Ian Arber after I am Bolt and Mo Farah: No Easy Mile scored Lucky Giants 6-part comedy Quacks currently airing on BBC2 to rave reviews.
Shaun’s first feature Broken, starring Morjana Alaoui, Mel Raido and Craig Conway, premiered at London’s Frightfest in August to rave reviews resulting in Shaun being nominated for Screen International’s Rising Star award:
The pick of all these British premières was easily Shaun Robert Smith’s Broken – Hollywood News
Where Broken excels is the extraction of intense characters and genuine atmosphere ..,. a gratifying immersive experience Trangressive Cinema
A film with strong performances, engrossing from the start … it’s made with care and passion. Letterboxd – Dean Russell
A stunning tour-de-force by director Shaun Robert Smith featuring brilliantly fearless performances, especially from star Morjana Alaoui this unique thriller is a 2016 highlight – Britflicks
Anchored by a harrowing performance from Alaoui, British director Shaun Robert Smith’s Broken toes the line between psychological dread and explosive horror right up to its you-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it ending – Brooklyn Film Festival Review
A seriously sharp and beautifully crafted thriller … Smith’s feature debut is a stunning technical feat – National Student
It’s a beautifully made film and director Shaun Robert Smith has crafted set pieces that get under your skin and make you feel for our heroine. We know where this I s going and why and we completely understand when it all goes to hell why it does – Unseen Films
Shaun has several other films in development currently including The Under Men based on his award winning short, The Soldier which won Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects and Best Editing at The London Short Film Festival in 2007. Set 13 days after the D-day landings, the film explores the consequences of the Third Reich’s disease testing experiments.
He trained at Stamford College and later at Birmingham Metropolitan College. He has been working in films for some 18 years starting as a prosthetics makeup supervisor before graduating into editing and then running a production company making tv commercials for Coca Cola, BP and others as well as high end music videos.
He also moved into writing/directing short films including The Forgotten Ground and This Place. He directed the web series Naomi Donne’s Made Up Stories for Goldfinch Entertainment and was prosthetics supervisor on Shane Meadow’s This Is England, The Devil’s Dosh for infidelis Productions and The Hooligan Factory for Think Big Productions.
Sean’s IMDb page
Nick Brown found initial success with his Agent of Rome novels published by Hodder & Stoughton. Described by The Times as ‘gripping’, the critically acclaimed series has now reached six volumes and has been translated into Spanish, Italian and Dutch. He was inspired to write historical fiction by the work of C.J. Sansom and when he discovered the research about the Roman ‘secret service’ he knew he’d found a compelling angle for his protagonist, Cassius Corbulo. Nick is currently adapting the books into a television series.
He has ‘ghosted’ a number of screenplays in a variety of genres, from science fiction to family drama. His high – action thriller First Duty has recently been optioned By Dynamic Pictures and will be directed by Misko `Massanyi.
After completing a history degree at the University of Sussex, Nick travelled to Kathmandu, Nepal, working as a sports coach/tutor at an orphanage. Back in England he completed a PGCE at the University of Exeter and went on to teach for five years in the UK. His next post was as a teacher of English and history at an international school in Warsaw. He feels that his experience in both subjects has informed his writing and that ten years as a teacher has taught him the value of collaboration.
A voracious devourer of music, film, TV and books of all kinds, Nick lives with his wife in Norwich.
After his recent FIPA D’OR Nomination for his music for Wall To Wall’s The Scandalous Lady W, Alexander Balanescu has won Romania’s GOPO award for Best Original Soundtrack for his score for The Magic Mountain directed by Anca Damian for Aparte Film.
Story Film’s Tiger Raid, with a terrific action score by Dean Valentine, had its world premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival in April and will be screened at the Edinburgh Film & TV Festival in June. Meanwhile Violet, also with Dean’s music, showing at Tribeca too and won the First Prize Festival Award at Chicago’s Irish Film Festival.
Many composers are good at delivering what the director wants. What is expected. Henrik creates music you didn’t know you would love.” So says director Niels Nørløv. Born in Sweden and living in Copenhagen, Henrik is known in many countries as a member of the iconic Scandi band, Kashmir. Henrik’s work as a proven composer for film and television picked up speed in 2007 where he did the score for Anders Morgenthaler’s feature film Ekko. He was nominated for Danish Cinema’s prestigious Robert Award…….
