Mark Russell

Mark Russell – Composer Profile

Mark Russell B&WMark’s most recent projects include The Worst Witch co-produced by the BBC, ZDF and Netflix, two series of Disney’s The Evermoor Chronicles, Castles In The Sky, a BBC film starring Eddie Izzard and Laura Fraser, the recent season of the BBC mini-series Rocket’s Island, series 6 & 7 of the BBC’s Inspector George Gently, and series 10 to 13 of the long running hit genealogy documentary Who Do You Think You Are. Prior to this Mark created a wonderfully inventive and dynamic score for the high concept conspiracy thriller feature, Event 15 from Ipso Facto Films, as well as Kindle Entertainment’s very popular, The Life and Adventures of Nick Nickleby for the BBC. Mark composed a beautifully touching score for the BBC’s Best Of Men, (for which he was nominated for an RTS Award for Best Music 2012), which told the incredible story of the founding of the Paralympics – starring Eddie Marsan, Rob Brydon and Niamh Cusack. Mark’s score for the hugely successful Kindle Entertainment series Leonardo, gained him a nomination for best TV music at 2012’s Ivor Novello Awards and won him the award for Best Music at the Kidscreen New York 2012 Awards.

Mark’s first drama work included his BAFTA nominated score to the hugely popular ITV series ‘Cold Feet’. His music for the Fine Line Movie ‘Saving Grace’ (a US Top Ten Hit) brought him attention on both sides of the Atlantic, and his soundtracks for two big budget Movies, ‘Summer Things’ (starring Charlotte Rampling) and ‘L’ex Femme de Ma Vie’ (including a title song with Jane Birkin) introduced him into the rarified world of French Film. He’s an extremely experienced dramatic composer equally at home with the Orchestra or with cutting edge electronics and samples. He works from his purpose built studio in Oxford.

Mark was a boy chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral and went on to read music at York University. As a session keyboard player he toured the world with Tanita Tikaram, Julia Fordham and the Chinese flautist, Guo Yue. After composing for many film and TV Commercials, Mark went on to score documentaries and dramas, including ‘Spiderman’ for Radio 1 in collaboration with Queen guitarist Brian May.

Mark scored 3 series of Kingdom for Parallel Pictures/ITV, starring Stephen Fry as a Norfolk solicitor. Further projects include Reunited for BBC1 and Love At First Sight, a short film starring John Hurt and Phyllida Law. Mark most recently completed scoring March Of The Dinosaurs, an epic CGI feature from Wide-Eyed Entertainment, the makers of Walking With Dinosaurs, and Leonardo for Kindle Entertainment/CBBC.

For the summer of 2007, Mark relocated to Los Angeles to work with Rupert Gregson-Williams on Jerry Seinfeld’s Dreamworks animation, ‘Bee Movie’. He then went onto score Andrew Lang’s award-winning feature, Sons Of Cuba.

Aside from composing, Mark has written an acclaimed book ‘Film Music’ (published by Rotovision), and for 17 years co-presented BBC Radio 3’s cult eclectic weekly music show ‘Mixing It’. The show reflected his wide musical interests; everything from Medieval to the latest electronic/jazz/rock sound.

