‘The thrill of composing for the screen is that it allows you to step into a world that is completely different each time. Like an actor, music becomes a character in an ensemble where all play a role to enliven and enrich the story. As far back as I can remember, I have always felt there to be a magical connection between image and sound – from early times when I worked as the musician for an illusionist to more recently when I composed the music for the Australian feature film, South Solitary. The great thing about composing for the screen is that the path invariably leads you to a place that is, more often than not, unexpected.’ MF

Mary’s hauntingly beautiful score (with bonus tracks) for this 2010 Australian feature film set on South Solitary Island can be heard on the CD label ABC Classics|Universal.

Image link to CD

Image link to CD

Link to CD Booklet  here

Link to CD Booklet here


South Solitary: The Arrival

{CD Soundtrack 1}

South Solitary: After the Storm

{CD Soundtrack 17}

South Solitary: Seabirds

{CD Soundtrack 13}

South Solitary: Solitary Lament - The Leaving

{CD Soundtrack 11}



After receiving the Churchill Fellowship in 2006 Mary travelled to Los Angeles to research the most up–to–date methods of music production for feature film in the USA and to compose music in a production team led by Hollywood composer Marco Beltrami for the blockbuster movie Die Hard 4. The music for Die Hard 4 was recorded at the Newman Scoring Stage, Fox Studios, Hollywood and was released by Twentieth Century Fox.


SLEEP (2002)

Interdisciplinary “postmodern nocturne”

Music by Mary Finsterer / Video by Dean Golja

'The composer writes that “the intention of this work is to emulate the idea of sleep as a time where, even though the body and mind are in a restful and slow state, it is a time that is filled with activity, as the unconscious mind wanders through an undulating terrain of dreams and fragmented memories. Sounds of breath have been abstracted, and placed amidst the texture to create the impression of unending continuity, and to offer a sense of layering between the outer and inner worlds.” The result is an increasingly engulfing musical experience.’ Richard Toop 2004

SLEEP is the final work on CATCH, the double-disc of award–winning music by Mary Finsterer released by ABC Classics|Universal label in 2004.