Happy New Year!

So it’s that time again, back to work after a fabulous couple of weeks visiting friends and family and generally over indulging in mince pies and old movies.

Before I get stuck in to 2019, I really must pay my respects to 2018; professionally it was a fantastic year for me so I’ve made a list of some of the highlights. Thanks to all the superb creative folk I’ve worked with and as always to the audiences who tune in to their TV’s and turn up at the Cinema.


In January, I won the pitch to create a brand new score for Casualty - a huge undertaking of 47 episodes no less! Now in its 33rd season, the BBC One show is the longest-running emergency medical drama in the world and this latest series kicked off with nail-biting scenes as several main characters battled for their lives following an explosive cliff-hanger. I have absolutely loved working on this show and with Series Producer Lucy Raffety and the great team of Producers and Directors. I’m about half way through this series and officially hooked!

The score features strings by Richard Curran and is mixed by Rich Aitken and I’m so pleased with the work we’re doing. Writing music for a scene where TV legend Sharon Gless drills into a man’s head in a pub definitely counts as one of 2018’s memorable moments


Below is a clip from Episode 1 and a few cues from later in the series…


I wrote the score for a super exciting new drama series, London Kills, from Executive Producer Paul Marquess, who I have worked with previously on several projects including Suspects. With the UK’s capital city as it’s backdrop, London Kills is about a team of top murder detectives and stars Hugo Speer and Sharon Small. I had so much fun writing for this gripping tension fuelled show, teaming up with mixer Rich Aitken again - I can’t wait to share it with you but for now here’s an audio clip…


I also worked on a couple of shorts this year, Bully for my long-time collaborator, Director Jake Graf and Absolution for Director Calan Smith. There was also brilliant news for Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote, a short film starring Lenny Henry and Wunmi Mosaku. I wrote the music for the project in 2017 and Director Christiana Ebohon-Green collected the award for Best in Fest at the prestigious Triforce Film Festival in November 2018 - an excellent result.



I was honoured to appear on the panel on composing for Film and TV for BBC Introducing Live along with fellow composers Carly Paradis and Harry Escott, Composers’ Manager for Manners McDade, Ruby Wasmith and Head of Creative, Television for my Publisher Music Sales Creative, Louisa Rainbird. It was a wonderful event and so great to take questions and chat to budding new composers and artists.

I was asked to contribute to two articles for the PRS M-Magazine. Read all about it!




I got to work with Director Campbell X, Writer/Producer Jacquie Lawrence and Producer Fizz Milton AKA Team DFG again on more episodes of this fabulous web series about a group of lesbian and bisexual women whose lives and loves revolve around children, marriage, betrayal and divorce. Here’s one of my favourite cues from the show.


I wrote and recorded my first full library album for Bosworth Music. The album was borne out of my personal passion for all things Science Fiction and features essential soundscapes for Science, Space, Drama and anything spooky and creepy. Expansive beds, drones, haunting piano and voices, pulsing anticipation and dark discovery. Two tracks also feature vocals from the superb diva Katherine Ellis.



3 Films screening at East End Film Festival 2018

Wow! Thrilled to announce that 3 short films that I've scored have made the official selection for the prestigious East End Film Festival 2018.

Support directed by Christiana Ebohon-Green is included in the You Don't Know What To Do programme showing at Stratford East Picturehouse on April 12th. Two estranged siblings are forced together to face a crucial decision – should their father’s medical treatment be withdrawn.

Also directed by Christina Ebohon-Green, Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote has been nominated for Best UK Short and screens at Rich Mix on April 25th in the Keep The Family Close programme and then again with the other Best UK Short contenders on April 29th at The Castle Cinema. When 13 year old Ivie starts speaking in Shakespearean verse her friends find it weird and her mother is outraged.

Epilogue, directed by Layke Anderson screens at Rich Mix on April 25th in the Who Run The World? programme. A portrait of a woman following a single act of violence.

I'm proud to have contributed to 3 very different dramas. Do check them out if you can. Tickets available from the links above

Teaser for Heather Has Four Moms

Really happy to share the teaser for new short film Heather Has Four Moms

When four radical lesbian mothers, raising a child separately and together, discover their heterosexual daughter’s promiscuous exploits, who has the guts to have “the talk”? Can four moms come to terms with Heather’s blossoming sexuality and negotiate their parental rites and responsibilities? Will one of them have the nerve to talk to their daughter about sex and birth control before they have to talk pregnancy and abortion?

Because ... sometimes a girl just needs her mothers.

Heather Has Four Moms is the inaugural project for Crone Heights Productions, the product of Jeanette L. Buck, Rani Deighe Crowe and Bonnie Rae Brickman. It's been a particular joy to be involved in this film as Crone Heights’ mission is to put more women in front of and behind the camera producing diverse stories that otherwise might not be told.

It's also been my first opportunity to work with U.S based director Jeanette Buck and that's been an insightful and rewarding experience. I have not done a lot of comedy before so this has been a new challenge for me and with Jeanette's direction, I think we've got a fun score that really supports this fresh story. Please check it out!




A very creative 2017...

As the year draws to a close and I've had the work's Christmas drinks (me + wife and dog at the local pub followed by chips and curry sauce on the stagger home), I've been looking back on some of the fantastic projects I've been involved with in 2017. I've also put together a playlist, that I hope is a treat for you, of this year's new compositions at the end of this blog.

Some brilliant new creative partnerships were spawned this year: writing music for two short films directed by Christiana Ebohon-Green, Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote and Support; the web series Different For Girls for director Campbell X; the short film Epilogue for director Layke Anderson and two specially commissioned pieces by furniture designers , The Apartment for their installation at Milan Design Week and Recollections for London Design Festival.

