Benjamin Wallfisch

Benjamin Wallfisch – Composer Profile

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Composer of David F. Sandberg’s box office #1 film Shazam!, Andy Muschietti’s two IT and IT Chapter Two, the most successful horror film of all time, and co-composer of Denis Villeneuve’s acclaimed Blade Runner: 2049 (with Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer), Benjamin Wallfisch has worked on over 75 feature films and has received Golden Globe®, BAFTA®, 2x GRAMMY® and  Emmy® nominations.

Projects include Neil Marshall’s Hellboy, Academy Award Best Picture nominee, Hidden Figures directed by Ted Melfi (in collaboration with Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer) and David F. Sandberg’s box office hits Annabelle: Creation and Lights Out. On the invitation of Zimmer, he wrote ‘Variation 15’, based on Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Variations, for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.

In recent years, Benjamin has also scored Gore Verbinski’s A Cure For Wellness, the Steven Spielberg produced short film Auschwitz, directed by James Moll, King Of Thieves, starring Michael Caine and directed by James Marsh; and Steven Knight’s Serenity, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. He also scored Hostile Planet, a six-part series for National Geographic, garnering him a 2019 Emmy® nomination.

After graduating from London’s Royal Academy of Music in 2002, Benjamin made his scoring debut at the age of 24, scoring Thomas Vinterberg and Lars von Trier’s Dear Wendy resulting in his first nomination as ‘Discovery of the Year’ in the 2005 World Soundtrack Awards. His subsequent score, for Rupert Wyatt’s suspense thriller The Escapist earned him his first of two nominations at the Ivor Novello Awards and his second nomination in the World Soundtrack Awards.

With over 25 albums of his music released to date on labels including Deutsche Grammophon and Epic Records, Benjamin has performed live in over 100 concerts worldwide, leading orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony at venues including the Hollywood Bowl, Sydney Opera House and Royal Festival Hall. He has collaborated, recorded and performed his music with artists including Lang Lang, Herbie Hancock and Yuja Wang, and has over 50 concert music commissions to his name.

He has also collaborated three times with Pharrell Williams, including a live performance at the 2015 GRAMMY Awards and recently partnered with Adele, arranging her 2017 GRAMMY performance of George Michael’s ‘Fast Love’.

