Anne Dudley

Anne Dudley – Composer Profile

AnneDudley_portHaving studied at the Royal College of Music and Kings College, Anne went on to become a founding member of the avant-garde group Art of Noise with Trevor Horn, as well as arranging and producing for artists such as Tom Jones, Elton John, Pulp, Phil Collins, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Seal, Travis and more recently Robbie Williams and Will Young on his number 1 single “Leave Right Now”.Anne’s film scoring career was launched after her brilliant score to the British film Buster, starring Julie Walters and Phil Collins. Since then she has score produced the highly anticipated Vertigo Films musical feature, Walking On Sunshine, and the Working Title film adaptation of the wildly successful stage musical Les Miserables. Anne’s film score credits now include Paul Schrader’s The Walker starring Woody Harrelson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Lauren Bacall; Tony Kaye’s controversial Oscar nominated feature for New Line Cinema, American History X; Paul Verhoeven’s acclaimed World War II film Black Book; Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game and Mike Newell’s Pushing Tin, starring John Cusack, Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett and Billy Bob Thornton. Anne won an Oscar for her score to Peter Cattaneo’s The Full Monty, now the highest grossing film in the UK of all time. The soundtrack won a BRIT at the 1998 awards and is also a triple platinum album. Anne’s recent film projects include Paul Verhoeven’s French feature Elle, and Away, starring Timothy Spall.

This experience of working on all sides of the music profession has led to her becoming one of the most sought after composers of her generation. There are not many composers who have won an Oscar, a Grammy, a Brit and a Billboard award! Perhaps the best way to describe Anne’s approach is to quote the director Paul Verhoeven from his comments on the soundtrack CD cover:

“When I had to choose a composer for Black Book, I was listening to an enormous amount of soundtracks. It was then that I discovered a composer who had been working in very many different styles: Anne Dudley. That is very important to me, a composer who can completely adapt to the movie, who is able to change her style radically because the movie scores are very different, such as American History X, The Full Monty or The Crying Game… On top of that, listening more precisely to Anne’s scores, I realized the beauty of her orchestrations. The subtlety in her transitions – often necessary when you do a film score, where you have to go back and forth between action, suspense and dialogue, which all have to be orchestrated in a different way. And then to find a composer who likes Stravinsky, Shostakovich, John Adams and Ravel, all of my favourite classical composers. I asked Anne to do my score and gave her the script. She liked it and wrote the most wonderful music…….dynamic and romantic, harsh and tender, charming and tragic! Her score brought my movie to another level, gave it a heart and soul.”

Anne is in demand in many areas of the creative industries, most recently with the BBC Electric Proms 30th Anniversary of Saturday Night Fever, as music director, working with Robin Gibb and an array of performance stars. October also saw the premiere of Sam Taylor Wood’s latest audio-visual work at the White Cube gallery, with original music by Anne.

In 2002, Anne was the first composer appointed in association with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Her first commission was Music and Silence, an orchestral score based on scenes from Rose Tremain’s novel, which received its premiere at the orchestra’s 50th Birthday Celebration Concert at the Royal Festival Hall in September 2002. With the BBC Concert Orchestra she has recently collaborated with top UK comedian Bill Bailey at three sell-out live shows at the Royal Albert Hall featuring Bailey’s unique comedic talents and music co-written by Bill and Anne. She also collaborated again with Stephen Fry last Christmas for a wonderfully witty new pantomime of Cinderella, starring Sandi Toksvig. The show aired at the Old Vic with creative director, Kevin Spacey.

Anne’s first solo album, Ancient and Modern, was released on Echo Records in the UK, and EMI Angel in the USA, in 1995 to critical acclaim. Her second album, A Different Light, including a classical arrangement of Moments In Love, was released in 2002.

For television, Anne has scored the classic series Jeeves and Wooster, The Commander, written by Lynda La Plante and directed by Gillies MacKinnon, and Trial and Retribution, produced by Jolyon Symonds. More recently she scored both BBC TV films based on David Walliams’ best-selling books, The Boy in a Dress and Billionaire Boy, starring Jennifer Saunders, James Buckley and Kate Moss, Sky’s silent comedy drama, Ruby Robinson, and both seasons of the hugely successful 8-part BBC drama, Poldark, for which Anne has been nominated for two consecutive BAFTAs.