It's also been a joy continuing to work with my existing drama collaborators on numerous projects including promo work for BBC Holby City, pilots for PGMTV and the viral short film Headspace for director Jake Graf.

A key new relationship for me in 2017 was signing to independent music publisher Music Sales. Louisa Rainbird, Lucy Bright, Susan Tilly and the rest of the team have been really supportive and I'm looking forward to our future together.

One of the other highlights of the year has to be attending Sheffield Doc Fest. It's an insane five days of early starts, cool parties, interesting workshops, more parties, meals on the hop, lots of films, yet more partying and hardly any sleep! Aside from being really inspiring and energising, it was great to hang out with my fellow Women In Film and TV Mentees of 2016, Producers Cathy Heffernan, Rachel Heywood, and Editor Zeb Achonu, lots of wonderful new inspiring people and of course the aforementioned fabulous Louisa Rainbird

2018 is already looking rather good; I'll be kicking off with new episodes of Different for Girls and going on to first time collaborations on three short films with directors Jeanette Buck, Calan Smith and Sophie Gueydon. I'll also finally be able to unveil a project I've been working on for quite some time now that includes tracks featuring the fabulous diva herself, Katherine Ellis.

All very exciting!

Heartfelt thanks to everyone I've worked with and all those wonderful people who keep turning on their TVs and going to the cinema. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Justine x

Great review for Epilogue.

Such a lovely buzz to read this very favourable review of Epilogue, a short film that I scored earlier this year for writer/ director Layke Anderson. It was my first time working with Layke and I must say the project was a joy to be involved in. We seemed to find common ground instantly and just creatively clicked, which was brilliant. It's a dark subject, told with the greatest subtlety that is so captivating.

You can read the full review here - so nice that the music gets a mention :-)

The score is a bed of synths and cello, it has a warped, eerie distinctly uncomfortable feel and has very minimal melody - it's all about the texture, that's something that I really love to put detail into.

You can listen to the full score on my LISTEN page, under the heading FILM.

Here's the trailer to the movie...




London Short Film Festival 2018

I'm really happy to announce that 2 short films I have scored are screening at London Film Festival in January.

Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote, directed by Christiana Ebohon-Green and starring Lenny Henry screens on Monday 15th January at 6.30pm at Curzon Soho in the Lost In Translation selection.

Fatima Koroma and Wunmi Mosako in Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote.

Fatima Koroma and Wunmi Mosako in Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote.

When 13 year old Ivie starts speaking in Shakespearean verse her mother takes her to church to be ‘cured’. But when Ivie calls the Pastor 'a vile toad' her mother seeks professional help. A therapist with an equally encyclopedic knowledge of the bard engages Ivie in a Shakespeare face-off on the stage of the National Theatre and the reasons for Ivie’s obsession are uncovered.

Dusk, written and directed by Jake Graf also screens at Curzon Soho on Sunday 21st January, 1.30pm in the 'Highly In/Visible' selection.

Elliot Sailors and Victoria Emslie in Dusk

Elliot Sailors and Victoria Emslie in Dusk

Growing up in 1950s England in an intolerant and uninformed world, young Chris Winters struggles to fit into the gender roles dictated by wider society. A more than tough childhood left behind, Chris meets dream woman Julie, and life lightens a little, but the growing feeling that theirs is a life half lived haunts Chris. Endlessly imagining what might have been, Chris is finally struck by the realisation that for some decisions there is no right answer, and that it's those that truly define us.


Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote screens at Encounters and Aesthetica.


Some Sweet...

 hits the festivals!

This beautiful short film directed by Christiana Ebohon-Green and starring Lenny Henry has got off to a great start on the festival circuit, screening last week at Encounters Short Film Festival and soon to be seen as part of the Creative England Showcase at Aesthetica Short Film Festival. Look out for it at a cinema near you soon!

In the mean time, here's a couple of music cues I wrote for the film...

Music for Sé at London Design Festival 2017

Delighted to announce that once again I've been commissioned by luxury furniture designers, .

During this year’s annual London Design Festival, European furniture brand Sé, known for its elegant and characterful collections by leading international designers, presents ‘Sé Savoir Faire’, a celebration of French craftsmanship, art and design.

I was asked to write a bespoke piece to be played as design collectors and enthusiasts visit 's flagship showroom, located in the heart of London’s Brompton Design District on the Fulham Road. The track is gently uplifting but also evoking feelings of nostalgia. Take a listen...

The track is part of 2 new piano works I've called Recollections. You can hear the first in the series here.

Both tracks are available for sync licensing through my publisher Music Sales Creative.

Dusk - UK premiere at East End Film Festival

Dusk, the latest short I've scored for writer/ director Jake Graf has it's UK premiere at the super cool East End Film Festival on June 17th.

Growing up in 1950s England in an intolerant and uninformed world, young Chris Winters struggles to fit into the gender roles dictated by wider society. A more than tough childhood left behind, Chris meets dream woman Julie and life lightens a little, but the growing feeling that theirs is a life half lived haunts Chris. Endlessly imagining what might have been, Chris is finally struck by the realisation that for some decisions there is no right answer, and that it's those that truly define us.

Dusk kicks off the shorts selection 'New Queer Visions: Two's Company'. For tickets and further details, see the link below.


Music for Milan Design Week

So happy to let you know this week my music is being played at Milan Design Week! I was commissioned by luxury furniture designers, to write a piece of music for their exhibition space.

From 4th-9th April, European design brand Sé transforms its dedicated space into an apartment to spark conversation; a showcase of pieces from three collections in four different rooms – a Lounge, Dining Room, Dressing Room and Salon.

The music is a conceptual piece which creates an ambient, nostalgic mood with subtle sounds of apartment life, doors opening, birds singing by the window, a glass of wine being poured.

Take a listen to the track and please do check out their wonderful collection.

The Lounge.

The Lounge.