Double win for ‘Bluey’ composer Joff Bush at Screen Music Awards

Joff Bush led the winners of the 2021 Screen Music Awards, twice recognized for his work scoring beloved children’s series, Bluey.

Bush’s first-ever Screen Music Awards came in the form of Best Music for Children’s Programming, as well as Best Soundtrack Album with co-composers David Barber, Helena Czajka, Marly Lüske, Lachlan Nicolson and Steve Peach .

Organized jointly by APRA AMCOS and the Australia Guild of Screen of Composers, the 2021 Screen Music Awards were originally scheduled to take place last November before being postponed to February. While an in-person event was planned, prizes were moved online due to the Omicron outbreak.

Feature Film Music of the Year was won by Brian Cachia for his work on bloody hellanother first-time winner.

After winning the AACTA award last year, Caitlin Yeo was once again honored for her rating of Play with sharks with the best music for a documentary.

The best original song composed for the screen was voted Bagi-la-m Bargan from Look, look, here comes Cooky, the work of Nathan Bird (pka Birdz), Fred Leone and Daniel Rankine (pka Trials). The song is seen through the lens of a young Butchalla man seeing Captain Cook pass Kgari (Fraser Island). Leone, a Butchulla Song-man and cousin of Birdz, sings his part in language.

On TV, father-son duo Cezary Skubiszewski and Jan Skubiszewski won Best TV Theme for Nine’s Halifax Retributionwhile David McCormack and Antony Partos won Best Music for a Television Series or Soap for ABC Irish Jack and Roger Mason composed Best Music for a Miniseries or TV Movie for SBS hungry ghosts.

Songwriting duo Adam Gock and Dinesh Wicks of The DA’s Office have released Most Performed Screen Composer – Australia for the eighth time. Their work covers projects such as Chef, The biggest loser, 20 to 1and Anh’s brush with fame.

Neil Sutherland received the equivalent foreign award for a record 14th consecutive year, with his work including border security, MythBusters, Dance with the Stars, getaway and Bondi veterinarian.

The 2022 Screen Music Awards will take place in November.

The full list of winners:

Feature Music of the Year
bloody hell
Composed by Brian Cachia

Best Music for a Documentary
Play with sharks
Composed by Caitlin Yeo

Best Music for a Short Film
yellow jack
Composed by Adam Moses

Best Soundtrack Album
Bluey the album
Consisting of Joff Bush, David Barber, Helena Czajka, Marly Lüske, Lachlan Nicolson and Steve Peach
Published by Universal Music Publishing on BBC Worldwide Limited

Best Original Song Composed for the Screen
Bagi-la-m Bargan by Looky Look, here comes Cooky
Composed by Nathan Bird, Fred Leone and Daniel Rankine^
Published by Sony Music Publishing on Bad Apples Music Publishing / Sony Music Publishing on Blue Max Music Publishing^

Best Music for Children’s Programming
Bluey
Composed by Joff Bush
Published by Universal Music Publishing on BBC Worldwide Limited

Best TV Theme
Halifax Retribution
Composed by Cezary Skubiszewski and Jan Skubiszewski*
Published by Sony Music Publishing obo Beyond Properties / Mushroom Music*

Best Music for a Television Series or Soap
Irish Jack
Composed by David McCormack & Antony Partos
Published by Sonar Music

Best Music for a Miniseries or TV Movie
hungry ghosts
Composed by Roger Mason

Best Music for a Commercial
The untold story of Isabelle Simi
Composed by Jonathan Dreyfus & Daniel Müller

Most Performed Screen Composer – Australia
Composers: Adam Gock and Dinesh Wicks
For: Masterchef, 20 to 1, Anh’s Brush with Fame

Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas
Composer: Neil Sutherland
For: Border Security, Mythbusters, Bondi Vet