A member of the BAFTA® Academy since 2009, Benjamin was appointed an  Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2014. In 2017, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Film
SHAZAM!Warner Bros
Director: David F. Sandberg
Producers: Peter Safran
Starring: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grainger
HELLBOYLionsgate
Director: Neil Marshall
Producers: Lawrence Gordon, Carl Hampe, Lloyd Levin, Matthew O’Toole
Starring: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane
THE VANISHINGMad As Birds / Protagonist Pictures
Director: Kristoffer Nyholm
Producers: Gerard Butler, Maurice Fadida, Sean Marley
Starring: Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan
SERENITYGlobal Road Entertainment
Director: Steven Knight
Producers: Guy Heeley, Steven Knight, Greg Shapiro
Starring: Diane Lane, Matthew McConaughey
KING OF THIEVESWorking Title Films
Director: James Marsh
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Michelle Wright
Starring: Michael Caine, Charlie Cox, Michael Gambon, Ray Winstone, Jim Broadbent
***IFMCA Award Nominated: Best Original Score***
THE DARKEST MINDS20th Century Fox / 21 Laps Entertainment
Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Producers: Dan Levine, Shawn Levy
Starring: Bradley Whitford, Mandy Moore
BLADE RUNNER 2049
(co-composed with Hans Zimmer)
Alcon Entertainment
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Producers: Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Cynthia Sikes, Bud Yorkin
Starring: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Ana de Armas, Mackenzie Davis
***2018 BAFTA Nomination: Best Original Score***
ITNew Line Cinema / Warner Bros
Director: Andrés Muschietti
Producers: Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, Roy Lee, Dan Lin
Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard
***2018 Ivor Award Nomination: Best Original Film Score***
ANNABELLE: CREATIONNew Line Cinema / Warner Bros
Director: David F. Sandberg
Producers: Peter Safran, James Wan
Starring: Lulu Wilson
A CURE FOR WELLNESS20th Century Fox / Regency Films
Director: Gore Verbinski
Producers: David Crockett, Arnon Milchan, Gore Verbinski
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Celia Emrie
HIDDEN FIGURES
(co-composed with Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer)
20th Century Fox / Levantine Films
Director: Theodore Melfi
Producers: Peter Chernin, Donna Gigliotti, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe
***2016 Golden Globe Nomination: Best Original Score***
BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
(additional music)
Warner Bros
Director: Zack Snyder
Producers: Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams
LIGHTS OUTWarner Bros / Grey Matter Productions
Director: David F. Sandberg
Producers: Lawrence Grey, Eric Heisserer, James Wan
Starring: Teresa Palmer
BOBBYEntertainment One
Director: Ron Scalpello
Producers: Sarah Arnott, Matt Lorenzo, Bennett McGhee
WITHINThe Safran Company
Director: Phil Claydon
Producers: Rick Alvarez, Peter Safran
Starring: Michael Vartan, Nadine Velazquez
MULLYSterling Light Productions
Director: Scott Haze
Producers: Lukas Behnken, Scott Haze, Elissa Shay
BITTER HARVESTDevil’s Harvest Productions
Director: George Mendeluk
Producers: Chad Barager, Jaye Gazeley, Roman Kindrachuk
Starring: Max Irons, Barry Pepper, Samantha Banks, Terence Stamp, Emilia Fox
GAMBAArad Productions
Director: Tomohiro Kawamura, Yoshihiro Komori
Producer: Avi Arad
PRESSUREBigscope Films
Director: Ron Scalpello
Producers: Laurie Cook, Alan McKenna, Jason Newmark
Starring: Matthew Goode, Danny Huston
12 YEARS A SLAVE (Additional Music)Regency Enterprises / River Road Ents / Plan B
Director: Steve McQueen
Producers: Dede Gardiner, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dwight Henry, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Chris Chalk
THE THIRTEENTH TALEHEYDAY FILMS / BBC
Director: James Kent
Producers: David Heyman, Norma Heyman
Starring: Olivia Coleman, Vanessa Redgrave, Emily Beecham, Antonia Clarke, Alexandra Roach, Steven Mackintosh
BHOPAL: A Prayer For RainRising Star Ents
Director: Ravi Kumar
Producers: Ravi Walia
Starring: Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton
DESERT DANCER Crossday Productions
Director: Richard Raymond
Producers: Luis Astorquia, Pippa Cross, Izabella Miko
Starring: Frida Pinto, Tom Cullen
HAMMER OF THE GODSDirector: Farren Blackburn
Producers: Rupert Preston, Huberta Von Liel
Starring: Charlie Bewley, Clive Standen, James Cosmo
***Nominated for Best Song in a Film HMMA Awards 2013***

***2013 WSA Discovery Of The Year Award***
HOURSThe Safran Co
Director: Eric Heisserer
Producers: Peter Safran
Starring: Paul Walker, Genesis Rodriguez
SUMMER IN FEBRUARYCrossday Productions
Director: Chris Menaul
Producers: Jeremy Cowdery, Pippa Cross, Janette Day
Starring: Dominic Cooper, Dan Stevens, Emily Browning
***WINNER HMMA Award for Best Score - Special Feature Film 2013***

