His work has highlighted the extraordinary talent of Indigenous artists while presenting a range of complex and often challenging issues that contemporary remote communities face.
James continues to work closely with the renowned Australia auteur Directors Rolf de Heer and Paul Cox as well as notable directors Greg McLean (Wolf Creek fame) and Scott Hicks.
James not only records diegetic sounds on location, but is also responsible for the sound design and final audio mix. His ambition is to constantly challenge audiences and stretch the boundaries of cinema sound and has been instrumental in strengthening the relationship between sound and images in pursuit of the perfect cinema sound track.
In 2015, the Australian Screen Sound Guild awarded James the Syd Butterworth Lifetime Achievement Award.
Commenting about his time at Flinders, James says ‘The two dedicated Flinders University lecturers that were responsible for my career in cinema sound were George Anderson in tandem with Wal Cherry – everything I have achieved is their fault entirely. Without their gritty challenges, guidance and inspiration I would probably have end up selling clapped out used cars to unsuspecting uni students.’
James Curries was awarded a Flinders University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2017 for his significant contribution over many years to the Australian and international film industries, specifically in the area of sound production.