All the winners from 2018 Screen Music Awards

• TV winners include Harrow, Mystery Road and Picnic At Hanging Rock

The Australian screen music and film sector last night gathered for the annual Screen Music Awards to celebrate the composers that made an impact in the previous year. The event, staged jointly by APRA AMCOS and the AGSC (Australian Guild of Screen Composers), was held at the City Recital Hall in Sydney and paid tribute to screen composers across 12 categories who impressed an independent panel of judges with their work across TV, online, film and advertising.

Through the magic of television, Denise Scott was hosting the awards show while also appearing in the final episode of Have You Been Paying Attention? on Network 10.

Screen composer Caitlin Yeo has taken out the Feature Film Score of the Year for her original score for The Butterfly Tree.

Caitlin Yeo

The film’s soundtrack has earned Yeo a second Screen Music Award in the category of Best Soundtrack Album. She has previously won Feature Film Score of the Year for The Rocket in 2013. It was a special evening for Yeo, who also attended in her capacity as President of the AGSC.

Matteo Zingales also received two Screen Music Awards – the first for Harrow, in the category of Best Television Theme. The second was for his collaboration with fellow screen composer Antony Partos. Together they have scored the award for Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie for the acclaimed ABC television series Mystery Road.

Celebrated film and television screen composer Nerida Tyson-Chew won a gong in the category of Best Music for Children’s Television for her work on children’s animated television series The Deep (for the episode The Missing).

Father and son composers Cezary and Jan Skubiszewski, who teamed up to create the music for the Picnic at Hanging Rock reboot, have taken out the award for Best Music for a Television Series or Serial. This is the second time the duo has won an award in this category, winning in 2014 for Serangoon Road.

Cezary and Jan Skubiszewski

Producer and director Robert Connolly, this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Services to Australian Screen Award, was presented with his honour by composer Nigel Westlake, who composed the original score for Paper Planes. “You would be hard pressed to find another individual who has given voice to the artistry of so many Australian composers, a man who has nurtured our community and provided the resources for our local talent to shine and realise their craft so thoroughly and with absolute integrity. The opportunity to work with Rob on Paper Planes was a highlight of my career. He is a filmmaker of the utmost integrity, a storyteller of immense facility, and has always believed in the power of cinema as a force for good,” said Westlake.

Nigel Westlake and Robert Connolly

2018 Screen Music Award winners

Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen Award
Robert Connolly

Feature Film Score of the Year
The Butterfly Tree Composed by Caitlin Yeo

Best Television Theme
Harrow Composed by Matteo Zingales, Published by Sonar Music

Best Music for a Television Series or Serial
Picnic at Hanging Rock Composed by Cezary Skubiszewski and Jan Skubiszewski

Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie
Mystery Road Composed by Antony Partos and Matteo Zingales, Published by Sonar Music

Best Music for a Documentary
A Stargazer’s Guide to the Cosmos Composed by Sean Tinnion

Best Music for a Short Film
Lost and Found Composed by Adrian Sergovich

Best Soundtrack Album
The Butterfly Tree Composed by Caitlin Yeo

Best Original Song Composed for the Screen
Now I Know from Pulse Composed by Oscar Joe Gross, Published by ABC Music Publishing

Best Music for Children’s Television
The Deep: The Missing Composed by Nerida Tyson-Chew

Best Music for an Advertisement
Forty Winks Composed by Jackson Milas. Published by Sonar Music

Most Performed Screen Composer – Australia
Composers Dinesh Wicks and Adam Gock

Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas
Composer Neil Sutherland

Top Photo: Neil Sutherland

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