The winners for outstanding achievements in music for feature films, documentaries, short films, children’s television, advertising, film and television soundtrack albums have been announced at the 2019 Screen Music Awards at the Forum, Melbourne.
The Feature Film Score of the Year has been awarded to co-composers Dan Luscombe and Antony Partos for their work on the science fiction thriller I Am Mother.
Antony Partos has also received the honour of Best Television Theme for his work on Bloom, a Stan original drama series about life in an idyllic country town a year after a devastating flood kills five locals. Partos’ third Screen Music award for 2019 is shared with co-composer Jackson Milas in the category of Best Music for a Television Series or Serial for Bloom.
Every Day My Mother’s Voice, Paul Kelly’s tribute to the strong relationship between Adam Goodes and his mother, has been named the Best Original Song Composed for the Screen.
First time nominee Piers Burbrook de Vere has now become a first time Screen Music Awards winner. His work on the zombie comedy feature film Little Monsters has taken out the Best Soundtrack Album category for 2019.
Staking a claim as one of Australia’s most prolific and respected screen composers is David Bridie, who takes out Best Music for a Documentary for Australia’s Lost Impressionist, the story behind the only Australian artist at the centre of the Impressionist movement in France.
Genre breaking composer Michael Yezerski has received the award for Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie for his work on the SBS crime drama Dead Lucky.
Canberra based jazz pianist, producer and composer Michael Dooley has won the award for Best Music for Children’s Television for The Pilgrims Progress, a children’s animated movie based on a 1678 Christian allegory.
Longtime creative collaborators Adam Gock and Dinesh Wicks have been jointly named the Most Performed Screen Composer – Australia and for the 12th consecutive year, Neil Sutherland remains the Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas. His significant body of work, which includes MythBusters, Dancing with the Stars and Border Security, is heard around the globe. This award takes his overall tally of Screen Music Awards to 14, making him the most awarded Australian Screen Music composer.
The 2019 Screen Music Awards were held at Forum Melbourne and hosted by the ever-delightful Justine Clarke. Special guest presenters on the night were actors Susan Prior, Amali Golden, Mark Coles Smith and Damon Herriman along with screen composer Burkhard Dallwitz.
Performing Paul Kelly’s award-winning song Every Day My Mother’s Voice was Ashley Naylor (from Paul Kelly’s band) and Jessica Hitchcock, the Melbourne-based singer-songwriter who has recently released her highly-anticipated LP, Bloodline.
Musical director Jessica Wells led an orchestra that performed each of the nominated Feature Film Score of the Year compositions.
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 Paul Kelly
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Best Soundtrack Album
Composed by Piers Burbrook de Vere
Best Music for a Documentary
Australia’s Lost Impressionist by David Bridie
Best Television Theme
Composed by Published by Antony Partos/Sonar Music
Best Music for a Television Series or Serial
Composed by Published by Jackson Milas and Antony Partos 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 Pilgrims Progress
Composed by Michael Dooley
Best Music for an Advertisement
Composed by Published by Adrian Sergovich/Song Zu Publishing
Most Performed Screen Composer – Australia
Composers Adam Gock and Dinesh Wicks
Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas
Composer Neil Sutherland