Magnus Fiennes

Magnus Fiennes – Composer Profile

MagnusF-biogMagnus Fiennes is a British composer, record producer, songwriter and creator of music-driven entertainment. He has written music for over a hundred hours of film, television and videogames and has worked with recording artists as diverse as Shakira, Tom Jones, Neneh Cherry, Massive Attack, Morcheeba, Marriane Faithfull, Bryan Ferry and Pulp.

Magnus’s film scores include Onegin (1999), Chromophobia, (2005), Donkeys (2007), The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology (2011) and several animated features such as Casper’s Scare School (2006) and Here Comes Peter Cottontail (2005). He has written and produced additional music for Johnny English (2003), Five Seconds To Spare (2000), The Next Best Thing (2000) and Addicted To Love (1997).

TV work includes long-running UK primetime shows such as Death In Paradise (2011-2017), Hustle (2004- 2012) Murphy’s Law (2005-2007) and The Fixer (ITV 2006-7). Other TV serials include Injustice (2008), The Last Enemy (2005), and Five Days (2007), winner of best music at Reims International TV awards 2008. He has composed music for over 200 commercials including campaigns for Coca Cola, Lotus, Caesar’s Palace, Barclays Bank, Kraft, Cadbury’s, Estee Lauder, Ford and Sega. He has also written music for Nintendo’s Game-Boy console.

Magnus’s career began in pop music. He co-wrote and co-produced much of All Saint’s eponymous 1997 album including UK number one hit Never Ever. Further seminal productions include the Fat Les 1998 World Cup anthem Vindaloo (UK no. 2), Dot Allison’s album 1999 Afterglow (leading to collaboration with Massive Attack on songs for Luc Besson’s Danny The Dog), and Australian singer Alex Lloyd’s platinum album ‘Watching Angel’s Mend’ which was ARIA nominated for Producer Of the Year in 2002. Magnus is also known for shaping the crossover sound of the biggest-selling string quartet in history, controversial ‘sex and violins’ all-girl act Bond for whom he wrote and produced on three platinum-selling albums between 2002 and 2010.

Magnus created and produced the $20 million music-driven animated TV show Freefonix (2007) for BBC Worldwide. Over a hundred songs were written for the series and forty half-hour episodes aired globally. Freefonix was nominated Best Animated Kid’s Show at Annecy Film Festival in 2008.
Recent work includes music for ground-breaking digital art platform SLO Image in 2011 which exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum and a collaboration in 2013 with immersive theatre company Punchdrunk on music for their seminal National Theatre co-production The Drowned Man and in 2015, composing a series of concert works for the world’s largest stringed instrument, the Earth Harp.

Magnus is based between London and Los Angeles.

Television
HOOTEN AND THE LADY Red Planet
Director: Justin Molotnikov, Daniel O’Hara, Colin Teague, Andy Hay, Julian Holmes
Producer: Candida Julian-Jones, Jules Hussey
Starring: Michael Landes, Ophelia Lovibond
THE ARK BBC
Director: Kenneth Glanaan
Producer: Jules Hussey
Starring: Joanne Whalley, David Threlfall
DEATH IN PARADISE (Series 1, 2 & 3)Kudos / Red Planet
Director: Alrick Riley, Roger Goldby, Paul Harrison, Alfred Lot, Charlie Palmer, Keith Boak, David O’Neil
Producer: Matthew Bird
Starring: Ben Miller, Sara Martins, Danny John-Jules, Adrian Dunbar
INJUSTICE ITV
Director: Colm McCarthy
Producer: Eve Guttierez
Starring Charles Creed Miles, James Purefoy, Lisa Diveney
THE FIXER (Series 1 and 2) Kudos Productions/ITV
Director: Alrick Riley
Producer: Faith Penhale
Starring Andrew Buchanan, Jody Latham, Peter Mullan
HUSTLE (Series 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 & 7)BBC
Directors: Robert Bailey, Otto Bathurst, Bharat Nalluri
Alrick Riley, Minkie Spiro, John Strickland
Producers: Simon Crawford Collins, Karen Wilson
Starring Robert Vaughan, Adrian Lester
LAST ENEMYBox TV
Director: Ian B. Macdonald
Producer: Gub Neal
Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Carlyle
FIVE DAYSBBC / HBO
Director: Otto Bathurst
Producer: Paul Rutman
Starring Hugh Bonneville, David Olewayo
MURPHYS LAWBBC Northern Ireland / Tiger Aspect
Director: Colm McCarthy
Producers: Greg Brenman, Patrick Spence
Starring James Nesbitt
VITAL SIGNSTiger Aspect
Director: Charles Palmer
Producer: Kate Crowe
Starring Tamzin Outhwaite
PLEASURELAND Kudos Productions/Channel 4
Director: Brian Percival
Producer: Natasha Dack
Film
PERVERT’S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY BFI
Director: Sophie Fiennes
Producers: Katie Holly, Martin Rosenbaum, James Wilson
Featuring: Slavo Zizek
DONKEYSSigma Films
Director: Morag McKinnon
Producers: Gillian Berrie, Anna Duffield
CASPAR THE FRIENDLY GHOSTClassic TV
Producer: Evan Baily
Starring Jim Belushi, Bob Saget
CHROMOPHOBIARotholz Pictures/Isle of Man Film Commission
Director: Martha Fiennes
Producers: Ron Rothholtz, Tarak Ben Amar
Starring: Penelope Cruz, Ian Holm, Kristen Scott Thomas, Rhys Ifans, Damien Lewis
PETER COTTONTAIL 'THE MOVIE'Kapow Pictures
Director: Mark Gravas
Producers: Evan Baily, Ralph Guggenhiem
Starring: Roger Moore, Christopher Lloyd, Tom Kenny
ONEGINArtisan Films
Director: Martha Fiennes
Producers: Simon Bosanquet, Ileen Maisel
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Liv Tyler

