Nerida Tyson-Chew to receive the Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen award

Wednesday, 18 Nov 2020

The APRA Board of Directors is thrilled to announce that world-class composer Nerida Tyson-Chew will receive the 2020 Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen Award. This honour will be presented to Nerida at the 2020 Screen Music Awards, virtual event that will be streamed online to a global audience on Tuesday 1 December via YouTube Premiere, kicking off at 7:00pm AEDT. 

Known for her collaborative approach and versatility across a range of musical disciplines, Nerida Tyson-Chew’s portfolio spans feature films, television dramas, children's productions as well as numerous documentaries and wildlife films. Some of her diverse credits include the new Australian feature film H is for Happiness, the BAFTA-nominated hit CBBC Canadian/Australian underwater animated adventure series The Deep, TV series Rescue - Special Ops, Warner Bros’ Batman - The Animated Series and The National Geographic Channel Series Taboo. Nerida is a part of screen music history as one of the first female composers scoring on productions in the U.S and joined the elite league of female composers to score a motion picture when she was hired by a major Hollywood studio to score the 2004 blockbuster Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid. Next year will be Nerida’s 35th year as an APRA member and screen composer.

Nerida Tyson-Chew said, "I’m thrilled to bits to receive this prestigious honour from the Board of Directors of APRA AMCOS. Film composers by nature are at our best when no-one ‘hears’ our work but ‘feels’ it. Our bespoke music scores do more than set an atmosphere, establish a sense of a time, and create a sense of place. I’m having an exciting career as a sonic storyteller, creating bespoke film music and working with gifted, skilled craftspeople. For APRA AMCOS to recognise my body of work with this wonderful honour is a momentous experience for me and is also recognition for the talented musicians and masterful engineers that have joined my music team along the way."

Justine Clarke, fresh from hosting the SBS three-part series Australia Come Fly With Me, will be joined on the virtual podium by two of Australia’s finest screen personalities - Claudia Karvan and Meyne Wyatt.  

Logie and AFI award winning actor, producer and series creator Claudia Karvan has achieved outstanding success and critical acclaim through her work in film and television including productions The Secret Life of Us, Love My Way, The Time of Our Lives, Newton’s Law, Jack Irish and Puberty Blues. Claudia also co-created, produced and starred in the Foxtel series Spirited, and this year appeared in Halifax: Retribution.

Artist, actor and writer Meyne Wyatt has starred in television productions Redfern Now, Les Norton, Black Comedy and Mystery Road and feature films The Sapphires and Strangerland.  He has also appeared in theatre productions around the country including his own debut play City of Gold (2019). Most recently, Meyne entered the Archibald Prize and became the first Indigenous Artist to win the Packing Room Prize with his self-portrait, titled 'Meyne.'

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