Nigel Westlake Awards Best Soundtrack Album in APRA AMCOS Awards
Congratulations to Air-Edel composer Nigel Westlake who received Best Soundtrack Album for the film score ‘Blueback’ in the APRA AMCOS Awards.
Last year, Nigel received the Distinguished Services to the Australian Screen Award.
Nigel Westlake’s career has spanned more than three 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’. Other film scores he composed include the feature films ‘Blueback’ ‘Ali’s Wedding’, ‘Paper Planes’, ‘Miss Potter’, ‘Babe: Pig in the City’, ‘Children of the Revolution’, and ‘The Nugget’, plus Imax films ‘Antarctica’, ‘The Edge’, ‘Imagine’, and ‘Solarmax’.
His television credits include documentaries, telemovies, news themes and station idents. Nigel’s compositions have earned numerous accolades, including the Gold Medal at the New York International Radio Festival and 11 APRA Awards in the screen and classical music categories, two ARIA Awards, and five AGSC Awards. He is a two-time winner of the prestigious Paul Lowin Orchestral prize and in 2013 was awarded an honorary doctorate in music by the University of NSW. In 2008 Nigel founded the Smugglers of Light Foundation with his family in memory of his son Eli, to promote cultural awareness and empowerment through music and film in Indigenous communities.