Category Archives: Film

March for Dignity wins Best Feature Documentary at Brighton Rocks Films Festival

Great news that March for Dignity was awarded Best Feature Documentary at the Brighton Rocks Film Festival (shared with No One Uses Typewriters Anymore).

The festival will take place online from 10th-18th August and can be watched here.

Seahorse nominated for John Grierson prize

Seahorse nominated for a Grierson award

Brilliant news that Seahorse has been nominated for Best Single Documentary in the John Grierson British Documentary Awards

Mark Kermode plays music from March for Dignity

Mark Kermode Scala Radio show

Mark Kermode played more of my music again on his recent Scala radio show, with two cues from March for Dignity — the title track Tbilisi and March of Dignity

Bifa names me in top five female composers

It was a lovely surprise to see I’d been named by British Independent Film Awards as one of their Top 5 female composers, alongside Nainita Desai, Anne Nitiken, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch and Penelope Trappes.

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US release of Seahorse

Seahorse

In time for Father’s Day, Seahorse has been released digitally in the US and Canada. It is available to watch on all major Video on Demand platforms. Here‘s a lovely review from the New York Times.

New trailer for March for Dignity documentary


Ready for Pride month, there is a new trailer for March for Dignity, the film I finished scoring earlier in the year. It will be shown as Tbilisi’s contribution to Global Pride , a worldwide online event in place of pride marches, on 27 June.

 

New music for Cinematic Choir production album

First Contact, Cavendish Music

I have several tracks on the newly released Cinematic Choir albums, produced by Cavendish Music. This was my first time writing production music, and it was such a great project to work on – I was really given free creative reign!

The music was recorded by the Latvian Radio Choir in Riga (I was on my composing residency at the Britten Foundation so listened in remotely) and by Shards in London.

The release consists of three albums  — Odyssey, Rituals and First Contact. For the latter I composed Gold on the Horizon and Floating Hordes, where I layered various phrases and motifs, sometimes digitally manipulated, to create eerie, otherworldly textures and atmosphere.

New feature documentary completed

 

Just before lockdown I finished the music for a fantastic new feature documentary, March for Dignity, directed by John Eames. The film follows a group of activists trying to organise a Pride march in Tbilisi, Georgia, where they face constant and sometimes dangerous opposition.

For the score I recorded live trumpet, strings and drums.

News coming soon about the film’s release.

More music on Mark Kermode Scala radio show

Mark Kermode Scala Radio show

For the third time Mark Kermode will play some of my music on his film music show on Scala Radio. Today, Saturday 22 February, 1-3pm, available for a week online.

Mark plays film classics, current cinema score releases and also champions less-known composers (like me!) A few weeks ago he played two cues from Poppies and today it’s two mostly electronic tracks, ‘Lost in London’ from My Friend the Polish Girl and ‘Penny’ from Crocodile.

Screening of I Do Not Want to Smoke short film

On 6 February there  is a screening of I Do Not Want to Smoke, a fascinating short film by Steven Sheil. Towards the end of last year I composed a solo piano score for the film, which is based on a Soviet script, published in 1936 but never produced.

The unprecedented ‘war on smoking’ unleashed in early Soviet Russia combined anti-tobacco propaganda with innovative cessation therapies. One of the most distinctive methods developed by the Soviet state to combat smoking and cultivate healthy habits and behaviours was film hypnotherapy.

I Do Not Want to Smoke brings to life one of the world’s first experiments in using the cinema as a means of psychotherapeutic treatment. The film showcases the techniques used to educate the public about the dangers of nicotine and to impart mass suggestions about smoking cessation.

Funded by the Wellcome Trust, I Do Not Want to Smoke sheds light on the intersection between cinematic technology, medicine, and programmes of mind/body transformation.

Steven produced & directed IDNWTS with Dr Anna Toropova, a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, who will introduce it in Bristol as part of a project called Life Of Breath.

6 February 2020, 5.30 PM – 6 February 2020, 6.30 PM, Room G5, 3-5 Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1TB

More screenings coming soon!