Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s production of The Secret Theatre, directed by Matthew Dunster, is getting great reviews at London’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, as is Alexander Balanescu’s brilliant score for Anders Lustgarten’s Elizabethan espionage thriller. The music has been described as “Hitchcockesque”.
Nick Green composing the score for Andy De Emonny’s Dave Allen: At Peace for Kudos Film & TV; Peter Davison scoring feature animation film Strike, starring Bill Nighy; Ian Arber scoring feature Redcon-1 for Apocalypse Pictures; Alexander Balanescu composing the music for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s Secret Theatre; Ian Arber & David Rowntree scoring feature documentary The Story of Motown for Fulwell 73 alongside music supervisor Michelle De Vries.
Congratulations to composer Natalie Holt on her RTS Nomination for her brilliant score for Phillippa Lowthorpe’s Three Girls. Meanwhile the Kudos tv film The Boy With The Topknot airs 9 pm Monday November 13 on BBC 2. Journey’s End premiered in October at The London Film Festival and Pin Cushion opened The Venice Film Festival.
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.
Casting underway on Dougie Brimson’s Three Greens to be directed by Ali Sade for M Films. It is a modern day reworking of the classic ‘The League Of Gentleman’. A group of ex-RAFservicemen use the skills accrued during their military careers to steal 30 million Euro’s from a commercial flight via a remote landing.
Henrik Lindstrand nominated for “outstanding score – drama for Scandi English language series“Ø”at the LA Webfest 2017. Currently working on international drama series Greyzone.
Writer/director Daniel is currently editing his debut feature film Opus Zero starring twice Oscar Nominated Hollywood star Willem Dafoe. Producer is Julio Chavezmontes for Piano Films with co-stars Brontis Jodorowsky (Dance Of Reality) and Irene Azuela (Miss Bala). He has two further projects in development.
Daniel’s debut feature film Opus Zero, starring twice Oscar Nominated Hollywood star Willem Dafoe, will premiere this winter. Producer is Julio Chavezmontes for Piano Films alongside Brontis Jodorowsky (Dance Of Reality) and Irene Azuela (Miss Bala). Based on Daniel’s original screenplay, Opus Zero is the story of Paul, a composer who retreats to a remote village in Mexico where his father recently died, looking for inspiration to rekindle his music career but a sudden obsession with the fate of a woman who disappeared 30 years earlier proves more dangerous than he ever imagined.
He has two further projects in development, The Obscure Life of the Grand Duke of Corsica, also with Willem Dafoe attached, and Acromegaly, the story of a man on the run in 1920s France and Spain who suffers from the rare disfiguring disorder of acromegaly.
He wrote and directed several short films in Australia and France, most notably the French language thriller Deadlake for Adagio Films and distributed by Nouchka Films in 2009 and La Foret in 2006. In 2011 he worked as UK Line Producer on Carlos Reygadas’ Post Tenebras Lux which won many awards including Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival 2012 and was also nominated for the Palme d’Or. It was the dedication, professionalism and passion of his Mexican production colleagues that inspired Daniel to set Opus Zero in rural Mexico.
Before becoming a film director Daniel worked in film distribution for both Artificial Eye and Axiom Films in London after moving from Australia to work for Picturehouses Cinemas. In addition to this, his work as a film critic has appeared in The International Film Guide and Enthusiasms magazine as well as filmmaker interviews with Mike Leigh, Theo Angelopoulos, Bela Tarr, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Alexander Sokurov, Aki Kaurismäki, Claire Denis, Jacques Audiard, Olivier Assayas, Todd Solondz for Curzon Cinemas, ICA London and Artificial Eye.
Daniel has some impressive admirers:
“Daniel’s work is both elegiac and disturbing, it stays with you the way poetry does”
Olivier Assayas, Oscar Best Foreign Film Director Personal Shopper Cannes 2016
“Daniel has something truly rare, a unique style”
Aki Kaurismäki, Oscar & Bafta winning Director Le Havre, Man Without a Past
“I’m convinced that Opus Zero will be as powerful, original and rich as Daniel’s previous films”
Philippe Carcassonne, BAFTA Nominated Producer CoCo Before Channel
“Daniel possesses a style that is quite unique and conceptually bold.”
Timothy Burrill, Producer The Pianist and Le Vie En Rose
More info about Opus Zero
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.
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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.