Contemporary alternative rock musicians Nick Cave (Mushroom Music), his collaborator Warren Ellis of the Dirty Three (Mute Song) and David Bridie of Not Drowning Waving (Mushroom Music) are among the nominees unveiled today (Oct. 12) for the APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards.
The artists are up against established film composers such as Burkhard Dallwitz (unsigned) and Michael Yezerski (Native Tongue Music), who received three nominations each.
The awards, organized by the Australasian Performing Right Assn. and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers, are to be held Nov. 6 in Sydney.
Cave and Ellis are nominated in the feature film score of the year category for “The Proposition”, alongside Dallwitz for “Caterpillar Wish”, Brett Rosenberg (unsigned) for “Half Light” and Francois Tetaz (Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia) for “Wolf Creek.”
Bridie is listed along with Torres Strait Islander composers Albert David and Kadu in the best soundtrack album category for TV series “R.A.N.”
Meanwhile, Iva Davies, frontman of ’80s Australian hitmakers Icehouse (EMI Songs Australia), is up for best music for a mini-series or telemovie for his work on “The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant.”
Of other rock-orientated composers, former Models keyboard player Roger Mason’s work on “From Peking To Paris”(ABC Music) is in the running for best music for a TV series. Chris Harriott (Nine Films & Television), one-time keyboard player of ’70s act Scandal, is vying for most performed screen composer in Australia for his work with high-rating children’s act Hi-5.
On the night, jazz pianist Paul Grabowsky will team with an orchestra to perform a selection of nominated compositions. His work “Unfolding Florence – The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst” (Origin Music) was nominated in the best music for a documentary category.
In other news, singer songwriter Paul Kelly and his collaborator Dan Luscombe took best soundtrack for director Ray Lawrence’s “Jindabyne” (EMI Music Australia) at the Australian Recording Industry Assn.’s (ARIA) Fine Arts Awards, held Wednesday (Oct. 11) in Verbrugghen Hall at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
The Necks got best jazz record for “Chemist” (Fish Of Milk/Shock); Richard Tognetti took best classical for “Bach Sonatas And Partitas For Solo Violin,” his interpretation of Bach’s solo violin works (ABC Music); and The Cat Empire won the world category for “Cities: The Cat Empire Project” (EMI Music Australia), a tribute to their hometown of Melbourne.
The Fine Arts Awards were spun off three years ago from the main ARIA awards, which will be held Oct. 29 in Sydney’s Accer Stadium.