Kevin wrote and produced the multi-award winning short, Eva’s Legacy, which premiered at the London Short Film Festival in January 2015. It went on to screen at 15 festivals around the world, picking up a Platinum Remi for Original Dramatic Short at Houston’s Worldfest, Best Film and Best Cinematography at the Rob Knox Film Festival, and Best Visual at Limelight Film Festival in London.
He is currently adapting Gillian Philip’s fantasy adventure, Mysteries of Ravenstorm Island: The Lost Children for Working Partners, and developing a drama about Inspector Walter Dew’s pursuit of Dr Crippen across the Atlantic. He’s also working on an exciting new tv sitcom series.
The success of Eva’s Legacy led to him being commissioned to write a comedy short for Sanction Films, Stocking Up for Christmas, which went into production in October 2015, due out in 2016. He’s also got two more short films, Next in Line and The Announcement, going into production in 2016, both with a view to developing them into feature length films.
He was shortlisted for the BBC Writer’s Prize in 2013 for a radio sitcom script called Guides on Tour, reaching the final four out of over 2,000 entries. He’s on the BBC Writersroom’s list of writers under development and in 2010 he got his first production credit, writing additional material for the BBC Radio 4 Extra topical sketch show, Newsjack.
Kevin always knew he wanted to be a writer, having developed a love of stories and films at an early age. It wasn’t until seeing Christopher Nolan’s Memento and Shane Meadows’ This Is England in 2006 that he decided to try his hand at writing his own scripts.
He has received praise for his ability to create strong, snappy, character driven storylines, with a flair for sharp, engaging dialogue, laced with humour and intrigue.
Kevin is married with a young daughter and lives in Essex.
Kevin wrote and produced the multi-award winning short, Eva’s Legacy, which premiered at the London Short Film Festival in January 2015. It went on to screen at 15 festivals around the world, picking up a Platinum Remi for Original Dramatic Short at Houston’s Worldfest, Best Film and Best Cinematography at the Rob Knox Film Festival, and Best Visual at Limelight Film Festival in London. He is currently adapting Gillian Philip’s fantasy adventure, Mysteries of Ravenstorm Island: The Lost Children for Working Partners, and developing a drama about Inspector Walter Dew’s pursuit of Dr Crippen across the Atlantic. He’s also working on an exciting new tv sitcom series.
Award winning Danish writer/director Fabian Wullenweber is best known internationally for his work across all 3 series of The Killing, DR’s worldwide hit crime series shown in more than 161 countries. In 2014/2015 he was he conceptual director and himself directed 11 of the 13 episodes across 2 series of TV2’s period drama The Seaside Hotel, currently the most successful drama series on Danish television and is just finishing the third series. Feature credits include the musical Bora Bora ; the psychological horror movie Cecilie; Frenetic Films’ Catch That Girl which won awards and nominations in Berlin, Chicago, Amsterdam and throughout Scandinavia both for Fabian and the film; Nimbus Films’ dark and gripping Gemini.
Award winning composer Simon Boswell first came to prominence working with some of the industry’s indie mavericks including Alejandro Jodorowsky on Santa Sangre, Dario Argento on Phenomena, Danny Boyle on Shallow Grave and Richard Stanley on Hardware and Dust Devil. He is renowned for his scores for horror and fantasy and cross genre films such as Clive Barker’s detective movie Lord of Illusions. Then there’s the hybrid, cyberpunk riffings of Hackers and Hardware where Simon unusually combined acoustic, slide guitar with resonant, doomy synths to create a hugely popular, apocalyptic score for which he was BAFTA nominated.
He was also Bafta Nominated for his score for the BBC’s The Lakes and was IFMCA Nominated for Best Original Score for his music for the US series The Tin Man. He won Best Score for the BBC’s Close Your Eyes at the Paris Film Festival. Other major credits include Hallmark’s award winning series Jason and the Argonauts; BBC Film’s My Zinc Bed starring Una Thurman; Fox Searchlight’s Cousin Bette; and Jack & Sarah for British Screen.
As a composer he is well known for combining electronic elements with orchestral instruments but he is also brilliant arranger and orchestrator and his many orchestral scores include Photographing Fairies, A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, War Zone as well as the aforementioned Jason and the Argonauts and Tin Man.
