, featuring the late Bill Hunter and Gary Sweet, and received an AFI Nomination for Best Film Score.

Strangio has gone on to compose many other film scores including Paradise Found (directed by Mario Andreacchio) starring Kiefer Sutherland and Nastassja Kinski. The score was recorded at Angel Studios in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra and at Waveband Studio in Melbourne. The score was nominated for Best Soundtrack Album at the Australian Screen Composer Guild awards.

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Strangio composed the orchestral score to Andreacchio's The Dragon Pearl starring Sam Neil. This was the first official Australia China co-production and was filmed at Hengdian World Studios in China. The score was recorded by the Slovak National Orchestra.

Frank has also composed for many documentaries and television series including the inimitable 'Round The Twist, which was awarded an AFI Award for Best Children's Program for the episode "The Whirling Dervish". The episode "Little Squirt" won the Le Prix Jeunesse and was nominated for an Emmy Award.

The series Mortified scooped several awards as well:

  • Gold Medal winner at 2007 New York Festival of Int'l TV Programming and Promotion Youth Programs
  • Grand Award winner for Best Youth Program
  • Nomination for Banff World TV Awards
  • 2007 International Emmy Nomination
  • 2006 First Prize at Chicago Int'l Children's Festival
  • 2006 AFI winner for Best Children's TV Series

More recently, Frank composed the dark, electronic score to Leigh Sheehan's teen thriller, Six Plots.


2007 New York Festival of Int'l TV Programming and Promotion Gold Medal Winner for Best Youth Program - Mortified

2007 New York Festival of Int'l TV Programming and Promotion Grand Award Winner for Best Youth Program - Mortified

2007 Banff World TV Awards Nomination - Mortified

2007 International Emmy Nomination - Mortified

2006 First Prize at Chicago Int'l Children's Festival- Mortified

2006 AFI Award Winner for Best Children's TV Series - Mortified

2006 Australian Guild of Screen Composers Nomination for Best Original Song for the Screen (with Joe Creighton)

2000 AFI Award Winner for Best Children’s Program - Round The Twist

1993 Emmy Award Nomination for Best Children's Program - Round The Twist (series 2)

Winner of Le Prix Jeunesse for Best Children's Program - Round The Twist (series 2)

1986 Penguin Award for Best Music - The Lancaster Miller Affair

1988 AFI Award Nomination for Best Music - Fever

28th Asian Pacific Film Festival Award for Best Music - Dusty



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