Dan BABOULENE – composer

Dan is a member of the BFI/BAFTA crew and brings an innovative and unique compositional voice to each project he works on.  Passionate about film music, he scored his first film at 16.  He obtained a music degree from Oxford University as a Leask Scholar and interned at Hans Zimmer’s Studio in Los Angeles with Henry Jackman’s company Sacred Tiger.

2022 will see the release of black comedy/romantic feature, The Art of Love, scored by Dan and fellow SMA composer, Dean Valentine as well as comedy feature, Swede Caroline (Belstone Pictures) and a new TV comedy 8-parter presented by Tom Allen entitled The Island.

2021 saw the release of Paul Dood’s Deadly Lunchbreak, starring Kris Marshall and Johnny Vegas, a hysterical comedy drama and for which Dan won the Best Music Award at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.  Ernie won the Best Short at the Los Angeles Film Awards. At the other end of the genre spectrum, Dan scored the trailer for Escape from Pretoria with Daniel Radcliffe. He also assisted David Rowntree and Ian Arber on their score for the BBC’s hit series, The Capture.

Dan wrote the music for Toby Paton’s VICE documentary, The Brexit Storm, which was broadcast on BBC2, and Jason Wingard’s comedy Eaten by Lions, was released nationwide at the end of March 2019 and continues to win awards.

Dan’s music was featured at the London Film Festival in Harry Lighton’s short, Leash, which was nominated in the Best Short category and Jason Wingard’s feature, In Another Life, won Best UK Feature at Raindance.  Another short, Andrew Toovey’s Only Child was nominated for a BAFTA Cymru Award, as well as winning the Top Shorts Best Score Award.  He worked for Ivor Novello winner, Joris de Man (Horizon Zero Dawn, Killzone 2) on the Horizon Zero Dawn Frozen Wilds Playstation soundtrack and he was on Joris’ team for the feature Chuck Steel.

His music has been used in commercials including Sainsbury’s, HSBC, Worldpay, 7IM, Anglo American and Edwardian Hotels.  He’s an affiliated composer of The West Pier Music Team, along with Peter Michael Davison, Joris de Man, Rob Lane and Lee Pepper.  He assisted Peter on the 2019 animated feature, Strike.

Website: danbaboulene.com

Dan’s IMDb page


Toronto After Dark Film Festival won Best Music for Paul Dood’s Deadly Lunchbreak

Los Angeles Film Awards won Best Short for Ernie

New Renaissance Film Festival, won Best Score for Third Quarter (2019)

Top Shorts Film Festival, Best Original Score for Only Child (2016)


Paul Dood’s Deadly Lunchbreak, dir Nick Gillespie, Belstone Pictures

Laura Kuensberg The Brexit Storm, dir. Toby Paton, Produced VICE GB, Distributed BBC 2.

Eaten By Lions dir. Jason Wingard. Feature starring Jack Carroll and Jonny Vegas. Produced Mecca Films. Distributed Lighthouse Films UK cinemas. **Winner Audience Award LIFF

Leash dir Harry Lighton. **Nominated Best Short London Film Festival.

In Another Life dir. Jason Wingard. **Winner Best UK Feature Raindance Film Festival, **Winner BIFA Discovery Award

Nyela’s Dream, produced by Paul McKenzie. Pilot for Sky. Became ‘The Athena,’ 26-part series for Sky.

Our Wales dir. Darragh Mortell.

The Case of Catelyn Burns dir. Toyah Frantzen * Official Selection AARETALER Kurz Filmtage 2019

Four Seasons of Feeling Foreign dir. Emily Poulter

Informer episodes 1-3, Composer’s Assistant to Ilan Eshkeri

Mortal dir. Donald Masi

Watership Down, Composer’s Assistant to Ilan Eshkeri

Vanity Fair, Composer’s Assistant to composed by Ilan Eshkeri episodes 1 and 2

Farming, Composer’s Assistant to Ilan Eshkeri

Making Friends dir. Ollie Wiggens.

Beauty and the Street- dir. Darragh Mortell.

Third Quarter dir. Jonny Dry. Produced Samuel Jay Chessell.

OK Mum dir. Eva Lanskay. Produced by Alex Marx. **Nominated Best Short Top Shorts Film Festival.

Promise dir. Nev Pierce

Dark side of the Sun dir. Samantha Michelle

Only Child dir. Andrew Toovey **Nominated BAFTA CYMRU Best Short, Winner Best score Top Shorts Film Festival

Rest dir. Eva Howells.

Wight- dir Zu Wight.

Three Step dir. Harry Lighton**Winner Best Short Oxford Film Festival

Fingers dir. Alex Marx produced by Savannah James Bahly

Going Under dir. Toby Paton **Nominated ‘Up and Coming’ London Film Festival

NB. Dan has also created music for lots of corporate content for brands including HSBC, Smiths, Worldpay, AB investment, 7IM, Rio Tinto, Moet Chandon, Edwardian Hotels, Sainsbury’s and Anglo American, to name a few. As this is corporate work they have not been included on this credit list which is a list of Dan’s narrative film work, but if you would like to see those films please get in touch.

SoundCloud – https://soundcloud.com/dan-baboulene

website, YouTube channel, vimeo- https://filmscores.uk/

Eaten By Lions Behind the Scenes from Emoticon on Vimeo.

10 minutes with Dan Baboulene