In the last 12 months he has scored three US films and one UK film – The Last Word, Bound To Vengeance and Flytrap and Nick Willing’s Altar – and toured extensively worldwide with his band, ‘the AND’, performing his film music live with an immersive, video backdrop which he describes as “The Velvet Underground meets Pink Floyd conducted by Bernard Hermann on acid!”
Already an accomplished guitarist Simon left Cambridge University with a degree in English Literature before pursuing a fulltime career as a musician. He has always maintained that studying literature is an essential prerequisite for being a film composer, as understanding narrative structure, sub text and character development is often more important for a score than knowing music theory. He played in several major recording and touring bands before moving across to record production and remixing – his album with Italian superstar Renato Zero sold more than 6 million copies – and then film composition. Recent years have seen him collaborate with Elton John, Dolly Parton and Marianne Faithful and other high profile artists for his film projects.
After completing the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in LA last month SMARisingTalent composer Stefan French has won the ASCAP Foundation Steve Kaplan Film & TV Award.
Michael Radford will direct Vivien for Elstree Studio Productions and producer Warren Derosa. Based on his own screenplay about the life of Vivien Leigh, Radford explores her bipolar disorder and resulting promiscuity which destroyed her marriage to Laurence Olivier.
See profile page..
BEN SALISBURY & GEOFF BARROW SCORE EX MACHINABen Salisbury and Geoff Barrow have completed the score for the new DNA/Universal movie Ex_Machina. Written and directed by Alex Garland it tells the story of a 24 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company who interacts with the world’s first true artificial intelligence housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl. Producers are Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich for DNA Films.
Link to the Ex_Machina trailer
‘BEYONCE: LIFE IS BUT A DREAM’ WITH BEN SALISBURY SCORE AIRS BBC1Life Is But A Dream was directed by Beyoncé herself and takes a candid look at her personal life. The feature documentary is a mix of concert footage and personal video from Beyoncé’s laptop brought together by Ben Salisbury’s brilliant orchestral scoring. Aired in the US on February 16 it broke all viewing figures for a feature documentary on HBO since 2004. When asked about the experience of working with Beyoncé, Ben said “She is unbelievably hard-working and amazingly busy. Most of my creative dealings were through members of the production team and she was kind enough not to interfere; albeit she was very hands-on with every aspect of the film.”
Ben is in demand at the moment having just finished an album with Scott Hendy a.k.a. Boca 45, under the name Dolman which is due for release later this year and now starting work on the score for a film starring Michael Madson. The score is being co-written with writing partner Geoff Barrow from Portishead with whom Ben wrote the hugely successful Drokk album last year.
‘BORGEN’ COMPOSER HALFDAN E JOINS SMA TALENTWe are pleased to announce new signing Halfdan E, the Danish composer of the award winning music for ‘Borgen’, which won the Bafta for Best Foreign Language TV series last year.
He has won 3 Danish Academy Soundtrack Awards, 2 Danish Grammys, and in addition his music for BORGEN won the prestigious Fipa d’Or Grand Prize Best Original Soundtrack 2011. Outside Denmark some of his large scale orchestral scores have been recorded in London and Prague with leading orchestras.
Long been established as one of Scandinavia’s most successful award-winning film composers, Halfdan’s signature style fusing electronics with classical orchestral sounds has been featured in more than 20 features, 5 television series and many documentaries and short films.
Borgen is screened all over the world, BBC Four in the UK, and US Newsweek recently hailed it as ”The Best Political Show Ever” following the US broadcast of the series 2 finale on August 5. The third and final series is now with broadcasters.
ALEXANDER BALANESCU TO SCORE NEW GREENAWAY FILMFollowing his richly deserved 2014 BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Peter Greenaway’s next film with long term producer Kees Kasander will be Walking to Paris, with a score by SMA’s Alexander Balanescu.
It tells the story of 27 year old Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s walk from Romania to Paris in 1903 and 1904 as preparation and prelude to becoming the most important sculptor of the 20th century. On April 30 at the Royal Festival Hall Alexander will give the first UK performance of Michael Nyman’s violin concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
BALANESCUE, AlexanderThis Romanian born prolific composer is one of the world’s leading contemporary violinists who tours the world’s major concert halls with The Balanescu Quartet. He also writes concert music, ballets and operas. He’s also scored more than 32 movies and tv productions including the new tv drama for Wall To Wall, The Scandalous Lady W, Angels & Insects and The Death of Pentheus as well as many Italian and French movies.