Film
EVENT 15Ipso Facto Films
Director: Matthew Thompson
Producers: Christine Alderson, Thomas Sterchi, Lars Wiebe
Starring: Jennifer Morrison , James Frain,
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHTSpellbound Films
Director: Michael Davies
Producer: Sandra Gorel
Starring: John Hurt, Phyllida Law
Winner Best Short Film: Soho Rushes Festival 2011
Winner Best Short Film: RTS Awards 2011
SONS OF CUBATrinamite Productions / Windfall Films
Director: Andrew Lang
Producers: Andrew Lang, Laura Giles, Francine Heywood
WHAT'S VIRGIN MEAN?Spellbound Films / Michael Davies Films
Director: Michael Davies
Producer: Sandra Gorel
BEE MOVIE(Composer - Additional music)
Dreamwoks/Paramount Pictures
Directors: Steve Hickner, Simon J. Smith
Producers: Jerry Seinfeld, Christina Steinberg
Starring: Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger
L'EX-FEMME DE MA VIEWarner Bros France/Ice 3
Director: Josiane Balasko
Producer: Josiane Balasko, Louis Becker
Starring: Thierry Lhermitte, Karin Viard, Josiane Balasko
SAVING GRACEFine Line 2000
Written by Craig Ferguson & Mark Crowdy
Director: Nigel Cole
Producer: Mark Crowdy
Starring: Brenda Blethyn, Craig Ferguson, Martin Clunes
Sundance Film Festival Winner 2000
EMBRASSEZ QUI VOUS VOUDREZ (SUMMER THINGS)UGC/Dan Films 2002
Director: Michel BlancG
Producer: Yves Marmion, Julie Baynes
Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Michel Blanc, Carole Bouquet, Karin Viard
Television
THE WORST WITCHBBC / ZDF / Netflix
Director: Brian Grant
Producer: Lucy Martin
THE EVERMOOR CHRONICLESDisney
Directors: Chris Cottam, Jordan Hogg, Rebecca Rycroft, Graeme Harper, Steve Hughes, Paul Cotter, Patrick Harkins, Sarah Walker
Producer: Tim Compton
CASTLES IN THE SKY Black Camel Pictures / Hero Productions / BBC
Directors: Gillies Mackinnon
Producer: Simon Wheeler
Starring: Eddie Izzard, Laura Frazer, Julian Rhind-Tutt, David Hayman
ROCKET'S ISLANDIsle Of Man Films / Lime Pictures / BBC
Directors: Dirk Campbell
Producer: Lucy Martin
INSPECTOR GEORGE GENTLY
(Series 6 & 7)
BBC / Company Pictures
Director: Ben Bolt, Tim Whitby
Producer: Matthew Bird, Peter Norris
Starring: Martin Shaw
BEST OF MENWhitby Davison Prods / BBC
Directors: Tim Whitby
Producer: Harriet Davison
Starring: Eddie Marsan, Rob Brydon, Niamh Cusack
Nominated for RTS Craft Awards Best Original Music Score 2012.
LEONARDOKindle Entertainment / CBBC
Directors: Beryl Richards, Luke Watson
Producer: Bernard Krichefski
Executive Producers: Anne Brogan, Melanie Stokes, Sue Nott
Starring: Alistair McGowan
IVOR NOVELLO Award nomination for Best TV Music 2012
Kidscreen New York 2012: Best Music
THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICK NICKLEBYKindle Entertainment / BBC
Directors: David Innes Edwards
Producer: Susan Breen
Starring: Andrew Simpson, Adrian Dunbar
MARCH OF THE DINOSAURS Wide-Eyed Entertainment
Director: Matthew Thompson
Executive Producer: Jasper James
REUNITEDBBC
Director: Simon Delaney
Producers: Rosemary McGowan, Mike Bullen
CORONATION STREET: OUT OF AFRICAITV
Director: Duncan Foster
Producer: Gavin Blyth
Executive Producer: Kieran Roberts
BAD MOTHER'S HANDBOOKRuby Films
Director: Robin Sheppard
Producer: Alison Owen, Harry Oulton
Starring: Catherine Tate, Anna Read
BONKERSLime Pictures / ITV
Director: Juliet May, Jim Doyle, Rob Evans
Producer: Hugh Warren
Starring: Liza Tarbuck
KINGDOMSeries 1, 2 & 3
Parallel Productions / ITV
Director: Robin Sheppard, Metin Husseyin, Sandy Johnson
Producer: Georgina Lowe, Simon Wheeler
Starring: Stephen Fry, Tony Slattery, Hermione Norris, Celia Imrie
ANGEL CAKECelador
Director: Simon Daleney
Producer: Stephen Garwood
Starring: Sarah Lancashire, Rita Tushingham
ALL ABOUT GEORGEGranada
Director: Euros Lyn, Jeremy Webb
Producer: Lucy Bedford
Starring: Rik Mayall
CHERISHEDBBC
Director: Robin Sheppard
Producer: Polly Hill
Starring: Timothy Spall, Sarah Lancashire
NORTHERN LIGHTSGranada
Directors: Tony Dow, Paul Seed
Producer: Spencer Campbell
MURDER CITY Series 1 & 2Granada
10 x 90
Directors: Richard Spence, Ian Knox, Sam Miller
Producers: Francis Hopkinson, Mark Hudson
Starring: Amanda Donahoe, Kris Marshall
DONOVAN - Series 1 & 2 Granada
5 x 90
Director: Simon Delaney, Keiran Donnelly
Producer: Spencer Campbell
Starring: Tom Conti, Samantha Bond
ROSE & MALONEY - Series 1Company Pictures
6 x 60
Directors: Ferdinand Fairfax, Roger Gartland, Andrew Grieve
Producer: Catherine Wearing
Starring: Sarah Lancashire, Phil Davis
BETWEEN THE SHEETSYorkshire TV
6 x 60
Written by Kay Mellor
Director: Robin Sheppard, Jane Prowse
Producers: Yvonne Francas, Kay Mellor
Starring: Brenda Blethyn, Alun Armstrong, Julie Graham
THE RETURN Sally Head Productions/ITV
1 x 90
Director: Dermot Boyd
Producer: Keith Thompson
Starring: Julie Walters
EUSTACE BROTHERS (Series 2)BBC
6 x 60
Directors: David Innes-Edwards, Rob Evans
Producer: Polly Hill
Starring: Neil Morrissey, Ralf Little
COLD FEET - 5 seriesGranada/ITV
27 x 60 and 5 x 90
Written by Mike Bullen
Directors: Declan Lowney, Mark Mylod, Nigel Cole, Tom Hooper,
Tom Vaughan, Pete Travis, Simon Delaney, John Jones, Tim Whitby, Ciaran Donnelly, Tim Sullivan
Producers: Christine Langan, Spencer Campbell, Andy Harries
Starring: Helen Baxendale, James Nesbitt, Faye Ripley
PLAYING THE FIELD - 3 seriesTiger Aspect/BBC
20 x 60
Written by Kay Mellor
Director: Dermot Boyd, David Innes-Edwards, Alrick Riley
Producer: Kathleen Hutchison, Liz Steele, Greg Brenman
LUCKY JIMWorking Title TV/ITV/WGBH Boston/Universal Television
Written by Jack Rosenthal
Director: Robin Sheppard
Producer: Sanne Craddick
Cast: Stephen Tomkinson, Keely Hawes, Robert Hardy,
Dennis Lawson
FAT FRIENDS - Series 2Tiger Aspect/Yorkshire TV
7 x 60
Written by Kay Mellor
Director: Dan Zeff, Audrey Cook, Tanya Diez
Producers: Yvonne Francas, Kay Mellor
Cast: Alison Steadman
PASSION KILLERSGranada TV/ITV
Director: David Evans
Producer: Christine Langan
Cast: Ben Miller
WONDERFUL YOUHartswood/ITV
7 x 60
Director: Matt Lipsey
Producer: Beryl Vertue, Elaine Cameron
Cast: Greg Wise
THE PRINCE OF ATLANTISBBC Children's TV/Ravensburger TV/Canal Plus
Computer animation series
26 x 30
Producer: Theresa Plummer-Andrews
IS IT LEGALHartswood TV/ITV
Written by Simon Nye
Producer: Beryl Vertue
Cast: Imelda Staunton
MEN BEHAVING BADLYHartswood TV
Written by Simon Nye
Producer: Beryl Vertue
THE PETER PRINCIPLEHatrick TV/BBC
Written by Mark Burton, John O'Farrell
Cast: Jim Broadbent
THE BILLProducer: Richard Haniford
STYLE CHALLENGEBBC1

