Screen Music Awards 2019: winners

Stan drama Bloom and composer Antony Partos were the big winners last night at the 2019 Screen Music Awards.

Partos won Best Television Theme and Best Music for a Television Series or Serial (with Jackson Milas).

Antony Partos also took out The Feature Film Score of the Year with Dan Luscombe for their science fiction score on I Am Mother.

Justine Clarke hosted the annual APRA AMCOS and the AGSC ceremony at the Forum Melbourne, joined by presenters Susan Prior, Amali Golden, Mark Coles Smith, Damon Herriman and screen composer Burkhard Dallwitz.

Musical Director Jessica Wells led an orchestra which featured music from Neptune’s Daughter, a silent film made in 1914 by Hollywood’s Universal Studio and a tribute to mark the 40-year anniversary of  Mad Max.

For the 12th consecutive year, Neil Sutherland remains the Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas. His body of work includes MythBusters, Dancing with the Stars and Border Security. This award takes his overall tally of Screen Music Awards to 14, making him the most awarded Australian Screen Music composer.

TV and related categories (winners in bold):

Best Television Theme
Bloom Antony Partos Sonar Music

Dead Lucky Michael Yezerski
The Bureau of Magical Things Brett Aplin
The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill Caitlin Yeo

Best Music for a Television Series or Serial
Bloom: The Memory Box Jackson Milas and Antony Partos Sonar Music
Secret City: Run Little Rabbit David Bridie Mushroom Music
Tidelands: Not One of You Matteo Zingales Sonar Music
You Can’t Ask That: Alcoholics Andrew Sampford ABC Music Publishing

Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie
Dead Lucky Michael Yezerski
Fighting Season Daniel Denholm
Lambs of God Bryony Marks Kobalt Music Publishing obo LilliPilli IP
Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries Burkhard Dallwitz, Brett Aplin and Dmitri Golovko

Best Music for Children’s Television
Bill & Tony: Planet of the Socks Michael Lira
Bluey: Teasing Joff Bush Universal Music Publishing obo BBCW Music Publishing
The Bureau of Magical Things: End of the Road Brett Aplin
The Pilgrims Progress Michael Dooley

Best Original Song Composed for the Screen
Be My Girl from The Craft Justin Shave
Day by Day from Fourteen Brontë Horder
Every Day My Mother’s Voice from The Final Quarter Paul Kelly Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Firesong from Judy and Punch Sophia Brous, François Tétaz and Mirrah Foulkes Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Rubber Music Publishing*

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

Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas*
Alastair Ford
Jed Kurzel
Neil Sutherland
Nerida Tyson-Chew

*Determined by statistical analysis


  1. From looking at the nominees it’s very surprising that Richard Pike who composed Les Norton and Romper Stomper didn’t even get a nom. Both scores seemed more interesting and well produced then a lot of those listed…

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