His recorded tracks are featured in many films, including Wim Wenders’ much lauded Pina in 3D about the life and work of the internationally celebrated German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch. His commercials include Faberge, H & M and Talking Pages.
BORGEN DIRECTOR JESPER W. NIELSEN TO SMAThe multi-award winning Danish director/writer Jesper W. Nielsen has joined SMA for representation outside Scandinavia. He is best known for his work on 6 of the 30 episodes of Borgen, DR’s international hit series shown in more than 80 countries. His most successful feature to date is Okay for the Bech Company which remains one of the most popular Danish films of all time.
In all he has directed, written or edited more than 23 features and more than 60 episodes of tv drama. He is currently directing Dicte, a crime series for Misofilm and before that The Seaside Hotel, a major new comedy series for TV2, set in a North Sea resort in the late 1920s – early 1930s.
COMPOSER IAN SMYTH JOINS SMAFirst new signing of 2014 Ian Smyth’s latest feature is Rewind directed by PJ Dillon for Carbon Films. It stars Amy Huberman who won the IFTA Best Actress Award for her performance and Ian’s score was also critically acclaimed by many of the reviewers. He has composed an orchestral score for director Richie Smyth’s The Mulbury Project, a sci-fi horror feature set in the near future, produced by Northern Ireland’s Heaven’s Gate Films.
His many television credits include Seacht, the first Irish language drama for the BBC directed by Rob Quinn for Tyrone Productions; the animated children’s series Schrödinger’s Cat, directed by Nuala Cunningham for RTE; and two seasons of the science series Investigators for Decade Film/RTE.
DANISH SCREENWRITER KIM FUPZ AAKESON SIGNS TO SMAKim Fupz Aakeson was already a successful an established novelist and illustrator when in the mid-90’s he switched careers and enrolled at Denmark’s National Film School to study screenwriting. Since then he has established himself as one of Scandinavia’s leading screenwriters – in all categories his films have won 106 national and international awards and received 195 nominations across a whole range of genres. His 2011 feature Perfect Sense, starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green, directed by David Mackenzie for BBC Films, won awards that year at Edinburgh, Philadelphia and Bratislava. He has two projects currently in production; Rosita for Nordisk Film and a tv series Broken for DR. He is currently working on Funny Man for Sigma Films and If You Love Somebody for Hyde Park Films.
DEAN VALENTINE SCORES TRAILERS FOR CAPTAIN PHILLIPS AND HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Dean Valentine’s Dark Matter cue is featured in Sony Picture’s trailer for the latest Tom Hanks movie Captain Phillips and more recently he scored the trailer for Lionsgate’s worldwide mega hit Hunger Games: Catching Fire. He recently completed the feature documentary Close To Evil about a Jewish family tragically caught up in the Holocaust, as well as an 80 mins tv special Bottler. Both Bottler and Mad Cows are now out on DVD.
DEAN VALENTINE’S TRAILER MUSIC ON CLINT EASTWOOD’s THE AMERICAN SNIPER King of the movie trailers Dean Valentine’s latest high profile outing is the trailer music for Clint Eastwood’s The American Sniper. Dean’s other trailer hits include Brad Pitt’s Columbia Picture’s WW2 epic Fury, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, Sony’s Captain Philips starring Tom Hanks and Lionsgate’s worldwide mega hit Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Dean is now scoring the movie Tiger Raid for Story Films.
DIRECTOR JOHN LANGRIDGE JOINS SMA John Langridge’s acclaimed debut short, Walking Shadows, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was subsequently selected for the Portbello Film Festival, “the biggest celebration of independent film in Europe”. John was writer, director and producer for Big H Films. He later wrote, directed and edited Away, a drama short for Twenty Three Pictures.
He made his feature debut in 2011 with the darkly comic Four, starring Martin Compston, Craig Conway, Sean Pertwee and Keirston Wareing. John also edited the film and the producer was Raiomond Mirza for Oh My Productions. The film received solid reviews and was distributed in the UK by High Flyers and internationally by WTF Films.
