2017 Screen Music Awards winners announced

Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017

From Australian movies Jasper Jones and Don’t Tell to international productions Alien: Covenant and The Get Down, some of the small and large screens’ most compelling stories of the past year have been set to a musical backdrop created by some of Australia’s finest screen composers.

These screen composers were tonight honoured as winners in front of their peers at the 2017 Screen Music Awards at the Recital Centre in Melbourne. Staged jointly by APRA AMCOS and the AGSC (Australian Guild of Screen Composers), the event paid tribute to composers across 12 categories who impressed a panel of judges with their work in the previous year.

Screen composer Antony Partos (Animal Kingdom, The Rover, Redfern Now) has taken out the Feature Film Score of the Year award for his original score for the Australian feature film Jasper Jones. Antony is the winner in this category for the second consecutive year, following on from last year’s honour for 99 Homes.

Missy Higgins has won her first ever Screen Music Award for Best Original Song Composed for the Screen. She is recognised for her emotional song Torchlight from Don’t Tell, a story based on true events and the 2001 legal case that changed how Australia handles child abuse claims.

Fox League Super Saturday has been named Best Television Theme. A powerful track composed by Briggs, Justin Shave and Charlton Hill, Briggs said, “I created this track as the theme for the FOX LEAGUE channel – the song reflects the journey of the Indigenous players – who give so much excitement and leadership to the sport and community week in and week out, not just the specific Indigenous round.”

Jed Kurzel’s unsettling and affecting score for Alien: Covenant has taken out the award for Best Soundtrack Album, while the award for Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie has gone to Bryony Marks for Barracuda, the four-part ABC television series based on the provocative novel by acclaimed writer Christos Tsiolkas.

His work on Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down has earned Elliott Wheeler the award for Best Music for a Television Series or Serial. Wheeler previously teamed up with Luhrmann on the director’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

Screen composer Ash Gibson Greig has received the award for Best Music for a Documentary for Whiteley, a visual journey into the life and legacy of one of Australia's most celebrated artists, Brett Whiteley.

Composer Me-Lee Hay has won Best Music for a Short Film for Last Tree Standing, a dark fairy tale set against a dystopian backdrop that follows the story of a young girl named Lexie, who befriends a magical half man, half tree creature.

Bottersnikes & Gumbles: The Ugly Pageant has been named the Best Music for Children’s Television, composed by first time screen music winner Michael Szumowski. Co-composers Lindsay Jehan and Nathan Cavaleri have scored the award for Best Music for an Advertisement for Good Mood Water: The Bad Choice.

The award for Most Performed Screen Composer – Australia has gone to co-composers Adam Gock and Dinesh Wicks. And for the tenth consecutive year, composer Neil Sutherland was named Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas, taking his overall tally of Screen Music Awards to an unmatched 12.

The 2017 Screen Music Awards were hosted by comedienne extraordinaire Denise Scott and featured presenters Burkhard Dallwitz, Elisa Argenzio, Rob Collins, Jenni Tosi, Martin Foley MP, Daina Reid and Margaret Pomeranz. APRA AMCOS Chief Executive Brett Cottle presented composer Martin Armiger with the inaugural Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen Award.

The evening featured a special performance of Torchlight by Missy Higgins and her brother David Higgins. Performing the winning television theme was rapper Briggs, who was joined by singer Caiti Baker and fellow winner Justin Shave. Operatic mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Dark and dual Helpmann Award-winning tenor James Egglestone performed and Jessica Wells made her debut as Musical Director, leading an orchestra that provided beautiful renditions of some of the nominated works throughout the ceremony.

2017 SCREEN MUSIC AWARD WINNERS

Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen Award
Martin Armiger

Feature Film Score of the Year
Title                             Jasper Jones
Composed by             Antony Partos 

Best Music for a Television Series or Serial
Title                             The Get Down
Composed by              Elliott Wheeler
Published by                Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Aust) obo Twenty Fifteen Avenue Music

Best Television Theme
Title                             Fox League Super Saturday 
Composed by               Briggs, Justin Shave and Charlton Hill
Published by                Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Aust)/Uncanny Valley

Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie
Title                             Barracuda
Composed by              Bryony Marks
Published by                Kobalt Music Publishing (Aust) obo Lillipilli IP

Best Original Song Composed for the Screen
Title                             Torchlight from Don’t Tell
Composed by               Missy Higgins

Best Music for a Documentary
Title                             Whiteley
Composed by               Ash Gibson Greig      

Best Music for a Short Film
Title                             Last Tree Standing
Composed by              Me-Lee Hay

Best Soundtrack Album
Title                             Alien: Covenant
Composed by              Jed Kurzel 
Published by                Sony/ATV/FOX Music obo TCF Music Publishing

Best Music for Children’s Television
Title                             Bottersnikes & Gumbles: The Ugly Pageant
Composed by              Michael Szumowski
Published by                BMG AM and Cheeky Little Media

Best Music for an Advertisement
Title                             Good Mood Water: The Bad Choice
Composed by              Lindsay Jehan and Nathan Cavaleri
Published by                Song Zu Publishing

Most Performed Screen Composer – Australia
Composer                     Adam Gock and Dinesh Wicks

Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas
Composer                     Neil Sutherland


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