Composer Nigel Westlake to receive major Australian screen award

The composer behind Babe, Paper Planes, Ali's Wedding and Miss Potter will be honoured with an Australian Screen Award this November.

APRA AMCOS and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC) have announced that revered Australian composer and conductor Nigel Westlake will receive the Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen Award at the 2022 Screen Music Awards.

Nigel Westlake’s career has spanned more than four decades. Born in Perth, Western Australia, from the age of 17 he was touring the world as a freelance clarinettist, bass clarinettist, and saxophonist with ballet companies, a circus troupe, chamber music ensembles, fusion bands, and orchestras. He composed his first film score in 1989, and later was widely recognised with his score for the Oscar-nominated film Babe.

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Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports