Daniel Pemberton

Daniel Pemberton – Composer Profile

Daniel Pemberton is an Ivor Novellowinning, multi Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-nominated composer who has regularly been cited as one of the most exciting and original new voices working in modern film scoring today.

Daniel’s recent work has included scoring the DC Films Birds of Prey, directed by Cathy Yan and starring Margot Robbie and Edward Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn, for which Daniel’s incredible jazz score was nominated for a Golden Globe. Other recent scores include the Richard Curtis-penned Danny Boyle-directed Yesterday, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, Warner Bros’ Ocean’s Eight, and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance for Netflix.

Daniel’s song, performed by Iggy Pop, from his score for the film Gold, starring Matthew McConaughey, was nominated for a 2017 Golden Globe Award – Best Original Song. The previous year he was nominated for Golden Globe Award – Best Original Score for Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet.

Drawing on a richly diverse set of influences, from English folk to hip-hop; nordic metal to musique concrete; Daniel’s score to Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword is a showcase of a composer unafraid to take risks and revel in pushing the boundaries of modern film scoring. His previous collaboration with Ritchie on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was critically lauded for its bold writing and innovative arrangements earning him – alongside the features Steve Jobs and the Cannes Palm D’Or nominee Mal De Pierres – a nomination for Film Composer of the Year at the 2016 World Soundtrack Awards. He was previously honoured as Discovery of The Year at the World Soundtrack Awards in 2014 for his work on The Counselor as well as the features Blood, In Fear, and Cuban Fury.

Having worked in British television for over two decades on countless Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning dramas and documentaries (such as Peep Show, Complicit, Upstairs Downstairs, Dirk Gently, Prey, Space Dive, Occupation, Desperate Romantics and Hiroshima) his big break into feature films came after Ridley Scott was so impressed with Daniel’s debut film score in 2011 for the period supernatural thriller The Awakening that he hired the him to score his feature The Counselor. The pair collaborated again on Scott’s first directorial foray into television, The Vatican, on the Watergate thriller Felt, produced by Scott, directed by Peter Landesman and starring Liam Neeson, and on All The Money In The World, starring Mark Wahlberg.