***Nominated IMFCA Award for Best Score - Film Drama 2013***
CONQUEST 1453Aksoy Film
Director: Faruk Aksoy
Producers: Faruk Aksoy
DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVEFarenheit films
Director: Luisa Pretolani
Producers: Vikki Scott, Mark Wolfe
Starring: Selma Blair, Richard Dreyfuss
ALL THAT WAY FOR LOVEFuture Films
Director: Henry Mason
Producers: Oliver Royds, Giles Skilicorn, Henry R Swindell
THE RITE(Additional Music)
Warner Bros Pictures
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Producers: Janniferm Davison Killoran, Alex Mace, Julie Yorn
Composer: Alex Heffes / Brian Reitzell
Starring: Anthony Hopkins
RED RIDING HOOD (Additional Music)
New Line Cinema
Director: Mikael Hafstrom
Producers: Beau Flynn, Trpp Vinson
Composer: Alex Heffes
Starring: Amanda Setfried, Gary Oldman, Virginai Madsen, Julie Christie, Max Irons
MOON(Opening music)
Liberty Films
Director: Duncan Jones
Producers: Stuart Fenegan, Trudie Styler
Composer: Clint Mansell
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey
BREAKING THE MOULDBBC
Director: Peter Hoar
Producers: Pier Wilkie
Starring: Dominic West, Denis Lawson, Oliver Dimsdale, Joe Armstrong, John Sessions
Television
HOSTILE PLANETNat Geo / Plimsoll Productions
Writer: Bruce Kennedy
Producers: Guillermo Navarro, Delbert Shoopman, Martha Holmes, Tom Hugh-Jones
THE ENFIELD HAUNTINGEleven Films
Director: Kristoffer Nyholm
Producer: Adrian Sturges
Starring: Matthew Macfadyen, Timothy Spall, Julia Stevenson
Orchestration and Arrangement
JANE EYRERuby Films
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Producers: Alison Owen, Paul Trijbits
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Jamie Bell, Sally Hawkins
LIFE IN A DAYYou Tube/Hanway Films
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Producers: Liza Marshall
EAT PRAY LOVEColumbia Pictures
Director: Ryan Murphy
Producers: Dede Gardner
Starring: Julia Roberts, Billy Crudup, James Franco
ROBIN HOOD Universal Pictures
Director: Ridley Scott
Producers: Russell Crowe, Brian Grazer
Starring: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Maz Von Sydow, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Danny Huston
EVERYBODY'S FINEMiramax
Director: Kirk Jones
Producers: Vittorio Checci Gori, Ted Field, Glynnis Murray, Gianni Nunari
Starring: Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell
DOGHOUSECarnaby International
Director: Jake West
Producers: Mike Loveday
Starring: Noel Clarke, Danny Dyer
MUTANT CHRONICLESEdward R Pressman Films
Director: Simon Hunter
Producers: Stephen Belafonte, Tim Dennison, Peter La Terriere, Pras, Edward R Pressman
Starring: Ron Perlman, Sean Pertwee, Jon Malkovitch
AGORAMod Productions
Director: Alejandro Amenabar
Producers: Alvaro Augustin, Fernando Boveira
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella
THE SOLOIST Dreamworks SKG
Director: Joe Wright
Producer: Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff
Starring: Robert Downey Jnr, Jamie Foxx
THE BRAVE ONEWarner Bros Pictures
Director: Neil Jordan
Producer: Susan Downey, Joel Silver
Starring: Jodie Foster
ATONEMENTUniversal Pictures
Director: Joe Wright
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Brenda Blethyn, James McAvoy. Kiera Knightley
GOODBYE BAFANABanana Films
Director: Bille August
Producers: Bille August, Bob Graham
Starring: Joseph Fiennes, Diane Kruger
SHROOMS Capital Films
Director: Paddy Breathnach
Producers: Paddy Macdonald, Robert Walpole
Starring: Jack Huston
ERAGONFox 2000 Pictures
Director: Stefan Fangmeier
Producers: Jon Davies, Wyck Godfrey
Starring: Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Robert Carlyle, Ed Speeler
MISS POTTERPhoenix Pictures
Director: Chris Noonan
Producers: David Kirschner, Mike Medavoy, Arnold W Messer, Cory Sienega, David Thwaites
Starring: Renee Zellwegger, Ewan Macgregor, Emily Watson, Bill Paterson
THE RETURNRoset Film Productions
Director: Asif Kapadia
Producers: Aaron Ryder, Jeffrey Silver
Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar
COPYING BEETHOVENSidney Kimmel Ents
Director: Agniezska Holland
Producers: Sidney Kimmel, Michael Taylor
Starring: Ed Harris, Diane Kruger
V FOR VENDETTAWarner Bros Pictures
Director: James McTeigue
Producers: Grant Hill, Lorne Orleans, Joel Silver, Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski,
Starring: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving
OPAL DREAMAcademy Features
Director: Peter Cattaneo
Producers: Lizzie Gower, Nick Morris, Emile Sherman
NANNY MCPHEE Universal Pictures
Director: Kirk Jones
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lindsay Doran
Starring: Emma Thompson, Colin Firth
THE BROTHERS GRIMMMiramax
Director: Terry Gilliam
Producers: Daniel Bobker, Charles Rovin
Starring: Heath Ledger, Matt Damon
PRIDE AND PREJUDICEFocus features
Director: Joe Wright
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster
Starring: Kiera Knightley, Tallulah Riley, Rosamund Pike, Carey Mulligan, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland, Matthew Macfayden
BEYOND THE GATESCrossday
Director: Mochael Caton Jones
Producers: David Belton, Pippa Cross, Jens Meurer
Starring: John Hurt, Hugh Dancy
SONS OF THE WIND (Les Fils Du Vent)Dan Films
Director: Julien Seri
Producer: Yves Marmion
CHASING LIBERTYAlcon Ents
Director: Anton Cadiff
Producers: Broderick Johnson, Andrew A Kosove, David Parfitt
Starring: Mandy Moore, Jeremy Piven

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