Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote screens at Encounters and Aesthetica.

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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.

http://www.eastendfilmfestival.com/programme-archive/new-queer-visions-twos-company/

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.

World Premiere of Different For Girls at BFI Flare

This Friday 17th March, BFI Flare Film Festival will present the world premiere of Different For Girls, the brand new drama from award-winning British director Campbell X.

The 12 part web series based on Jacquie Lawrence’s indie hit novel of the same name screens at 8.45pm in NFT1 and will be available online from 6pm the following day. This is the first time Flare have ever screened a web series and it's hugely exciting that they've made it the centrepiece for the Festival. The series is set in West London and features cast including Rachel Shelley (The L Word) Guinevere Turner (American Psycho, Go Fish) and my regular collaborator Jake Graf.

It was an absolute joy to write the score for this series and I also provided 6 original songs featured in the soundtrack too. I look forward to sharing clips of the music with you soon but in the meantime, watch the trailer here...

https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Flare/Online/differentforgirls

 

Headspace goes viral!

Absolutely thrilled by the reaction to Headspace, the powerful new short from Jake Graf. The film was released by Huff Post UK last week, as part of LGBT+ History Month and has already had over 2 million views. Headspace looks at some of the daily struggles encountered by trans people and features an all trans cast.

This is the fourth film I've scored for Jake and it's always a real pleasure to work on his projects. I think we have common interests in wanting to tell the stories we hear about less often in popular culture and always seeking to champion acceptance, understanding and equality for all.

You can read the full article and watch the film on Huff Post UK here and listen to the music track below,

Update from the studio...

Happy new year! It's not too late to say that, right? I've been super busy so far this winter and have barely had time to come up for air. Anyway, I thought I'd let you know about some of the exciting projects I'm currently working on...

Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote - short film

This wonderfully original short film from Scoop Films boasts a stellar cast including Sir Lenny Henry and Wunmi Mosako. It's written by Moya O’Shea, directed by Christiana Ebohon-Green and is supported by funds from Creative England and BFI NET.WORK.

Exasperated by her daughter Ivie’s refusal to converse in anything other than Shakespearean verse, Esosa resorts to psychoanalysis for a cure. The psychiatrist and her therapist struggle for a solution until a full-on Shakespearean quote-off on a theatre stage uncovers the real reason for Ivie’s affliction.

Dangerous Game - feature film

It's been an absolute pleasure scoring the directorial debut feature from Richard Colton. This gangster thriller is set in Essex and stars Calum Best who also co-produced the film with Amar Adatia. Due for release in June, the trailer will be out very soon.

Dusk - short film

My third collaboration with the very talented writer/ director Jake Graf, Dusk tells the story of Chris, a transgender man looking back on his life and the decision he made not to medically transition and live his life as a woman. As Chris imagines what might have been, he comes to realise for some decisions there is no right answer and that it's those that truly define us. This powerful film stars Elliot Sailors, Duncan James and Victoria Emslie.

Different For Girls - web series

12 part web drama featuring a group of lesbian, bisexual women and gay men whose lives and loves revolve around children, marriage, betrayal and divorce. That is not to say that there isn’t room for drink, drugs, sex and dancing. There is. Just not in front of their partners and children. Set in Chiswick, the women are the real lesbian housewives of West London! Adapted from the brilliant novel by Jacquie Lawrence and directed by Campbell X, Different for Girls stars Rachel Shelley, Victoria Broom, Guinevere Turner and many more!

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Winner of Best Composer at Underwire 2016!

I was absolutely thrilled to receive the award for Best Composer at Underwire Film Festival on Saturday night at Genesis Cinema.

The award, sponsored and selected by the Musicians Union, was for the score of Dawn, which I wrote and produced for director Jake Graf last year. Here's what they had to say...

"The soundtrack captured the story and matched the visuals in such an ideal way. The music entwines the dialogue, evoking mental images of its own, but still fitting within the complete film without totally over powering it with music - a very good balance.  This music of emotional movement alongside the storyline, whilst enhancing it also supported totally the sometimes complex narrative, thereby an equal musical journey, both emotional, atmospheric and approached with sensitivity throughout. A very good score."

Underwire is the UK’s only film festival celebrating female filmmaking talent across the crafts. Now in its seventh year, Underwire has become a BAFTA recognised festival working with some of the best independent cinemas in London, including Genesis Cinema, BFI Southbank, ArtHouse Crouch End and Barbican.

On Sunday all the winning films were screened again at BFI Southbank and I took part in a Q&A afterwards - all in all a very inspiring experience. Thanks so much to Underwire, the Musicians Union, Jake Graf and all the cast and crew of Dawn.