BIRDS OF PREYWarner Bros./ Clubhouse Pictures/ DC Films
Director: Cathy Yan
Producers: Sue Kroll, Margot Robbie, Brian Unkeless
Starring: Margot Robbie, Ewen McGregor
Director: Edward Norton
Producers: Michael Bederman, Bill Migliore, Gigi Pritzker, Rachel Shane, Robert F. Smith
Starring: Bruce Willis
*Golden Globe Nomination 2020 – Best Original Score*
YESTERDAYWorking Title Films / Universal
Director: Danny Boyle
Producers: Bernard Bellew, Tim Bevan, Danny Boyle, Richard Curtis, Eric Fellner
Starring: Himesh Patel, Lily James
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSEColumbia Pictures / Sony Pictures Entertainment
Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
Producers: Avi Arad, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Amy Pascal, Christina Steinberg
Starring: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Nicholas Cage, Liev Schreiber
*IFMCA Award Nomination 2019 – Best Original Score*
Director: Gary Ross
Producers: Steven Soderbergh, Susan Ekins
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blachett, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Rhianna, Helena Bonham Carter
ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLDScott Free Productions / Sony Pictures
Director: Ridley Scott
Producers: Chris Clark, Quentin Curtis, Dan Friedken, Mark Huffam, Bradley Thomas, Kevin J. Walsh, Ridley Scott
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Charlie Plummer
*IFMCA Award Nomination 2018 – Best Original Score*
MOLLY’S GAMEEntertainment One
Director: Aaron Sorkin
Producers: Mark Gordon, Matt Jackson, Amy Pascal
Starring: Idris Elba, Jessica Chastain, Kevin Costner
KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORDWarner Bros / Safehouse Pictures
Director: Guy Ritchie
Producers: Steve Clark-Hall, Akiva Goldsman, Joby Harold, Richard Suckle, Tory Tunnell
Starring: Jude Law, Charlie Hunnam
*IFMCA Award Nomination 2018 – Film Music Composition of the Year*
*IFMCA Award Nomination 2018 – Best Original Score*
FELTScott Free Productions / Endurance Media
Director: Peter Landesman
Producers: Marc Butan, Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Ridley Scott
Starring: Kate Walsh, Maika Monroe, Marton Csokas, Liam Neeson
GOLDBlack Bear Pictures
Director: Stephen Gaghan
Producers: Patrick Massett, Michael Nozik, Teddy Schwarzman, John Zinman
Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Matthew McConaughey
**Golden Globe Nominated for Best Track 2017 (‘Gold’ with Iggy Pop)**
Director: Nicole Garcia
Producers: Alain Attal
Starring: Marian Cotillard
STEVE JOBSUniversal Pictures
Director: Danny Boyle
Producers: Danny Boyle, Guymon Casady, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon, Scott Rudin
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogan, Jeff Daniels
*Winner 2015 HMMA Award for Best Original Score*
*Golden Globe Nominated for Best Original Score 2016*
THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.EWarner Bros. / Davis Entertainment
Director: Guy Ritchie
Producers: Steve Clark-Hall, John Davis, Jeff Kleeman, Lionel Wigram
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Henry Cavill, Elizabeth Debicki, Armie Hammer, Hugh Grant
THE COUNSELORScott Free Productions, Chockstone Pictures, Kanzaman, Nick Wechsler Productions
Director: Ridley Scott
Producers: Ridley Scott, Paula Mae Schwartz, Steve Schwartz, Nick Wechsler
Starring: Natalie Dormer, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, John Leguizamo, Nicki Minaj, Goran Visnjic, Rosie Perez, Bruno Ganz
***HMMA Nominated for Best Film Score 2013***
CUBAN FURYBig Tak Porducations
Director: James Griffiths
Producers: James Biddle, Nira Parks
Starring: Nick Frost, Chris O’Dowd, Olivia Colman, Rashida Jones, Ian McShane, Rory Kinnear, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Alexandra Roach
THE VATICANScott Free Productions
Director: Ridley Scott
Exec Producers: Paul Attanasio, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker
Starring: Matthew Goode, Anna Friel, Ewan Bremner, Rebbecca Ferguson, Bruno Ganz
BLOODIM Global/Momentum
Director: Nick Murphy
Producers: Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Nick Laws
Starring: Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Paul Bettany (Da Vinci Code) and Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity)