DIRECTOR/WRITER SURI KRISHNAMMA TO SMA We’re pleased to announce that Suri Krishnamma, the award winning film director/writer, has joined us for worldwide representation. His latest movie credit is Vision Entertainment’s dark thriller ‘The Grief Tourist’, starring Melanie Griffith and Michael Cudlitz, which is screening at Cannes. Other recent features include ‘Bad Karma’, starring Ray Liotta; ‘Locked In’ starring Ben Barnes and Eliza Dushku; ‘Good Sharma’, starring Billy Connolly; and the double award winning ‘New Year’s Day’. Earlier he directed Albert Finney in BBC Film’s ‘A Man of No Importance’. He has three BAFTA Nominations.
Halfdan E … Borden Back on BBC4 & Otto Is A Rhino Wins at Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
Borgen was back on BBC4 as series 3 kicked off a new 10 parter featuring Halfdan E’s terrific music. At the same time BBC Radio 4 broadcast a new 10 part series Borgen: Around The Castle. Halfdan also scored Kenneth Kainz’s animated movie Otto Is A Rhino which won Best Picture at the 30th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival on November 3.
JOHN ALTMAN TO WORK ON NEW GLEN MILLER MUSICAL ‘IN THE MOOD’ BAFTA and EMMY winning composer John Altman to be musical supervisor and arranger on new Glen Miller musical ‘In The Mood’ opening in London next spring. He will also write additional music for the show. Written and directed by Rob Bettinson, the producer is David Wilder who has brought together a top team of West End professionals to create a unique tribute to the great American bandleader who lost his life in a flying incident towards the end of WW2.
MICHAEL RADFORD DIRECTING ‘ELSA AND FRED’ Michael Radford is in New Orleans directing ‘Elsa & Fred’, starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer. Michael and Anna Pavignano are adapting the original screenplay by writer/director Marcos Carnevale for his 2005 award winning Argentinian Spanish language movie. In the New Year the production moves to Rome. The producers for
LA’s Defiant Pictures are Edward Saxon, Matthias Ehrenberg, Richardo Kleinbaum, Jose Levy and Nicolas Veinberg.
MICHAEL RADFORD EDITING ‘ELSA & FRED’ IN LONDONAfter shooting the film in New Orleans and Rome, Michael is now editing ‘Elsa & Fred’ in London. Movie stars Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer and Michael and Anna Pavignano adapted the original Spanish language screenplay by writer/director Marcos Carnevale for his 2005 award winning Argentinian movie. The producers for LA’s Defiant Pictures are Edward Saxon, Matthias Ehrenberg, Richardo Kleinbaum, Jose Levy and Nicolas Veinberg.
MICHAEL RADFORD TO RECEIVE FEDERICO FELLINI AWARD FOR CINEMATIC EXCELLENCE Michael Radford attends Italy’s Bari International Film Festival in April to receive the prestigious Federico Fellini Award for Cinematic Excellence for his contribution to world cinema. His films Il Postino, Another Time Another Place, 1984 and The Merchant of Venice will be screened during the festival week. Michael will also be president of the international festival jury deciding the Panorama Award.
NICK GREEN COMPLETES THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE 2 & MOONFLEET Busy year for composer Nick Green who has completed series 2 of World Production’s ‘The Bletchley Circle’ for ITV and meanwhile PBS in the USA recently completed screening series 1. Earlier Nick scored Trademark Films’ WWI feature ‘The Wipers Times’, written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, and screened by BBC2 as part of the Corporation’s World War One commemoration projects. He recently delivered the score for Company Picture’s tv film ‘Moonfleet’, which Sky broadcasts over Christmas. Stars include Ray Winstone, Ben Chaplin, Phil Daniels, Aneurin Barnard and director is Andy De Emmony.
NICK GREEN SCORES THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE SERIES 2 The Bletchley Circle series 2 started 9 pm Monday January 6 on ITV again featuring Nick Green’s iconic scoring. It is about a group of women who worked at top-secret codebreaking facility Bletchley Park during WW2 and is set in the 1950s as the friends struggle to return to their pre-war roles. The group use their extraordinary skills to solve a murder cases. This new series will be set a year after the events of series 1 and will see the codebreakers come together to help a former colleague who is accused of murder. Over the Christmas period SKY 1 broadcast the 2-part action adventure Moonfleet which featured Nick’s large orchestral score.
NICK GREEN SCORING BIG TALK’S OUR ZOO Nick Green working on Big Talk’s Our Zoo which airs BBC1 from September 1. The 6-parter tells the story about the family who founded Chester Zoo in the 1930’s. The Producer is Marcus Wilson and director Andy de Emmony. Cast includes Anne Reid, Lee Ingleby, Liz White and Ralf Little.
