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2023 Screen Music Awards nominees revealed

Media Published Thursday 5 October 2023
Congrats to all the 2023 Screen Music Awards nominees

Record breaking number of first-time nominees!

Bryony Marks and Michael Yezerski lead the pack.

Other nominees include Cornel Wilczek, Amanda Brown, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis.

APRA AMCOS and the AGSC (Australian Guild of Screen Composers) are proud to announce the nominees for the 2023 Screen Music Awards – the annual event which recognises excellence in composition across the small and large screen. With music that inspires powerful emotions, the nominated scores have been featured in screen offerings including Talk to Me, In Limbo, Upright, Savage River, Bluey, Deadloch, FOLAU, Blueback, Peaky Blinders and many more.

With three nods each, our lead nominees for 2023 are accomplished screen composers Bryony Marks and Michael Yezerski. Both are nominated for Best Television Theme – Bryony for The Messenger and Michael for Ivy + Bean, which is also recognised in the Best Music for Children’s Programming category. Michael’s final nomination is for Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie for Cabinet of Curiosities: Pickman’s Model. Bryony is nominated in the same category for her work on the ABC TV series Savage River, and The Messenger scores another nod for Best Soundtrack Album.

The Feature Film Score of the Year category stars dual nominee Cornel Wilczek and co-composer Thomas Rouch who wrote the music for the Australian jump-scare thriller Talk to Me, while Benjamin Speed is nominated for comedy / fantasy The Portable Door. The category also includes two first time nominees - Chris Wright for family adventure movie The Secret Kingdom, and composer and artist Anna Liebzeit for her work on Rolf de Heer’s The Survival of Kindness, a thought-provoking story of race and inequality.

This year’s roll call features a massive 23 first-time nominees including this year's Screen Awards orchestra's brand-new Musical Director, Erkki Veltheim. Also included in the list of debutantes is Jodi Phillis, Samuel Hirschfelder, Mark Bradshaw, Dominic Cabusi, Bronte Maree O’Neill, Leigh Marsh, Alex Olijnyk, Moses Carr, and Nir Tsfaty.

Other dual nominees include Amanda Brown, Mark Bradshaw, Damien Lane, Benjamin Speed, James Mountain and Neil Sutherland who clocks up his 18th nomination in the Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas category. Neil is recognised for his work on Border Security, MythBusters and Bondi Vet, and is joined by composers Nick Cave & Warren Ellis for Dahmer and Peaky Blinders, along with dual nominees Joff Bush for Bluey, and Adam Gock & Dinesh Wicks for MasterChef and Lego Masters.

The 2023 Screen Music Awards will be presented before an audience of music composers and industry guests at Forum Melbourne/Naarm on Thursday 9 November. The awards will be hosted by Susie Youssef with performances led by Musical Director and nominee Erkki Veltheim.

View the full list of nominees