We go behind the scenes to be the first to hear a missing piece of music from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. As the music has its world premiere at the World Science Festival.

Leia Comegna reports.


Steven Spielberg’s 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a sci-fi masterpiece.

Now John William’s score is coming to life in Brisbane.

An 84 piece orchestra and a choir of 80, will be live and in sync with this extraordinary film.

We were given an exclusive sneak peak into the dress rehearsal ahead of its world premiere.

Composer Nicolas Buc explains the importance behind performing this piece.

Nicolas Buc, Composer: “In the case of John Williams and specifically Close Encounters it’s a real ground breaking score and its a real fascinating way of seeing, especially from an audience perspective, how music marries to the moving image.”

For the first time, a hidden treasure will be revealed during the performance.

John Williams wrote about eight minutes of score that never appeared in the original feature, but with the permissions from Williams and Spielberg, the music will be restored and played in conjunction with the film.

Bringing together cinema, science and live music, producer, Steve Linder explains the collaboration behind bringing this film to the Science Festival.

Steve Linder, producer: “It was an idea to bring this here to premiere as part of the festival and I said sure, what a great idea.”

Almost forty years later, the film is attracting a new generation of fans.

Leia Comegna, QUT News.