PHILIP APPLEBY SIGNS WITH SMA We are delighted to announce the signing of features and tv composer Philip Appleby. Philip’s latest credits are two of the autumn 2012 episodes of the long-running BBC series ‘Inspector George Gently’, produced by Company Pictures – ‘Gently With Class’ and ‘Gently Northern Soul’.
Earlier credits include the BBC costume drama ‘The Wyvern Mystery’ for which he was Nominated for an Ivor Novello and the BBC comedy series ‘Born to Run’, written by Debbie Horsfield and produced by Laura Mackie, for which he was Nominated for the RTS Award. Philip also scored the Oscar-winning short ‘Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life’, written and directed by Peter Capaldi and produced by Ruth Kenley-Letts.
Awards and critical acclaim do not end there for Philip, the British Film Institute gave him a Best Film Music award for his work on Tony Collngwoods’ Bafta-nominated ‘Rarg’ and the US International Animated Film Society commended him for ‘outstanding achievement in the field of animation’ for his music for ‘Daisy-Head Mayzie’, also for Collingwood O’Hare
Other features include ‘P.O.V.’ (Parallel Pictures); ‘Nothing Personal’ (British Screen/CannelFour Films); ‘The Kings Beard’ (CITV) and ‘Alive and Kicking’ for BBC Screen 1.
With a style that embraces everything from contemporary electronic scores to large scale choral and orchestral and quirky children’s drama, Philip was a natural choice for all 94 episodes of the award-winning tv series ‘Tracy Beaker’ as well as the Tracy Beaker feature, ‘The Movie of Me.’ Richard Bodgers Scoring The Last Showing
Richard Bodgers now scoring Phil Hawkin’s latest feature The Last Showing for The Philm Company. Lead cast include Robert Englund, Finn Jones, Emily Berrington and Keith Allen.
RICHARD HARTLEY TO SMA TALENT We are proud to announce that ‘Great Expectations’ composer Richard Hartley has joined SMA just as Mike Newall’s re-working of the Dickens classic goes on general release with a stellar cast including Helena Bonham-Carter and Ralph Fiennes . This is the sixth time Richard has collaborated with Mike Newell – the others being ‘Dance With A Stranger’, ‘An Awfully Big Adventure’, ‘The Good Father’, ‘Bad Blood’ and ‘Soursweet’.
Other major credits include Bertolucci’s ‘Stealing Beauty’, ‘The Life and Death of Peter Sellers’, ‘Rogue Trader’, Nic Roeg’s ‘Bad Timing’, ‘The Van’, directed by Stephen Frears, ‘A Thousand Acres’, starring Michelle Pfeiffer,and ‘Rough Magic’, starring Russell Crowe.
He won an Emmy for his score for Hallmark’s landmark tv film ‘Alice in Wonderland’, and other major tv credits include ‘Murderland’ , ‘Lion in Winter’, starring Glen Close and ‘Don Quixote’ – also both for Hallmark.
He worked with Richard O’Brien’s on his cult musical ‘The Rocky Horror Show‘ for which Richard was music arranger, musical director and principal musician – a role he repeated on the film for which he also wrote original music.
ROME BASED COMPOSER MARCO WERBA TO SMA Award winning film composer Marco Werba was born in Spain and later moved to Rome where he started his formal musical studies and where he is now based. In addition to Italian films he also scores US and UK movies and has a number of projects in development in all 3 countries.
He won the prestigious Colonna Sonora Award for his music for Zoo directed by Cristina Comencini; his score for Giallo, directed by Dario Argenta, won the Fantasy & Horror Award and the FantaFestival Award; and more recently he was awarded Italy’s Golden Globe and the Premio Cinema Click for his score for Native, directed by John Real. He has written the music for a number of historical dramas and he has also been involved in several horror/fantasy genre movies. Other credits include the thriller Nero Infinito, directed by Giogio Bruno; Le Lacrime di San Lorenzo for director Giampiero Caira; and Bellerofonte directed by Domiziano Christopharo.
Marco has composed a number of chamber and symphonic concert works including Adagio For The Victims of Auschwitz, Symphonic Tango, Cantus Superstium, Misterium, and Dark Symphony. He was recently a guest of the Republic of Belarus and attended a concert of some of the above works performed by the Gomle City Symphony Orchestra.
