‘Balloon, ‘Underbelly’ score awards

Australian composers honor their own

SYDNEY –The year’s most-nominated films and TV skeins also scooped the most trophies at the Screen Music Awards, hosted jointly by the Australian Guild of Screen Composers and the Australasian Performing Rights Assn.

Organized crime drama skein “Underbelly,” which dominated AFI Awards nominations last week, won for television theme and music in a series for composer Burkhard Dallwitz.

Pic “The Black Balloon,” about a family with an autistic son, won soundtrack album for composer Michael Yezerski and song for its “When We Get There” shared by Yezerski with co-composer Josh Pyke.

“Balloon” is a favorite for next week’s Independent Film Awards and for the AFI Awards in December, after accumulating the most nominations at each.

David Hirschfelder won film score for “Children of the Silk Road” at the kudofest held Nov. 3 at Sydney’s City Recital Hall.

Cezary Skubiszewski received the award for music for a doc for his orchestral work on “Night.”

Richard Pleasance received recognition for his work on the Network Ten telepic “Emerald Falls.”

The prestigious international achievement award went to Garry McDonald and Laurie Stone for their achievements in screen composition abroad.

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