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:: Spotlight :: 2011 Screen Music Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) and the AGSC (Australian Guild of Screen Composers) are delighted to announce details of presenters and guest performers who will take to the stage at the 2011 SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS on Monday November 14 at Sydney’s illustrious City Recital Hall. The event, to be hosted by NONI HAZLEHURST, pays tribute to the often-unsung heroes of screen composition.

Best known for his part on Australian children's TV show Playschool JAY LAGA’AIA will join in the celebrations at the 2011 SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS. Jay currently narrates each of the characters on the children's show Larry the Lawnmower and is part of the cast of Australian soap opera Home and Away, as Reverend Elijah Johnson. Jay released his second CD for children, I Can Play Anything, in August 2010.

Also taking on presenter duties at the 2011 SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS is multi talented actor DON HANY. He was nominated for AFI’s in 2008 and 2009 and in 2010 won the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actor for the role of Zane Malik in the series East West 101. Don Hany was nominated for Most Popular Actor for his role on Offspring and Tangle at the 2011 Logies. Joining Don Hany on the Screen Awards stage will be the wonderful CLAUDIA KARVAN whose credits as a producer, writer and actor are too great to list. As one of Australia's most recognised actresses, she has achieved popular success and critical acclaim through her work in film and television. In August 2010, the Australian series Spirited was launched which Claudia Karvan co-created, produced and starred in.

Another of Australia's leading and best loved actresses, SIGRID THORNTON will also take her place on the podium on the night. She has starred in many of the films, which are now regarded as classics of the Australian cinema along with several very successful television productions including the landmark Sea Change. Sigrid was most recently seen in feature film Face To Face, a film that has won 15 international awards and counting. Widely respected producer NELSON WOSS will also join the presenters’ line-up for 2011. In 2000 Nelson Woss set up his own production company and went on to produce the Aussie film Ned Kelly back in 2003. His most recent accomplishment is as producer of the acclaimed film Red Dog.

Also taking on a presenter role at the 2011 SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS is television presenter and gardener extraordinaire BRENDAN MOAR. A television host with more than 15 years on the small screen, best known for hosting several lifestyle genre shows on Foxtel, and being the host of program Dry Spell Gardening Brendan Moar is also host to Ten’s, The Renovators. Acclaimed television and stage actor STEVE BISLEY will join the SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS festivities. His major television roles have included Water Rats, Police Rescue and most recently in Sea Patrol as Commander Steve Marshall. Currently playing the part of Guido Calletti in Underbelly: Razor RICHARD BRANCATISANO is an Australian television actor and musician, also known for his role as Xander Bly, the Green Mystic Ranger, in Power Rangers: Mystic Force. He studied for three years at Theatre Nepean and continues to work, both as an actor and musician, nationally and internationally.

Australian television and film actor DAMON GAMEAU, who has appeared in the Australian series Love My Way, Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities and the 2009 feature film Balibo is a confirmed presenter for the SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS. He also starred in Spirited as Adrian Brixton alongside Claudia Karvan and Matt King and is currently appearing in RTÉ's latest Irish drama, RAW, based in an exclusive Dublin restaurant. Multi award winner singer / songwriter SARAH BLASKO will make a special guest appearance to perform Miles Nicholasʼ Dream On from THE MISSING KEY, a composition nominated in the category of BEST ORIGINAL SONG COMPOSED FOR THE SCREEN. Closing the nightʼs proceedings will be a special performance by two of Australiaʼs most daring and original performers PAUL CAPSIS AND CHRISTA HUGHES who will perform a selection of songs from PAPER GIANTS: THE BIRTH OF CLEO soundtrack.

A live orchestra conducted by musical director and composer CEZARY SKUBISZEWSKI will perform a selection of nominated compositions at the event.

The 2011 SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS (presented by APRA and the AGSC) will be held on Monday November 14 at City Recital Hall in Sydney.

Featuring host NONI HAZLEHURST and special guest presenters DON HANY, CLAUDIA KARVAN, JAY LAGA’AIA, SIGRID THORNTON, STEVE BISLEY, RICHARD BRANCATISANO, DAMON GAMEAU, AMANDA BROWN, NELSON WOSS and BRENDAN MOAR with performances by SARAH BLASKO and CHRISTA HUGHES & PAUL CAPSIS.

2011 SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS CATEGORIES
• Most Performed Screen Composer – Australia*
• Most Performed Screen Composer – Overseas*
• Best Music for a Documentary
• Best Music for a Short Film
• Best Original Song Composed for the Screen
• Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie
• Best Music for a Television Series or Serial
• Best Television Theme
• Best Music for Children’s Television
• Best Music for an Advertisement
• Best Soundtrack Album
• Feature Film Score of The Year
*Determined by statistical analysis