Antony Partos won the prize for best TV theme for Bloom and shared the awards for best music in a TV series or serial, also for Bloom, and feature film score for I Am Mother at the Screen Music Awards in Melbourne on Wednesday night.
First time nominee Piers Burbrook de Vere is now a first time Screen Music Awards winner as his work on Abe Forsythe’s zombie comedy Little Monsters was named best soundtrack album at the awards hosted by Justine Clarke at the Forum.
The guest presenters were actors Susan Prior, Amali Golden, Mark Coles Smith and Damon Herriman and screen composer Burkhard Dallwitz.
In her welcoming address Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC) president Caitlin Yeo said: “The AGSC is stronger, more unified and more able to advocate for everyone’s interests because of your dedication, hard work, and service.
“This year I have noticed us advocating for each other, sharing our stories and experiences, asking for, and offering each other advice.
“I have felt the barriers breaking down and our collective power strengthening. Guild membership has grown more that 250 per cent over the last two years.
“Now, more than ever, we need our AGSC and APRA. These are the only two organisations who actively lobby for and support Australian screen composers. Joining and taking an interest in these organisations is vital to the sustainability and health of not only your career, but also, the industry at large.”
Yeo also thanked the AGSC’s new executive director Annie Parnell and thanked Jo Smith for her 27 years’ service in that role.
Partos shared the I Am Mother prize with co-composer Dan Luscombe and the TV series or serial gong for Playmaker Media/Stan’s Bloom with Jackson Milas.
Fabian Malabello, Angela Little and Mark Coles Smith.
Every Day My Mother’s Voice, Paul Kelly’s tribute to the strong relationship between Adam Goodes and his mother for Ian Darling’s documentary The Final Quarter was judged as best original song composed for the screen.
David Bridie collected best music for a documentary for Catherine Hunter’s Australia’s Lost Impressionist, the story behind John Russell, the only Australian artist at the centre of the Impressionist movement in France, which screened on the ABC.
Michael Yezerski’s work on Subtext Pictures/SBS’s crime drama Dead Lucky won best music for a miniseries or telemovie.
Angela Little won best short film music for writer-director Rebekah Jackson’s quirky For the Girl in the Coffee Shop.
Canberra-based jazz pianist, producer and composer Michael Dooley received the children’s TV best music award for The Pilgrim’s Progress, a children’s animated movie based on a 1678 Christian allegory.
Longtime collaborators Adam Gock and Dinesh Wicks were jointly named as the most performed screen composer – Australia for the 12th consecutive year.
Neil Sutherland’s reign as most performed screen composer – overseas continues. With 14 awards he is the most honoured Australian screen composer.
Musical director Jessica Wells led an orchestra that performed each of the nominated feature film score compositions as well as music from Universal’s 1914 silent feature Neptune’s Daughter and a musical tribute to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of George Millers’ Mad Max.
Piers Burbrook de Vere.
2019 Screen Music Awards Winners
Feature Film Score of the Year
I Am Mother
Composed by Dan Luscombe and Antony Partos
Best Original Song Composed for the Screen
Every Day My Mother’s Voice from The Final Quarter
Composed by Paul Kelly
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Best Soundtrack Album
Composed by Piers Burbrook de Vere
Best Music for a Documentary
Australia’s Lost Impressionist
Composed by David Bridie
Published by Mushroom Music
Best Television Theme
Composed by Antony Partos
Published by Sonar Music
Best Music for a Television Series or Serial
Composed by Jackson Milas and Antony Partos
Published by Sonar Music
Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie
Composed by Michael Yezerski
Best Music for a Short Film
For the Girl in the Coffee Shop
Composed by Angela Little
Best Music for Children’s Television
The Pilgrim’s Progress
Composed by Michael Dooley
Best Music for an Advertisement
Composed by Adrian Sergovich
Published by Song Zu Publishing
Most Performed Screen Composer – Australia*
Adam Gock and Dinesh Wicks
Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas*
*Determined by statistical analysis