Short Films
WHISPERSDirected & Produced by Richard Lingard
BUBBLESProducer: Peter La Terriere
Starring: Caprice
THE ELEVATORTigerlilly Films
Written & Directed by Alrick Riley
Documentaries
WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE (Series 10 - 13)Wall To Wall/BBC
Director: Tom McArthy, Leo Burley, Elizabeth Dobson, Sarah Feltes, Mary Cranitch
Producer: Jonathan Hewes, Alex Graham, Colette Flight
OFFICERS & GENTLEMENHartswood TV/BBC
Director: Michael Davies
Producer: Beryl Vertue
THE RED BARONHartswood TV/BBC
Director: Michael Davies
Producer: Beryl Vertue
GOING TO CHELSEAHartswood TV/BBC
Director: Michael Davies
Producer: Beryl Vertue
IN LOVE WITH ELIZABETHHartswood TV/BBC
Director: Michael Davies
Producer: Beryl Vertue
WILD DOGS WILDLIFE SHOWCASEBBC Bristol
QED -CHALLENGING CHILDRENBBC
DISPATCHES - THE MARCHIONESS TRAGEDYChannel 4
A HORSE'S WORLDWall To Wall TV/Channel 4
MUSIC FOR THE MILLENIUMChannel 4
Producer: Mike Lerner
SECRET BUILDINGSChannel 4
Producer: Mike Lerner
FRAGILE EARTH - EXXON VALDEZChannel 4
Radio Drama
BATMAN65 part Audio Film also on BBC CD/Cassette
SUPERMAN65 part Audio Film also on BBC CD/Cassette
SPIDERMAN50 part Audio Film also on BBC CD/Cassette
(Composed with Brian May)
INDEPENDENCE DAY60 minute drama

All for Radio 1's 'The Mark Goodier Shows'™
All written and directed by Dirk Maggs