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2017 Screen Music Awards winners revealed

Comedian Denise Scott was the MC for the awards night, which took place in Melbourne

The 2017 Screen Music Awards took place last night (Monday, 13 November 2017) at the Recital Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Staged jointly by APRA AMCOS and the AGSC (Australian Guild of Screen Composers), the event paid tribute to composers across 12 categories.

The 2017 Screen Music Awards were hosted by comedian Denise Scott and featured presenters Burkhard Dallwitz, Elisa Argenzio, Rob Collins, Jenni Tosi, Martin Foley MP, Daina Reid and Margaret Pomeranz. APRA AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle presented composer Martin Armiger with the inaugural Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen Award.

The evening featured performances from Missy Higgins and her brother David Higgins, rapper Briggs, singers Caiti Baker and Justin Shave, as well as opera singers Jacqueline Dark and James Egglestone.

Martin Armiger was presented with the Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen Award by APRA AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle

Screen composer Antony Partos (Animal Kingdom, The Rover, Redfern Now) took out the Feature Film Score of the Year award for his original score for the Australian feature film Jasper Jones.

Missy Higgins won her first ever Screen Music Award for Best Original Song Composed for the Screen. She was recognised for the song “Torchlight” from Don’t Tell, a story based on true events and the 2001 legal case that changed how Australia handles child abuse claims.

Fox League Super Saturday received an award for Best Television Theme. The track is composed by Briggs, Justin Shave and Charlton Hill.

Charlton HIll, Caiti Baker, Briggs and Justin Shave

Jed Kurzel’s score for Alien: Covenant took out the award for Best Soundtrack Album, while the award for Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie went to Bryony Marks for Barracuda, the four-part ABC television series based on the novel by acclaimed writer Christos Tsiolkas.

His work on Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down earned Elliott Wheeler the award for Best Music for a Television Series or Serial.

Screen composer Ash Gibson Greig received the award for Best Music for a Documentary for Whiteley, a visual journey into the life and legacy of one of Australian artist Brett Whiteley.

Composer Me-Lee Hay has won the Best Music for a Short Film category for Last Tree Standing. This is the second consecutive year that she has won this award.

Bottersnikes & Gumbles: The Ugly Pageant was named the Best Music for Children’s Television.

The award for Most Performed Screen Composer – Australia has gone to co-composers Adam Gock and Dinesh Wicks. For the 10th consecutive year, composer Neil Sutherland was named Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas. This takes his overall tally of Screen Music Awards to an unmatched 12.

2017 SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS

Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen Award

Martin Armiger

Feature Film Score of the Year

Title Jasper Jones

Composed by Antony Partos

Best Music for a Television Series or Serial

Title The Get Down

Composed by Elliott Wheeler

Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie

Title Barracuda

Composed by Bryony Marks

Published by Kobalt Music Publishing obo Lillipilli IP

Best Television Theme

Title Fox League Super Saturday

Composed by Briggs, Justin Shave and Charlton Hill

Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Best Original Song Composed for the Screen

Title Torchlight from Don’t Tell

Composed by Missy Higgins

Best Music for a Documentary

Title Whiteley

Composed by Ash Gibson Greig

Best Music for a Short Film

Title Last Tree Standing

Composed by Me-Lee Hay

Best Soundtrack Album

Title Alien: Covenant

Composed by Jed Kurzel

Published by Sony/ATV/FOX Music

Best Music for Children’s Television

Title Bottersnikes & Gumbles: The Ugly Pageant

Composed by Michael Szumowski

Published by BMG AM and Cheeky Little Media

Best Music for an Advertisement

Title Good Mood Water: The Bad Choice

Composed by Lindsay Jehan and Nathan Cavaleri

Published by Song Zu Publishing

Most Performed Screen Composer – Australia

Composers Adam Gock and Dinesh Wicks

Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas

Composer Neil Sutherland

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