SAD DEATH OF PHIL STAGG I am very sorry to tell you that our dear friend and screenwriter client Phil Stagg finally succumbed Friday November 15, to the cancer that took his life. He died at home surrounded by his family to whom we extend heartfelt sympathies.
He was working on two screenplays when his condition worsened earlier in the year and had been unable to work for many months. His last completed script was Wodehouse’s War which dramatically chronicles the circumstances that led to the life sentence passed without trial on one of the world’s greatest humourists. Amid the hysteria of war, Wodehouse’s broadcasts from Berlin caused an international scandal still reverberating today. I have assured Phil’s family that we will continue our utmost efforts to bring this fine piece of work to the silver screen as a lasting reminder of his writing talent.
Phil was an established Fleet Street journalist for more than 20 years but gave that up to become a fulltime writer and director in both theatre and films. He was the founder and artistic director of the North West-based Arena Theatre Company, which gave a platform for the works of new writers. He is the author of five published plays, two of which – The Last Time I Saw Paris and Where The Brass Bands Play – won national playwriting awards.
He wrote and directed two full-length features, Barefooting and Deep Lies, both of which were screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Deep Lies, a co-production made at Pinewood Studios, is currently being marketed by Moving Pictures of America.
A very sad day … Olav
SAD DEATH OF PHIL STAG We are very sorry to tell you that our dear friend and screenwriter client Phil Stagg finally succumbed Friday November 15, to the cancer that took his life. He died at home surrounded by his family to whom we extend heartfelt sympathies. Please see News Archive for more details.
SCREENWRITER SINA BOWYER SIGNS TO SM Sina Bowyer is a screenwriter and producer and the CEO of Red Rug Productions. She has recently completed writing and producing Crude, a short eco-thriller with a cast and crew of more than 40, shot in London and directed by Charles Joslain. This is now in post-production and headed for the international film festival circuit.
She is also in pre-production on a Juicy Loot, a crime romantic comedy to be shot in New Mexico. Other completed scripts include White Royal, an action packed conspiracy thriller set between London and the Middle East; The Love Bus, a zany comedy about an implant to cure infidelity that the inventor and his team promote as they drive across California on a bus; Deadlined, a martial arts thriller; and Nefarious, a noir thriller with an Oscar shortlisted director already attached.
STAGG, Phil Before becoming a full-time screenwriter and director, Phil spent more than 20 years as a Fleet Street journalist, principally with the Daily Mail.
Since entering the film industry, he has written and directed two full-length features, Barefooting and Deep Lies, both of which were screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 and 2009 respectively. His screenplay Wodehouses’s War was optioned by the UK’s Corona Pictures and Olav Wyper is a co-producer on this film. Meanwhile Phil completed the screenplay of The Club 1948, a thriller set during the Berlin airlift, for the Munich based ART-OKO Film GmbH.
He was the founder and artistic director of the North West-based Arena Theatre Company, which gave a platform for the works of new writers. He is the author of five published plays, two of which – The Last Time I Saw Paris and Where The Brass Bands Play – won national playwriting awards.
The latter was made into a feature film, A Summer’s Tale. Set in 1958, it’s the story of a lonely, middle-aged man who belatedly finds love on a summer holiday but with a woman whose tormented past leads them both to heartbreak.
Screenplays In Development
Wodehouse’s War – feature film optioned by Corona Pictures: The film dramatically chronicles the circumstances that led to the life sentence passed without trial on one of the world’s greatest humorists. Amid the hysteria of war, Wodehouse’s broadcasts from Berlin caused an international scandal still reverberating today.
Bluesheart – feature film to be directed by Phil: The world of a passionate blues guitarist is turned upside down when he falls in love with a beautiful East European drug addict. He risks his life to help her escape the clutches of a vicious underworld gang.
The Tenth Wave – feature film to be directed by Phil: Set against the beautiful backdrop of the North Wales coast, this is the poignant story of a couple who, in the midst of a bitter divorce, rediscover their love for one another when their child is kidnapped.
SURI KRISHNAMMA’S DARK TOURIST PREMIERS LA & LONDON Vision Entertainment’s movie ‘Dark Tourist’ premiered in LA on August 6 attended by stars Michael Cudlitz and Melanie Griffith and director Suri Krishnamma. The movie hit the No 1 spot on iTunes for most popular trailer. Suri spent two days of tv and press interviews before returning to London for the UK premiere at the Empire Leicester Square on August 25 as part of the Frightfest international fantasy and horror film festival. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with star Michael Cudlitz and Suri.