Film
ELLEGetaway Films
Directors: David Blair
Producers: Michael Knowles, Terry Stone, Richard Turner
Starring: Juno Temple, Timothy Spall
*2017 César Award Nomination: Best Original Score*
AWAY SBS Productions
Directors: Paul Verhoeven
Producers: Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel Merkt
Starring: Isabelle Huppart
WALKING ON SUNSHINEVertigo Films
Directors: Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini
Producers: Caroline Levy, Allan Niblo, James Richardson
Starring: Greg Wise, Leona Lewis
LES MISERABLES(Score Producer)
Working Title Pictures
Director: Tom Hooper
Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Cameron Mackintosh
Composer: Claude Michel Schonberg
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Helena Bonham-Carter, Russell Crowe, Sasch Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne
THE WALKERPathé
Writer and Director: Paul Schrader
Producer: Deepak Nayar
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Kristin Scott Thomas
LAKE OF FIREAnonymous Content
Director: Tony Kaye
Producer: Tony Kaye
BLACK BOOKSony Pictures
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Producer: Jeroen Beker
PERFECT CREATURE20th Century Fox
Director: Glenn Standring
Producer: Michael Cowan
Starring: Dougray Scott
TRISTAN AND ISOLDEScott Free Productions
Director: Kevin Reynolds
Producer: Moshe Diamont, Lisa Ellzey, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott
Starring: James Franco, Sophia Myles, Rufus Sewell
ASCAP Award: Top Box Office Films
BRIGHT YOUNG THINGSRevolution Films
Director: Stephen Fry
Producers: Gina Carter, Miranda Davis
Starring: Michael Sheen, Emily Mortimer, Jame McAvoy
A MAN APARTNew Line
Director: F. Gary Gray
Producers: Bob Degus, Vincent Newman
Starring: Vin Diesel
THE GATHERING Samuelson Productions
Director: Brian Gilbert
Producer: Pippa Cross
Starring: Christina Ricci, Ioan Gruffudd
THE HUMAN BODYBBC IMAX FILM
Director: Christopher Spencer
Producers: Richard Dale, Sandra Gregory
LUCKY BREAK Fragile Films / FilmFour
Director: Peter Cattaneo
Producers: Peter Cattaneo, Elinor Day, Barnaby Thompson
Starring: James Nesbitt, Olivia Williams, Timothy Spall
MONKEY BONE20th Century Fox
Director: Henry Selick
Producers: Michael Barnathan, Mark Radcliffe
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Bridget Fonda
THE MIRACLE MAKER ABC
Directors: Derek W. Hayes, Stanislav Sokolov
Producer: Naomi Jones
PUSHING TIN20th Century Fox
Director: Mike Newell
Producer: Art Linson
Starring: John Cusack, Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie
AMERICAN HISTORY XNew Line Cinema
Director: Tony Kaye
Producer: John Morrissey, John Hess, David McKenna
Starring: Edward Norton
THE FULL MONTY Fox Searchlight
Director: Peter Cattaneo
Producer: Uberto Pasolini, Paul Bucknor, Polly Leys
Starring: Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson
Oscar Winner: Best Original Score (Musical or Comedy)
Brit Award: Best Film Soundtrack
Bafta Nominated: Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music
HOLLOW REEDScala / Channel Four Films
Director: Angela Pope
Producer: Elizabeth Karlsen
Starring: Joely Richardson
WHEN SATURDAY COMESGuild
Director: Maria Giese
Producers: James Daly, Christopher Lambert
Starring: Sean Bean, Pete Postlethwaite
THE GROTESQUEJ and M Entertainment
Director: John-Paul Davidson
Producer: Trudie Styler, Stephen Evans
Starring: Alan Bates, Sting, Lena Headey
THE SADNESS OF SEXSkyvision Partners
Director: Rupert Wainwright
Producers: David Lancaster, Rupert Maconick
FELIDAESenator Film produktion
Director: Michael Schaack
Producer: Hanno Huth
THE CRYING GAMEScala
Director: Neil Jordan
Producer: Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlson
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson
