Sarah Blasko, Jed Kurzel, Briggs and more nominated for the 2017 APRA Screen Music Awards

Nominees for the 2017 Screen Music Awards have been announced by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers, and will be recognised at the official ceremony being held at Melbourne Recital Centre on Sunday Monday 13 November.

The awards celebrate the achievements in music composition for documentaries, short films, children’s television, advertising, film and television soundtrack albums, as well as feature film.

Playing host is comedienne, actor and writer Denise Scott, and joining her is first time Musical Director Jessica Wells, who will lead orchestral performances of excerpts of nominated compositions.

In the running are  well-known contemporary musicians including Missy Higgins, Sarah Blasko, Jed Kurzel, Briggs, Daniel Johns, Josh Abrahams, Dustin Tebbutt, Charlton Hill, Nathan Cavaleri, Kit Warhurst and Roger Mason. Alongside, are renowned screen composers including Lisa Gerrard, Cezary Skubiszewski, Antony Partos, Nerida Tyson-Chew and Matteo Zingales.

Receiving multiple nods are Kurzel, Partos and Elliott Wheeler who lead with three apiece.  Bryony Marks, Skubiszewski, Tyson-Chew, Ash Gibson Greig, Jonathan Bush, Charlton Hill, Justin Shave and composers Jay Stewart and Neil Sutherland each have two nominations. Blasko, as well as co-composers Adam Gock and Dinesh Wicks are also recognised twice.

The nominated compositions appeared in screen offerings from Seven Types of Ambiguity, Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down, Barracuda and Shaun Micallef’s Stairway to Heaven, to High Life and Australian Survivor and feature films Jasper Jones and Alien: Covenant.

Here is the full run down on nominations:

Feature Film Score of the Year

Title: 2:22
Composed by: James Orr and Lisa Gerrard
Published by: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Aust)

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

Title: Berlin Syndrome
Composed by: Bryony Marks
Published by: Kobalt Music Publishing (Aust) obo Lillipilli IP

Title: Jasper Jones
Composed by: Antony Partos

Best Television Theme

Title: Fox League Super Saturday
Composed by: Briggs, Charlton Hill and Justin Shave
Published by: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Aust)

Title: High Life
Composed by: Sarah Blasko
Published by: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Aust)

Title: Rosehaven
Composed by: Kit Warhurst
Published by: Mushroom Music

Title: Skinford
Composed by: Michael Lira

Best Music for a Television Series or Serial

Title: Australian Survivor
Composed by: David Barber, Jonathan Bush, Helena Czajka, Charlton Hill and Justin Shave
Published by: Shine Australia

Title: Seven Types of Ambiguity
Composed by: Stephen Rae and Jonathan Wilson

Title: The Code
Composed by: Roger Mason

Title: The Get Down
Composed by: Elliott Wheeler
Published by: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Aust) obo Twenty Fifteen Avenue Music


Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie

Title: Barracuda
Composed by: Bryony Marks
Published by: Kobalt Music Publishing (Aust) obo Lillipilli IP

Title: High Life
Composed by: Sarah Blasko
Published by: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Aust)

Title: Shaun Micallef’s Stairway to Heaven
Composed by: Ash Gibson Greig

Best Music for an Advertisement

Title: Good Mood Water: The Bad Choice
Composed by: Lindsay Jehan and Nathan Cavaleri
Published by: Song Zu Publishing

Title: Hennessy: Classivm
Composed by: Josh Abrahams and Davide Carbone

Title: Swisse: Power Your Passion
Composed by: Matteo Zingales
Published by: Sonar Music

Title: Volkswagen: Tiguan 2017
Composed by: Elliott Wheeler


Best Music for a Documentary

Title: Deep Water: The Real Story
Composed by: Antony Partos
Published by: Sonar Music

Title: Monsieur Mayonnaise
Composed by: Cezary Skubiszewski
Published by: Origin Music Publishing

Title: Mother With A Gun
Composed by: Dale Cornelius
Published by: Native Tongue Music Publishing

Title: Whiteley
Composed by: Ash Gibson Greig

Best Music for a Short Film

Title: Face
Composed by: Jonathan Bush

Title: Last Tree Standing
Composed by: Me-Lee Hay

Title: Red
Composed by: Tom Schutzinger

Title: Sarah Chong Is Going To Kill Herself
Composed by: Aaron Kenny

Best Soundtrack Album

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

Title: Assassin’s Creed
Composed by: Jed Kurzel
Published by: Sony/ATV/NEW Regency obo New Regency Music

Title: Jasper Jones
Composed by: Antony Partos

Title: Monsieur Mayonnaise
Composed by: Deborah Morgan and Cezary Skubiszewski
Published by: Origin Music Publishing

Best Original Song Composed for the Screen

Title: Atlas in Your Eye from Jasper Jones
Composed by: Dustin Tebutt

Title: Power from The Get Down
Composed by: Baz Luhrmann*, Donna Missal, Homer Steinweiss* and Elliott Wheeler*
Published by: Kobalt Music Publishing (Aust), Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Aust) obo Twenty Fifteen Avenue Music and Twenty Fifteen Boulevard Music*

Title: Torchlight from Don’t Tell
Composed by: Missy Higgins

Title: Visible from The Pretend One
Composed by: Hayden Calnin
Published by: Gaga Music

Best Music for Children’s Television

Title: Beat Bugs: When I’m 64
Composed by: Daniel Denholm and Daniel Johns
Published by: Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Aust)

Title: Bottersnikes & Gumbles: The Ugly Pageant
Composed by: Michael Szumowski
Published by: BMG AM and Cheeky Little Media

Title: Kazoops: Middle of Somewhere
Composed by: Scott Langley
Published by: Kobalt Music Publishing (Aust) obo Cheeky Little Media

Title: The Deep: Tartaruga
Composed by: Nerida Tyson-Chew
Published by: Red Music Publishing


Most Performed Screen Composer – Australia

Composers: Adam Gock and Dinesh Wicks
Composer: Damian De Boos Smith
Composer: Jay Stewart
Composer: Neil Sutherland

Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas

Composers: Adam Gock and Dinesh Wicks
Composer: Jay Stewart
Composer: Neil Sutherland
Composer: Nerida Tyson-Chew