Antony Partos takes home a double, while Alan John, Caitlin Yeo and Neil Sutherland are among the composers honoured.

Paying tribute to composers across 12 categories, the winners of the 2106 Screen Music Awards were announced last night at City Recital Hall in Sydney. Jointly staged by APRA AMCOS and the AGSC (Australian Guild of Screen Composers), the winners included a mix of established names and emerging talent.

Antony Partos and Matteo Zingales. Photo by Tony Mott

Antony Partos and Matteo Zingales took out the prestigious Feature Film Score of the Year Award for their atmospheric electronic score for 99 Homes, an American film about the housing crisis. Partos made it a double, also winning the Award for Best Soundtrack Album for his work on the critically acclaimed documentary Sherpa, taking his Screen Music Awards total haul to 11 since 2004.

Alan John, who wrote the music for Sydney Opera House – The Opera (The Eighth Wonder) and who has also worked closely with theatre directors such as Neil Armfield and Jim Sharman, won Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie for his work on ABC mini-series The Beautiful Lie – his fourth Screen Music Award.

Caitlin Yeo received the Award for Best Music for a Documentary for Getting Frank Gehry, an irreverent documentary which followed the creative process of world renowned architect Frank Gehry as he created his first building in Australia. It’s the third Screen Music Award for Yeo, who also received an APRA Professional Development Award in 2011.

Roger Mason won Best Music for a Television Series or Serial for his work on ABC drama series The Principal, while Peter Cavallo took home Best Television Theme for the string-laden opening theme for Lebanese series Nos Youm.

For the ninth consecutive year, Neil Sutherland was named Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas, while Jay Stewart was Most Performed Screen Composer – Australia, the eighth time he has won the Award.

Singer/songwriter Sally Seltmann and her musician husband Darren Seltmann won their first Screen Music Award, taking out Best Original Song Composed for the Screen, for Dancing in the Darkness composed for the ABC comedy The Letdown.


FULL LIST OF WINNERS