ASCAP Award: Top Box Office Films
KNIGHT MOVESCinevox Filmproduktion GmbH
Short written and directed by Dan Weldon
THE POPE MUST DIEMiramax
Director: Peter Richardson
Producer: Stephen Woolley
Starring: Robbie Coltrane
SILENCE LIKE GLASS Bavaria Films
Director: Carl Schenkel
Producers: Michael Rohrig, Carl Schenkel
SAY ANYTHINGGracie Films
Director: Cameron Crowe
Producers: Richard Marks, Polly Platt
Starring: John Cusack
WILT LWT
Director: Michael Tuchner
Producer: Brian Eastman
Starring: Griff Rhys Jones, Mel Smith, Alison Steadman
BUSTER NFH Productions
Director: David Green
Producer: Norma Heyman
Starring: Phil Collins, Julie Walters, Larry Lamb
Brit Award: Best Film Soundtrack
HIDING OUTDe Laurentiis Entertainment Group
Director: Bob Giraldi
Producer: Jeff Rothberg
Television
POLDARK
(series 1 & 2)
BBC
Director: Edward Bazalgette, William McGregor, William Sinclair
Producer: Damien Timmer, Eliza Mellor, Margaret Mitchell
Starring: Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson
*2015 BAFTA Nomination: Best Original Score*
*2016 BAFTA Nomination: Best Original Score*
RUBY ROBINSONSky / King Bert Productions
Director: Matt Lipsey
Starring: Kim Cattrall, Mike Wozniak
BILLIONAIRE BOYBBC
Director: Matt Lipsey
Producer: Jo Sargent, Joanne Hanley
Starring: Warwick Davis, David Walliams, Catherine Tate
THE BOY IN A DRESSBBC
Director: Matt Lipsey
Producer: Francis Gilson, Jo Sargent
Starring: Tim McInnerny, Jennifer Saunders, Kate Moss, James Buckley, David Walliams
ABOVE SUSPICION: DEADLY INTENTLa Plante Productions
Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Producer: Hugh Warren
Executive Producers: Lynda La Plante, Liz Thorburn
ABOVE SUSPICION: THE RED DAHLIALa Plante Productions
Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Producers: Chris Clough, Lynda La Plante
Executive Producer: Liz Thorburn
COMMANDER: THE ABDUTIONLa Plante Productions
Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Producers: Lachlan MacKinnon, Liz Thorburn
TRIAL AND RETRIBUTIONLa Plante Productions
XX, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX
Ivor Novello Nomination 2009: Best TV Soundtrack (2008)
WHATEVER LOVE MEANSGranada Television
Director: David Blair
Producer: Jolyon Symonds
Starring: Laurence Fox, Olivia Poulet
THE KEY Little Bird Productions / BBC
Director: David Blair
Producer: Sue Austen, Donna Franceschild
Starring: Ronni Ancona
Ivor Novello Nomination: Best Soundtrack
THE 10TH KINGDOMHallmark
Directors: David Carson, Herbert Wise
Producer: Brian Eastman
DONOVAN QUICKBBC
Director: David Blair
Producer: Sue Austen
Starring: Colin Firth
CRIME TRAVELLERBBCIvor Novello Nomination: Best Soundtrack
KAVANAGH Q.CCarlton UK
Directors: Paul Greengrass, Renny Rye, Colin Gregg
Producers: Ted Childs, Chris Kelly
Starring: John Thaw
ANNA LEECarnival Films / LWT
Directors: Christopher King, Peter Barber-Fleming
Producers: Brian Eastman, Sarah Wilson
JEEVES AND WOOSTER Carnival Films / ITV
Director: Ferdinand Fairfax, Simon Langton, Robert Young
Producer: Brian Eastman, Sally Head
Starring: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
BAFTA Nomination: Best Original Television Music
THE PERFECT BLUEBBC
Director: Kieron J. Walsh
Producer: Elinor Day
Arrangements
ABC, Wham, Phil Collins, Tom Jones, Rod Stewart, Annie Lennox, Seal, Cher, Elton John, Des’Ree, Lord Of The Dance, Tina Turner, Jimmy Nail, Boyzone, The Spice Girls, Pulp, Travis, Robbie Williams
Co-Writing
ABCOn the album Lexicon of Love
Malcolm McClaren and Trevor HornBuffalo Gals and Duck Rock
Art Of NoiseFour albums including Beat Box and Moments In Love
Jeff BeckThe Pope Must Die
Five StarOn the album Luxury of Life
Cathy DennisToo Many Walls
Alison MoyetVoice
Debbie HarryDebravation