APRA-AGSC Awards 2006

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Andrew Hansen
Andrew Hansen

Last night in Sydney, one of the more under-recognised award ceremonies took place in the City Recital Hall.  The AGSC (Australian Guild of Screen Composers) teamed up with APRA (Australasian Performing Rights Association) for the fifth year of the APRA-AGSC Awards

The awards recognise the art of music composition for the screen.  Unlike the long-winded and boring ARIA Awards, the APRA-AGSC awards went for a little over 2 1/2 hours.  There was a 13 piece orchestra led by award-winning composer Paul Graboswky.  Not only did they play each winner’s piece as they were approaching the stage, but they performed a selection from each film nominated for Feature Film Score of the Year.  It was a great touch and made the music come to life, especially the Nick Cave & Warren Ellis-penned score for The Proposition, easily my fave score.  The night was hosted by Myf Warhurst and Alan Brough, regular guests on the ABC-TV music quiz show Spicks & Specks

I scored prime tickets up the front, which was fantastic.  The afterparty was a far more formal affair, with dinner and drinks, but the food was great.  Sadly I didn’t get to meet presenters Decoder Ring, but I did have a chat with legendary rock photographer Tony Mott.  That man has some fantastic stories… anyway, here’s the winners from the night:

2006 International Achievement Award
Peter Best (Crocodile Dundee I & II, Muriel’s Wedding, We of the Never Never)

Feature Film Score of the Year
Francois Tetaz – Wolf Creek

Best Music in a Documentary
Paul Grabowsky – Unfolding Florence – The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst

Best Music for a Short Film
Jonathan Nix – Gustavo

Best Music for a Television Series of Serial
Roger Mason – Peking To Paris

Best Music for an Advertisement
Elliott Wheeler – McDonald’s Inner Child

Best Soundtrack Album
David Bridie, Albert David, Kado & Key Torres Strait Island Composers – R.A.N

Best Music for Children’s Television
Christopher Elves – Faireez (Episode 40)

Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie
Iva Davies – The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant

Best Original Song Composed for the Screen
Michael Yezerski – ‘Thursday’s Fictions’

Best Television Theme
Andrew Hansen – The Chaser’s War on Everything

Most Performed Screen Composer – Australia
Jay Stewart

Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas
Garry McDonald & Laurie Stone



One Response

  1. chucky @ sandwiches

    November 7, 2006 10:43 am

    i dont really have a point of reference as i havent seen any of those other films mentioned, but im with you one hunnert percent on the Proposition. Cave is probably our most underated artistic talent, its nice to see him try a new medium and succeed.



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