2011 Screen Music Awards - Winners Announced!

Monday, 14 November 2011

Beating out a strong field, the visceral score composed for the gritty, unsettling film Snowtown has taken out the prestigious category of FEATURE FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR at the 2011 SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS held tonight at the City Recital Hall in Sydney. Composed by musician and songwriter JED KURZEL of Sydney band The Mess Hall, it's the debut feature film composition by Kurzel who closely collaborated with brother and film director Justin Kurzel on the film based on the crimes of Australia's most notorious serial killer, John Bunting.

Winning two awards at the 2011 SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS is screen composer MILES NICHOLAS. He has been acknowledged in the category BEST ORIGINAL SONG COMPOSED FOR THE SCREEN for Dream On from The Missing Key, a short animated film that has been described as "a tour de force of animation, music and sound". Miles' score veers from luscious orchestral pieces to lustrous, chamber-pop torch songs all the way down to uncanny imitations of 1920's jazz, bluegrass and pop 78rpm records. MILES NICHOLAS is also recognised for his collaboration with KATHRYN BROWNHILL and The Missing Key director JONATHAN NIX in the category of BEST MUSIC FOR A SHORT FILM for The Missing Key.

The collaboration of multi Screen Music Award winner MICHAEL LIRA, DAVID MCCORMACK and ANTONY PARTOS of Sonar Music has proven to be a winner with the trio taking out the category of BEST MUSIC FOR A TELEVISION SERIES OR SERIAL for their work on the ABC series Rake starring Richard Roxburgh. This is the first SCREEN MUSIC AWARD for Custard frontman, David McCormack. Antony Partos most recently composed music for ABC drama series Crownies and the screen adaptation of The Slap.

RAFAEL MAY has won the award in the category of BEST SOUNDTRACK ALBUM for Road Train: Road Kill Soundtrack. The film, which was released in 2009 starred Sophie Lowe and Xavier Samuel and Rafael May's score has been described as "a tremendous score….with atonal screeches, chunky seventies riffing and some very well chosen songs." A collaboration with Sophie Lowe, 'A Runner' was a finalist in the 2010 Screen Music Awards for best song for the screen.

Sydney based composer ELLIOTT WHEELER has taken out the SCREEN MUSIC AWARD in the category of BEST MUSIC FOR AN ADVERTISEMENT for the 2nd year in a row, in 2011 for VW Passat: Change Rooms. Classically trained, Elliott has worked continuously as a screen composer, providing hundreds of scores for film, documentary, drama, theatre and advertising. This is Elliott Wheeler's fourth Screen Music Award in this category.

The winner in the category of BEST MUSIC FOR A DOCUMENTARY is Sydney composer MATTEO ZINGALES for his work on the feature length documentary Lachlan Macquarie: Father of Australia. An AFTRS graduate, Matteo has worked across a wide spectrum of original music scores with a special focus on television, film and new media and his experience includes scores for the award-winning films Unfinished Sky (co-composer) and Broken Sun. He is currently the composer for the Seven Network's Winners and Losers and also works with Sonar Music team.

Prolific Brisbane based composed CHRISTOPHER ELVES has received the SCREEN MUSIC AWARD in the category of BEST MUSIC FOR CHILDREN'S TELEVISION for K9: Eclipse of the Korven. From classical piano recitalist to hit rock musician to multi-award winning screen composer – Christopher's prolific career covers an eclectic range of music and sound design which is in constant use around the world on radio, TV and at the movies. His score for K9, a spin off from the highly successful 'Doctor Who' franchise, sees Christopher Elves win his 6th Screen Music Award.

Composer of the BEST TELEVISION THEME for 2011 is HAYDN WALKER with Scariacs a series of short, scary movies. He represented Australia in the highly prestigious Paris International Rostrum of Composers and has been a contributor composing, arranging and/or performing with various artists including Inga Liljestrom, Grinspoon, Darren Hayes and The Potbelleez. Haydn is currently a composer and Creative Director at Song Zu Studios.

Multiple SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS' winner BURKHARD DALLWITZ has done it again, this year in the category of BEST MUSIC FOR A MINI-SERIES OR TELEMOVIE for Underbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer Was Here. This highly accomplished screen composer has been behind the music scores Caterpillar Wish, The Truman Show and The Way Back. Burkhard Dallwitz' wonderful scores for the acclaimed Underbelly series have seen him win four Screen Music Awards since 2008.

The MOST PERFORMED SCREEN COMPOSER – AUSTRALIA* is the collaboration of screen composers ADAM GOCK and DINESH WICKS. In May 2006, Adam Gock & Dinesh Wicks established The D.A.'s Office, a music & sound design company for film, television, radio & television commercials. Recent productions include Masterchef (Worldwide), Junior Masterchef, The Apprentice Australia,The Renovators, Sea Patrol, Ten News, Compass (Theme), as well as commercials for Qantas, Virgin, Instyle Magazine, Hyundai, Optus & many more.

NEIL SUTHERLAND has been named the MOST PERFORMED SCREEN COMPOSER – OVERSEAS*. Neil has created some of Australia's most memorable themes and these music scores have played a vital role in many popular shows, both in Australia and abroad including Keeping up with The Joneses, Colour of War – The ANZACS, Border Security and Mythbusters – a worldwide success story which keeps getting bigger.

APRA and the AGSC would like to congratulate all the winners of the 2011 SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS.

The 2011 SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS featured host NONI HAZLEHURST and special guest presenters DON HANY, CLAUDIA KARVAN, JAY LAGA'AIA, SIGRID THORNTON, STEVE BISLEY, DAMON GAMEAU, AMANDA BROWN, NELSON WOSS, RICHARD BRANCATISANO and BRENDAN MOAR with performances by SARAH BLASKO and CHRISTA HUGHES & PAUL CAPSIS. Musical director and composer CEZARY SKUBISZEWSKI conducted a live orchestra.

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