APRA Best Music in a Series Award
- Joel Haines for The Brokenwood Mysteries
- Karl Steven for The Bad Seed
- Mike Newport for Alibi
APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award
- Karl Steven for Bellbird
- Mike Newport for Mega Time Squad
- Steph Brown and Fen Ikner for Daffodils
Despite having a record number of very high quality entries in both screen award categories this year, the work of Karl Steven and Mike Newport made it into both categories, along with outstanding work from stalwart screen composer Joel Haines, and newcomers Steph Brown and Fen Ikner.
Karl has been a finalist several times since the awards were first handed out in 2014, and this year is recognised for his composition on two very different screen works. The Bad Seed is a dark mystery series based on books by Charlotte Grimshaw, requiring a bold score evoking the murky worlds of New Zealand politics and power. In contrast, Bellbird is a heartfelt film telling the story of friendship and tragedy in a rural community, with a beautifully fresh and nuanced soundtrack.
First time finalist Mike Newport is also a finalist for two contrasting works. Intriguing, dramatic mini-series Alibi saw Mike making a suitably tense score for a series of interrogations, while his composition for time-travelling heist film Mega Time Squad is a romping, fun-fuelled, 80’s-inspired piece.
Joel Haines has composed thousands of film and TV soundtracks for over two decades, making the soundtracks for many favourite Kiwi dramas like Outrageous Fortune and Westside. This year he’s a finalist for his gentle, inventive work, on the whimsical murder mystery series The Brokenwood Mysteries.
Auckland composer and songwriter Stephanie Brown is often know as her alt-pop persona LIPS (and won the 2012 Silver Scroll Award with her song Everything to Me), but is also making a name for herself as a screen composer, alongside multi-instrumentalist music producer Fen Ikner. They’re recognised for their substantial work in helping to transform bittersweet romantic Kiwi musical Daffodils from stage to screen, and creating an appropriate world in which many classic Kiwi pop songs can sit alongside drama and storytelling.