Screen Music Awards 2018: nominees

Glitch, Mystery Road, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Wake in Fright and The Justine Clarke Show are amongst nominees in the 2018 Screen Music Awards.

AGSC President Caitlin Yeo said, “The Screen Music Awards are a highlight for our screen composers every year. While it is most certainly a celebration of our craft it is also an opportunity to gather together, debrief and learn from each other. This is now more important than ever. In our rapidly changing globalised industry, with tighter schedules and shrinking resources, the challenges we face in producing world-class scores are immense. If our industry is to survive and thrive then it will be, in part, through shared experiences such as these and by supporting and celebrating each other. Congratulations to all the nominees and I hope to see you there on the night!”

The winners will be announced at a gala event in Sydney at the City Recital Hall on Monday 19 November. Musical Director Jessica Wells will lead a live orchestra that will perform a selection of nominated compositions and Denise Scott will host.

Best Television Theme
Composed by Matteo Zingales
Published by Sonar Music
Lawless – The Real Bushrangers
Composed by Rafael May
Composed by Joff Bush
The Stargazer’s Guide to the Cosmos
Composed by Sean Tinnion

Best Music for a Television Series or Serial
Doctor Blake Mysteries
Composed by Dale Cornelius
Published by Native Tongue Music Publishing
Composed by Cornel Wilczek
Composed by Matteo Zingales
Published by Sonar Music
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
The House with Annabel Crabb
Composed by Caitlin Yeo
Published by ABC Music Publishing
UnderBelly Files: Chopper
Composed by Burkhard Dallwitz
Wake In Fright
Composed by Antony Partos and Matteo Zingales
Published by Sonar Music

Best Original Song Composed for the Screen
Everywhere’s A Dance Floor from The Justine Clarke Show
Composed by Justine Clarke* and Sean Peter
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing*
Grace Beside Me
Composed by Amanda Brown* and Emily Wurramara
Published by Kobalt Music Publishing obo Lillipilli IP* and Mushroom Music
Now I Know from Pulse
Composed by Oscar Joe Gross
Published by ABC Music Publishing
Prison Bound from Brothers’ Nest
Composed by Richard Pleasance and Jojo Rainwater
Published by Kobalt Music Publishing obo Lillipilli IP

Best Music for Children’s Television
Guess How Much I Love You: Christmas to the Moon and Back
Composed by Ryan Grogan
Published by SLR Productions
Jar Dwellers SOS!
Composed by David Cheshire
The Deep: The Missing
Composed by Nerida Tyson-Chew
The Wild Adventures of Blinky Bill: The Budgie Smuggler
Composed by Russell Thornton
Published by Red Music Publishing

Most Performed Screen Composer – Australia*
Composers Adam Gock and Dinesh Wicks
Composer Jay Stewart
Composer Mitch Stewart
Composer Neil Sutherland

Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas*
Composer Alastair Ford
Composers Garry McDonald and Lawrence Stone
Composer Jed Kurzel
Composer Neil Sutherland

*Determined by statistical analysis


  1. This article makes me think of the show Weeds as its title music was a different rendition of the song ‘Little Boxes’ at the beginning of each episode, the use of different styles of music for shows is now common place, especially on pay TV, where shows like Sharp Objects and Get Shorty, Power, have different original music at the end of each episode, and lets not forget the satirical show Silicon Valley, all great fun. It seems that music albums for TV shows need to receive an award too.

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