I had the first opportunity to interview Mario Millo when I was writing the notes for the Dragon’s Domain reissue of his acclaimed score to THE LIGHTHORSEMEN (1987), Simon Wincer’s vast historical portrait of Australian expertise on military horseback during World War I. Our interview covered additional insights and recollections that wouldn’t all fit into the album notes, and I asked Mario if he’d be interested in undertaking a second, extended interview covering his entire film music career. He agreed and over a period of several months this interview was completed.
While the final notes for THE LIGHTHORSEMEN soundtrack tell the story of the making and scoring of the film from the perspectives of Millo, Wincer, and producer Antony I. Ginnane, I’m pleased to present the unpublished (or only paraphrased) portions of our original interview within the broader scope of our second interview to provide a thorough portrait of the career one of Australia’s most significant film composers. I am especially indebted to Mario for taking the time and care in sharing his perspective and experience in such reflective detail. -rdl (READ MORE)