Director: Martha Fiennes
Producers: Simon Bosanquet, Ileen Maisel
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Liv Tyler Winner at Tokyo Film Festival and BAFTA nominated
PREACHING TO THE PERVERTEDTTP Films
Director: Stuart Urban (BAFTA award winner)
Producers: Keith Hayley, Stuart Urban
Starring: Tom Bell, Guinevere Turner
SOUP Axis Films
Director: George Tiffin
Producer: Alex Winter
Starring: Trevor Eve, Alan Howarth
THE RECKONING Renaissance Films
Director: Paul McGuigan
Producer: Caroline Wood
Starring: Paul Bethany, Willem Dafoe, Brian Cox
Commercial Song Production / Song Writing
Magnus has been the musical force behind some of British pop music’s finest moments. From the rousing post-modern terrace chant ‘Vindaloo’ to The Spice Girls 1990’s chart invasion, He has worked with leading artists such as Pulp, Tom Jones and Morcheeba. In 1997 he produced the All Saints million seller single Never Ever - a No. 4 in the US and No. 1 throughout Europe; producing and co-writing on their eponymous multi-platinum selling album. As an in demand producer arranger programmer and re-mixer, Magnus has worked with a diverse range of artists including Jamelia, Jamie Foxx, Lenny Kravitz, Neneh Cherry, Bryan Ferry, Seal, Yello, David McAlmont, Ian McCulloch, Roland Gift, Nigel Kennedy, Trilok Gurtu, Damien Hirst and Dot Allison as well as pop acts such as the Spice Girls. He recently music directed the 2010/11 world tour, Shakira. He also composed and produced two multi-million selling albums from the controversial all-girl classical quartet Bond. Further work includes producing the double platinum ‘Watching Angels Mend’ for Australian singer songwriter Alex Lloyd a collaboration with prestigious Canadian violinist Lara St John on a ground-breaking album of ‘Bach With Beats’ for Sony Classical, and co-writing material with Massive Attack and The Sugababes. In addition Magnus has written and produced a number of featured songs creating title song for Paramount’s ‘Addicted to Love’ Madonna’s ‘Next Best Thing’ and Scala Pictures music biz satire ‘Five Seconds to Spare'Working Title’s Rowan Atkinson vehicle ‘Johnny English’. Magnus has written music for many major commercial campaigns including Coca-Cola, Ford, Pepsi Cola, Gordons Gin, Grolsh, Railtrack, Caesar’s Palace, Rover, Sega, Nintendo, Ferrero Rocher and Braun. As a keyboard player he toured extensively with blues guitar legend Gary Moore in an all-star line up with Pink Floyd’s Guy Pratt on bass and jazz luminary Gary Husband on drums.