WRITER DOUGIE BRIMSON JOINS SMA Novelist and screenwriter Dougie Brimson’s 15 books have sold in excess of half a million copies in print and many more as downloads. The Crew topped the Amazon sports book download charts for over two years following its 2011 publication in eBook format, and the comedy Wings of a Sparrow which was initially an electronic release, was recently issued in print. 2014 will see the release of two new novels including the highly anticipated sequel to his best-selling comedy, Billy’s Log.
His first move into films was the critically acclaimed short It’s A Casual Life, followed two years later by the award winning Green Street for Odd Lot Entertainment and Lionsgate. May saw the release of his eagerly awaited second feature Top Dog, which he adapted from his own best selling novel of the same name.
Directed by Martin Kemp for Richwater Films/Universal Pictures, it won Best Feature at the British Independent Film Festival. His next feature, the urban revenge thriller We Still Kill The Old Way, is now shooting and is directed by Sacha Bennett for Richwater Films/Anchor Bay Entertainment.
Alexander Balanescu scored Wall To Wall’s recent BBC2 bodice ripper The Scandalous Lady W. Directed by Sheree Folkson and produced by Madonna Baptiste it starred Natalie Dormer, Aneurin Barnard and Shaun Evans.
Gill’s writing career follows a 20 year span as a senior business executive preceded by a stage and television acting career during which she featured in several prime time period dramas.
Her screenplays include Late Position, Owing, The Beneficiaries, A Loss of Perspective, Beyond the Lights – examining such topics as addiction, agoraphobia, friendship corroded by money, the farcical love-life of a film cast and the varying fortunes of some drama students. She has also adapted Michael Arlen’s iconic 1920s novel, The Green Hat.
A background in acting and poetry has resulted in her acute ear for dialogue. Her stories are often dark and always feature strong female protagonists. Her speciality is posing uncomfortable questions in original settings, as she travels down a bumpy road towards some unsettling answers.
Gill trained at Arts Educational and found her first job on a tour of Present Laughter with Peter Wyngarde. TV work included Flambards, Sister Dora, Clayhanger and the television movie Birth of a Nation, directed by Mike Newell. Theatre work included periods with Plymouth Rep and a Birmingham fringe company established and directed by Adrian Noble. She also wrote and performed poetry with a north London group.
Whilst temping between acting jobs, she was introduced to computing and accepted an offer to train as a programmer. She quickly moved via systems analysis into management. During 10 years with the US giant EDS, she was responsible for winning a succession of multi-million £ contracts and in her role as UK account manager for public sector business, managed substantial revenues and several hundred staff.
At this point, Gill and her husband put their careers on hold to take a sabbatical. They set off on a trip which began in Japan and ended in South Africa, via Fiji, New Zealand, Tasmania and Australia.
On her return, she left computing to pursue a life-long desire to write. At a creative writing summer school, she was immediately hooked by screenwriting. A number of accredited courses followed: Screenwriting 1 & 2 at the City Lit, Writing Television Drama at City University and invitation only workshops with the director Dictynna Hood.
Phil graduated from London Guildhall University with a BA Hons. Degree in Media Studies and started in the film industry as a runner, with Red Rooster Film & TV, in 1994. He quickly moved up the ladder within the Assistant Director ranks and now works as a 1st AD. He has worked all over the world and has had the benefit of learning from directors such as Joe Wright, Ken Loach, Tom Hooper, Robert De Niro, Simon Curtis, Andrei Konchalovsky, Steven Spielberg, David Mamet, Stephen Frears, Gurinder Chadha, Neil Marshall and Todd Haynes.
He has long wanted to write screenplays and started a while back and to date has completed two film scripts and has recently a 6-part comedy drama series Oh Brother.
He has worked on more than 35 features including Woman in Gold, The Imitation Game, The Book Thief, War Horse, Centurion, The Good Shepherd, Mrs Henderson Presents, Pride & Prejudice, Batman Begins, Bend It Like Beckham, The X-Files and countless tv dramas including Parade’s End, Fleming, Downton Abbey, Cranford, Blood and Oil, A Short Stay In Switzerland, Daniel Deronda, and Lorna Doone.