Meanwhile, in the long list of 145 films being considered for nomination in the best original score category, Australia has four contenders. They are: Jed Kurzel for Assassin's Creed; David Hirschfelder for The Dressmaker; Nick Cave and Warren Ellis for Hell or High Water; and Ronnie Minder for The Legend of Ben Hall.
Ronnie Minder is a multi-award winning film composer whose score for Australian Western 'The Legend of Ben Hall' (Executive produced by Greg McLean 'Wolf Creek') was in the running to win a Best Score Oscar at the 89th Academy Awards®. Inspired by the music of Vangelis, Ennio Morricone and Klaus Doldinger, Swiss-born Minder started to compose at an early age, always knowing his path would ultimately lead to scoring for the big screen.
Before scoring films internationally, he enjoyed an extensive career in electronic music, having his music released on record labels all over the world. Since signing his first record contract in 2001, his music was featured on hundreds of CD compilations globally (Ministry of Sound, Gatecrasher Digital, Street Parade) selling millions of units, making him one of Switzerland's most successful electronic music exports.
Now based in Australia and after deciding to solely score films since 2014, Minder has also scored for television and documentaries, including projects for Porsche starring Hollywood Star Patrick Dempsey.
Minder turned into one of the Industry's best kept secrets after the epic orchestral soundtrack he wrote, composed and orchestrated for SONY distributed and HBO screened 'The Legend of Ben Hall' short-listed as one of the 145 Best Scores of 2016 at the Academy Awards®. Amongst industry heavyweights such as Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Thomas Newman and Alan Silvestri, Minder was one of only four Australian composers alongside Jed Kurzel, David Hirschfelder & Nick Cave, in the running to win a Best Score Oscar.