ANNOUNCED // APRA AMCOS 2022 Screen Music Award winners


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APRA AMCOS and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC) announce the music creators who have taken out top honours at the 2022 Screen Music Awards. The composers are a mix of established and first-time winners whose music has brought out the gold to create emotional impact across small and large screens. 

In her first outing as a screen awards nominee Salliana Seven Campbell has taken home the Feature Film Score of the Year for her original music for The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson (written, directed and starred in by Leah Purcell). The multi-instrumentalist and arranger used fiddles, banjos, mandolins, piano and electric guitars to create a raw soundtrack to match the film’s powerful energy. 

Caitlin Yeo (pictured above) has scored two wins for her work on New Gold Mountain, the revisionist western set in the gold mining days in 1857 Ballarat, largely from the perspective of the Chinese gold miners. Featuring a blend of strings, traditional Chinese instruments, a mixture of percussion, and even a gold pan as a percussive instrument, Caitlin received the awards for Best Television Theme and Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie.  

Winning their first ever Screen Music Awards are didgeridoo player and composer William Barton and Australian Chamber Orchestra Artistic Director Richard Tognetti, who along with Piers Burbrook de Vere have taken out Best Soundtrack Album for motion picture River and Best Original Song Composed for the Screen with Spirit Voice of the Enchanted Waters from River

The musical partnership of Antony Partos and Matteo Zingales has again impressed the panel of judges with their screen chemistry, taking home Best Music for a Television Series or Serial for their collaboration on Total Control, the acclaimed political drama series starring Deborah Mailman and Rachel Griffiths. 

Composer Hylton Mowday has taken out Best Music for a Documentary for the Emmy Award winning Australian doco Puff: Wonders of the Reef. Netflix’s first original Australian documentary which won the Emmy for Outstanding Nature Documentary, follows a baby puffer fish through the Great Barrier Reef as he learns to survive and thrive through his first year of life. 

Accomplished screen composer Nerida Tyson-Chew has scored the 2022 award for Best Music for Children’s Programming for The Deep, an animated children’s series which has been screened in over 200 countries. The award for Best Music for a Short Film goes to screen composer Wil Hughes who wins his first award for Still Life. Also scoring his first Screen Music Award is Lance Gurisik who composed the Best Music for an Advertisement for Destination NSW: Feel New.

Taking out the Most Performed categories are Adam Gock and Dinesh Wicks, whose collaborations on MasterChef, Anh’s Brush with Fame and Beauty and the Geek Australia sees them named Most Performed Screen Composer in Australia, an award they have won for the ninth time. Record breaking screen composer Neil Sutherland is the Most Performed Screen  Composer – Overseas, now for an incredible 15th consecutive year for his work on Border Security, MythBusters and Bondi Vet

Revered composer Nigel Westlake has received the Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen Award for his body of work across film and television. His long-time collaborator, the director, producer, and screen writer Robert Connolly was on hand to present the honour. 

The 2022 Screen Music Awards were co-hosted Akina Edmonds, Anne Edmonds and Aaron  Pedersen and featured musical performances of the Feature Film Score of the Year nominated  pieces led by Musical Director Jessica Wells. Two-time winner William Barton performed How We Feel from the River soundtrack. To close the ceremony Fred Leone and gospel vocal ensemble Gospo (accompanied by William Barton on didgeridoo and the Screen Awards Orchestra) paid a special musical tribute to the late Uncle Jack Charles and Uncle Archie Roach with a rendition of Song to Sing, composed by Archie Roach. 

2022 SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS 

Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen Award 

Nigel Westlake 

Feature Film Score of the Year 

Title: The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson 

Composed by Salliana Seven Campbell 

Best Television Theme 

Title: New Gold Mountain 

Composed by Caitlin Yeo 

Published by Kobalt Music Publishing obo Lillipilli IP 

Best Music for a Television Series or Serial 

Title: Total Control 

Composed by Antony Partos & Matteo Zingales 

Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie 

Title: New Gold Mountain 

Composed by Caitlin Yeo 

Published by Kobalt Music Publishing obo Lillipilli IP 

Best Soundtrack Album 

Title: River 

Composed by Richard Tognetti with William Barton* & Piers Burbrook de Vere Published by G Schirmer Australia* 

Best Original Song Composed for the Screen 

Title: Spirit Voice of the Enchanted Waters from River Composed by William Barton*, Piers Burbrook de Vere & Richard Tognetti Published by G Schirmer Australia* 

Best Music for a Documentary 

Title: Puff: Wonders of the Reef 

Composed by Hylton Mowday 

Published by We Love Jam Studios 

Best Music for a Short Film 

Title: Still Life 

Composed by Wil Hughes 

Best Music for Children’s Programming 

Title: The Deep 

Composed by Nerida Tyson-Chew 

Published by A Stark Production 

Best Music for an Advertisement 

Title: Destination NSW: Feel New 

Composed by Lance Gurisik 

Published by Massive Publishing 

Most Performed Screen Composer – Australia 

Composers: Adam Gock and Dinesh Wicks 

For: MasterChef, Anh’s Brush with Fame, Beauty and the Geek Australia

Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas 

Composer: Neil Sutherland 

For: Border Security, MythBusters, Bondi Vet 

2022 SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS 

Forum Melbourne, Naarm 

Tuesday 15 November 2022 

With co-hosts Akina Edmonds, Anne Edmonds and Aaron Pedersen 

Musical Director Jessica Wells 


Image supplied, credit Rick Clifford @rcstills.




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