Tuesday, October 18, 2011

APRA Nominees Reveal Owls, Cane Toads, Mad Bastards & Kurzel's Snowtown

Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) have released their annual set of nominees and the film nominees are a good bunch. The big shining light of the film composition from Aussie cinema this year has been, for me, Jed Kurzel's hypnotic, thumping and utterly implosive score for Snowtown. Now, I didn't like the film at all, writing that it "[revels] in its lower class miserabilism like a pig in shit," but I admit to being in the definite minority on that one. Still, Kurzel's score is above and beyond one of the very best scores of 2011 and purchasing it off of iTunes (for a measly $11.99!) was as good of a decision as I made all week.

Brendan Fletcher's admirable Mad Bastards scored three nominations, as you would expect, for original score, original song (for "Won't Look Back") and soundtrack, and it was great to see Martin Armiger's music to Cane Toads: The Conquest nominated in the documentary category. Also nominated in the feature film category are David Hirschfelder for The Legends of the Guardian: The Owls of Ga'Hoole and Burkhard Dallwitz for The Way Back. I would expect to see Snowtown, Bastards and Ga'Hoole nominated for the same prize at the upcoming AACTA awards (The Way Back not being an Australian film means Dallwitz, despite being Australian, is ineligible). To see the nominees in all 12 categories (film and TV) do click over to the Screen Music Awards website, but I've included a few of the cinema-relevant categories below. Unfortunately, YouTube clips are scarce, but I've included a clip from Mad Bastards as well as a suite of Hirschfelder's wonderful Legends of the Guardian music.

Feature Film Score of the Year
Alex Lloyd, Alan Pigram, Stephen Pigram - Mad Bastards
Jed Kurzel - Snowtown
David Hirschfelder - The Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
Burkhard Dallwitz - The Way Back

Best Music for a Documentary
Martin Armiger - Cane Toads: The Conquest
Ash Gibson Greig, Petris Torres - Jandamarra's War
Matteo Zingales - Lachlan Macquarie: Father of Australia
Christopher Elves - The Silent Epidemic

Best Music for a Short Film
Mike Darren - Collision
Dale Cornelius - Polo's Robot
Paul Halley - The Maker
Kathryn Brownhill, Miles Nicholas, Jonathan Nix - The Missing Key

Best Soundtrack Album
Alex Lloyd, Alan Pigram, Stephen Pigram - Mad Bastards
Dmitri Golovko - Red Hill
Rafael May - Road Train: Road Kill Soundtrack
Michael Yezerski - The Lost Thing

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