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SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS 2004 NOMINEES

SOMERSAULT, MASTER & COMMANDER SCORES LEAD NOMS
Decoder Ring and Amanda Brown, the artists who composed the evocative musical score for Somersault, have snared major nominations in the 3rd joint 2004 APRA – AGSC Screen Music Awards: Best Soundtrack Album and Best Original Song Composed for a Feature Film, Telemovie, TV Series or Mini Series.


Amanda Brown has also been nominated in two other categories with compositions for the telemovie Floodhouse making her the most nominated individual composer for this year’s Screen Music Awards. Christopher Gordon is also nominated four times for his collaborations on Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and Salem’s Lot.

The nominees in the category of Best Feature Film Score composers Richard Tognetti, Iva Davies and Christopher Gordon (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), David Hirschfelder (The Wannabees) along with Elizabeth Drake (Japanese Story) and David Hobson for the score for One Perfect Day.

The score for Peter Weir’s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World has received two nominations, Best Soundtrack Album and Best Feature Film Score. The trio of Tognetti (the ACO’s lead violinist), Iva Davies (longtime singer songwriter for Icehouse) and Gordon (renowned composer for soundtrack score of ‘On The Beach’) have previously collaborated on “The Ghost of Time”, a piece commissioned for the Millenium celebrations in Sydney. With Master and Commander, they achieved “a remarkable interpretation of the action/adventure score, producing a combination of ‘old world’ and ‘new world’ music,” say the Awards committee.

Along with the soundtracks to Somersault and Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World, Clare Moore and Dave Graney were nominated in the Best Soundtrack Album category for their first foray into the motion picture soundtrack with Bad Eggs. Christopher Gordon’s composition for Salem’s Lot also received a nomination in this category as well as for Best Music for Mini-Series or Telemovie. 

“With a record number of entries this year, the APRA - AGSC Screen Music Awards is proud to honour the contribution that composers have made in film and television. Excellence is the dominant criteria in assessing these works, and it is such a great honour to receive a nomination in our awards as entries are assessed by our peers. Judging took place in both Sydney and Melbourne again this year by a select group of sought after screen composers. We congratulate all nominees on their achievements and honour their commitment to the art and craft of screen composition”, says Art Phillips, President of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers.

Only in its 3rd year the joint 2004 APRA – AGSC Screen Music Awards aims to honour music composers in film and television. The nominees are determined by a judging panel, which includes respected Australian industry figures across music, film and television.

Radio and television broadcaster James Valentine will host the 2004 APRA - AGSC SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney on November 1, 2004, with special guest presenters to be announced. An orchestra, conducted by Nerida Tyson-Chew will perform a selection of nominated compositions at the event.

2004 APRA – AGSC Screen Music Awards – Major Nominations
Best Feature Film Score
Title Japanese Story 
Composer Elizabeth Drake 

Title Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Composer/s Iva Davies, Christopher Gordon, Richard Tognetti

Title One Perfect Day 
Composer/s Josh Abrahams, Lisa Gerrard, David Hobson

Title The Wannabes 
Composer David Hirschfelder

Best Soundtrack Album
Title Bad Eggs
Composer/s David Graney, Clare Moore

Title Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Composer/s Iva Davies, Christopher Gordon, Richard Tognetti

Title Salem’s Lot 
Composer Lisa Gerrard, Christopher Gordon

Title Somersault 
Composer/s Benjamin Ely, Matthew Fitzgerald, Peter Kelly, Lenka Kripac, Tom Schutzinger

Best Music for a Documentary
Title Poisonous Women
Composer Christopher Elves

Title Roger 
Composer Tamara O’Brien

Title Silent Storm
Composer Guy Gross

Title Troubled Minds 
Composer Dale Cornelius

Best Music for a Short Film
Title Black Berries
Composer James Lee

Title The Scree 
Composer Adrian Van De Velde

Title Syntax Error 
Composer/s Andrew Lancaster, David McCormack, Antony Partos 

Title The Tooth 
Composer Elliott Wheeler

Best Original Song Composed for a Feature Film, Telemovie, TV Series or Mini-Series
Title Floodhouse – Freedom Song 
Composer Amanda Brown, Miro Bilbrough

Title Somersault – Bitter Plum
Composer Amanda Brown

Title Somersault – Somersault 
Composer/s Benjamin Ely, Matthew Fitzgerald, Peter Kelly, Lenka Kripac, Tom Schutzinger

Title The Honourable Wally Norman – Back Home To You
Composer/s John Bartholomeusz, Colin Swan

Published October 14, 2004

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