2018 Screen Music Nominations announced

Thursday, 18 Oct 2018

Spotlight shines on Australian screen composers

Australia’s screen music composers are today on display as the nominees for the 2018 Screen Music Awards are announced. The Awards, staged jointly by APRA AMCOS and the AGSC, celebrate achievements in music composition for documentaries, short films, children’s television, advertising, film and television soundtrack albums, as well as feature films.

The musical partnership of Antony Partos and Matteo Zingales has earned them four nominations together for screen compositions spanning across the categories of Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie (Wake in Fright and Mystery Road), and for Feature Film Score of the Year and Best Soundtrack Album for the Ramin Bahrani directed HBO film Fahrenheit 451.

The prolific Matteo Zingales leads the pack with six nominations overall, while Antony Partos has received five nods in total. Composer Caitlin Yeo follows closely behind with four nominations for her work on The House with Annabel Crabb (Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie), in the Best Music for a Short Film category for Barbara and in the Best Soundtrack Album and Feature Film Score of the Year categories for the coming-of-age tale The Butterfly Tree.

Also represented in the Feature Film Score of the Year category is veteran composer Christopher Gordon for the Bruce Beresford directed Ladies in Black. Rounding out this category is composer and dual nominee Richard Pleasance for Brothers’ Nest, the dark comedy starring Shane Jacobson, Clayton Jacobson and Kim Gyngell. Other multiple nominees are Dale Cornelius, Rafael May and first-time Screen Music nominee composer Sean Tinnion.

First-time nominees include Justine Clarke, Emily Wurramara, Jackson Milas, Ben Lam, Oscar Joe Gross and Jojo Rainwater.

AGSC President Caitlin Yeo said, "The Screen Music Awards are a highlight for our screen composers every year. While it is most certainly a celebration of our craft it is also an opportunity to gather together, debrief and learn from each other. This is now more important than ever. In our rapidly changing globalised industry, with tighter schedules and shrinking resources, the challenges we face in producing world-class scores are immense. If our industry is to survive and thrive then it will be, in part, through shared experiences such as these and by supporting and celebrating each other. Congratulations to all the nominees and I hope to see you there on the night!”  

An independent panel of highly respected Australian film and television composers have decided the nominees across 10 of the award categories. Nominees for Most Performed Screen Composer – Australia and Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas have been determined by analysis of performance activity. The recipient of the Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen Award (as determined by APRA Board of Directors) will be announced soon.

The winners of the 2018 Screen Music Awards will be announced at a gala event in Sydney at the City Recital Hall on Monday 19 November. Musical Director Jessica Wells will lead a live orchestra that will perform a selection of nominated compositions and Ms Denise Scott will host the ceremony.

NOMINEES 2018 SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS

Feature Film Score of the Year

Title: Brother's Nest
Composed by: Richard Pleasance
Published by: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Lillipilli IP

Title: Fahrenheit 451
Composed by: Matteo Zingales and Antony Partos
Published by: Universal/MCA Music Publishing obo T-L Music Publishing

Title: Ladies in Black
Composed by: Christopher Gordon
Published by: Sony/ATV Music Publishing obo Twenty Fifteen Avenue Music

Title: The Butterfly Tree
Composed by: Caitlin Yeo

Best Television Theme

Title: Harrow
Composed by: Matteo Zingales
Published by: Sonar Music

Title: Lawless – The Real Bushrangers
Composed by: Rafael May

Title: Oddlands
Composed by: Joff Bush

Title: The Stargazer’s Guide to the Cosmos
Composed by: Sean Tinnion

Best Music for a Television Series or Serial

Title: Doctor Blake Mysteries 
Composed: Dale Cornelius
Published by: Native Tongue Publishing Music

Title: Glitch
Composed by: Cornel Wilczek

Title: Harrow
Composed by: Matteo Zingales
Published by: Sonar Music

Title: Picnic at Hanging Rock
Composed by: Cezary Skubiszewski & Jan Skubiszewski
Published by: BMG Rights Management obo Fremantle Media

Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie

Title: Mystery Road
Composed by: Antony Partos and Matteo Zingales
Published by: Sonar Music

Title: The House with Annabel Crabb
Composed by: Caitlin Yeo
Published by: ABC Music Publishing

Title: UnderBelly Files: Chopper
Composed by: Burkhard Dallwitz

Title: Wake In Fright
Composed by: Antony Partos and Matteo Zingales
Published by: Sonar Music

Best Music for a Documentary

Title: My Mother's Lost Children
Composed by: Dale Cornelius
Published by: Native Tongue Music Publishing

Title: The Director and the Jedi
Composed by: Antony Partos
Published by: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Disney Music and Wampa Tauntaun Music

Title: The Stargazer’s Guide to the Cosmos
Composed by: Sean Tinnion

Title: The Story of Earth 
Composed by: Dale Cornelius
Published by: Native Tongue Music Publishing

Best Music for a Short Film

Title: Abandon Tryptich
Composed by: Kyls Burtland

Title: Barbara
Composed by: Caitlin Yeo

Title: Lost and Found
Composed by: Adrian Sergovich

Title: The Passion Films: Alice
Composed by: Basil Hogios

Best Soundtrack Album

Title: Every Day
Composed by: Elliott Wheeler

Title: Fahrenheit 451
Composed by: Antony Partos and Matteo Zingales
Published by: Universal/MCA Music Publishing obo T-L Music Publishing

Title: Ghosthunter
Composed by: Rafael May

Title: The Butterfly Tree
Composed by: Caitlin Yeo

Best Original Song Composed for the Screen

Title: Everywhere’s A Dance Floor from The Justine Clarke Show
Composed by: Justine Clarke* and Sean Peter
Published by: Sony/ATV Music Publishing*

Title: Grace Beside Me
Composed by: Amanda Brown* and Emily Wurramara
Published by: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Lillipilli IP* and Mushroom Music

Title: Now I Know from Pulse
Composed by: Oscar Joe Gross
Published by: ABC Music Publishing

Title: Prison Bound from Brothers’ Nest
Composed by: Richard Pleasance and Jojo Rainwater
Published by: Kobalt Music Publishing obo Lillipilli IP

Best Music for Children’s Television

Title: Guess How Much I Love You: Christmas to the Moon and Back
Composed by: Ryan Grogan
Published by: SLR Productions

Title: Jar Dwellers SOS!
Composed by: David Cheshire

Title: The Deep: The Missing
Composed by: Nerida Tyson-Chew
Published by: A Stark Production

Title: The Wild Adventures of Blinky Bill: The Budgie Smuggler 
Composed by: Russell Thornton
Published by: Red Music Publishing

Best Music for an Advertisement

Title: Forty Winks
Composed by: Jackson Milas
Published by: Sonar Music

Title: Singapore Airlines: The Briefcase
Composed by: Scott Langley

Title: Tiger Beer: Chinese New Year
Composed by: Ben Lam

Title: Tourism Tasmania: Go Behind the Scenery XI
Composed by: Nicholas West, Daniel Higson and Antony Smith
Published: Smith & Western Studios 

Most Performed Screen Composer – Australia*

 Composers: Adam Gock and Dinesh Wicks

Composer: Jay Stewart

Composer: Mitch Stewart

Composer: Neil Sutherland

Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas*

Composer: Alastair Ford

Composer: Garry McDonald and Lawrence Stone

Composer: Jed Kurzel

Composer: Neil Sutherland

*Determined by statistical analysis Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen Award (as determined by APRA AMCOS Board of Directors)


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