THE AWAKENINGStudioCanal/Origin Pictures
Director: Nick Murphy
Producers: Sarah Curtis, David M. Thompson
Starring: Rebecca Hall (Frost/Nixon) and Dominic West (The Wire)
GHOST RECON: ALPHAUbisoft Motion Pictures/Little Minx
Director: Francois Alaux and Herve De Crecy (Oscar winners – Logorama)
Producers: Rhea Scott, Ridley Scott, Frederick Thonet
Starring: Charlotte Rampling
IN FEARFilm4/Big Talk Productiions
Director: Jeremy Lovering
Producers: James Biddle, Nira Park (Attack The Block, Hot Fuzz, Shaun Of The Dead)
COMPLICITMany Rivers Film
Director: Niall MacCormick
Producers: Jolyon Symonds, Kevin Toolis
Starring: David Oyelowo (Jack Reacher, The Help, Rise of the Planet Of The Apes, Last), Stephen Campbell Moore (History Boys)
Director: Rob Lemkin
Producer: Thet Sambatch
Sundance Festival 2010 – Special Jury Prize, BIFA – Best Documentary,
Oscar – Best Documentary Shortlist
Television Drama
(scored with Samuel Sim)
The Jim Henson Company / Netflix
Director: Louis Leterrier
Producers: Ritamarie Peruggi
(scored with Simon Ashdown and Will Slater)
Nutopia / National Geographic
Directors and Producers: Nick Shoolingin-Jordan, Graham Booth, Nat Sharman, Nic Stacey, Alice Jones, Christopher Riler
Starring: Will Smith (narration)
*HMMA Award Nomination 2018 – Best Original Score*
(series 4 episode 2)
Netflix Director: Toby Haynes
Producer: Charlie Brooker, Ian Hogan
Starring: Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti
*2018 Emmy Nomination – Outstanding Music*
*HMMA Award Nomination 2018 – Best Original Score*
Director: Nick Murphy
Producer: Laurie Borg
Starring James Nesbitt (Bloody Sunday) and Stephen Graham (This Is England)
FIPA Gold D’Or Grand Prize – Best Original Soundtrack 2010
Royal Television Society Nomination – Best Original Score 2009
Director: Dearbhla Walsh
Producer: Julia Stannard
Starring Daniel Mays (Tintin) and Anna Friel (Limitless)
Director: David Belton/Bruce Goodison
Producer: Colin Barr
Starring Kenneth Branagh, Art Malik, Tom Conti and Toby Jones
Director: Euros Lyn
Producers: Nikki Wilson
Starring Eileen Aitkins (The Hours), Adrian Scarborough (The Kings Speech)
Director: Paul Gay
Producer: Ben Evans
Starring Rafe Spall (Prometheus) and Aidan Tapper (The Hobbit)
Ivor Novello WINNER – Best Television Soundtrack
Royal Television Society Nomination – Best Title Music 2009
Director: Tom Shankland
Producer: Chris Carey
Starring Stephen Mangan (Billy Elliot, (Episodes), Helen Baxendale (Friends)
Director: Jeremy Lovering
Producer: Ben Evans
Starring: Nick Frost (Shaun Of The Dead) and Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men)
Director: Chris Durlacher
Producer: Neil Houston
Starring Robert Pattison (Twilight) and Julian Sands (24, Ocean's 13)
Director: Gareth Edwards (Monsters)
Producer: Mark Hedgecoe
Starring Rory McCann (Hot Fuzz) and Allen Leech (Rome)
Director: Ian Duncan
Producer: Oliver Morse
Starring Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) and Lesley Sharp (Vera Drake)
Director: Nick Murphy
Producer: Nick Murphy
Starring Tom Burke (State Of Play) and Rob Brydon
Director: Paul Wilmshurst
Producer: Jules Hussey
Starring Lucy Cohu (Gosford Park)
EMMY Winner
Directors: Becky Martin, Tristram Shapeero, Jeremy Wooding
Producers: Philip Clarke, Robert Popper, Izzy Mant
Starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb (Mitchell and Webb)
BAFTA/ Royal Television Society Winner
Director: Chris Durlacher
Producer: Andrea Cornwell
Starring John Simm (Life On Mars) and John Lynch (Bleak House)
Enemies Of The People - Feature Doc - 2010 - 90mins - SUNDANCE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE. Hiroshima - BBC1 - 2005 - 90 Mins - EMMY/BAFTA WINNER. Between Life And Death - BBC1 - 2010 - 60 Mins - BAFTA/GRIERSON/RTS WINNER. George Orwell: A Life In Pictures - BBC2 - 2003 - 1 X 90 min -BAFTA/EMMY/GRIERSON WINNER. SAS: Embassy Seige - BBC1 - 2002 1 X 90mins - RTS/BAFTA/GRIERSON AWARD WINNER. The King Of Communism - 2002 - BBC4 - Little Bird - GRIERSON AWARD WINNER.
Video games
The Movies - PC/Mac - Lionhead Studios - BAFTA NOMINATION: BEST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK. Little Big Planet - Playstation 3 - Media Molecule - BAFTA NOMINATION: BEST ORIGINAL OST. Kinect Adventures - Xbox360 - Microsoft Games Studios 2ND BIGGEST SELLING XBOX 360 TITLE.