Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas – Composer Profile

mark_thomas_port2_smllAward winning composer Mark Thomas is undoubtedly one of Britain’s most diverse, versatile and exciting composers, with established credits over hundreds of scores for film and television.

With an honour’s degree in music, Mark is classically trained and during the early part of his career he was a freelance session and symphony orchestra violinist with both the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It was in the recording studio performing on feature films and soundtracks for composers such as Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, John Barry, Michael Kamen, Alan Silvestri, and John Williams that Mark began to sow the seeds for his future success as a composer for film and television.

Having won a BAFTA for his original score to Twin Town, he went on to score the critically acclaimed cult horror film Dog Soldiers for Chris Figg’s Noel Gay Picture Company. He then went on to score Agent Cody Banks II for MGM, the The Magic Roundabout for Pathé Pictures/Miramax, Shadows in the Sun, starring Harvey Keitel, the family film Greyfriars Bobby for Picadilly Pictures, and the horror feature Wilderness for Ecosse Films. He was then asked to score Goal III for Milkshake Films and the UK comedy feature Swinging With The Finkels, starring Martin Freeman, as well as the child adoption comedy drama, Foster, starring Ioan Gruffudd and Toni Colette. Of late he has scored both Marley & Me: The Puppy Years for 20th Century Fox, Riviera Films’ comedy feature, The Sweeter Side Of Life, Gold Line Production’s romance feature, Love by Design, starring Jane Seymour, and a cinematic adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ classic radio play, Under Milk Wood, starring Rhys Ifans. Most recently, Mark wrote the score to ITV’s hugely successful new six-part drama, Brief Encounters.

Mark’s success has come from his intuitive understanding of what is required from a score combined with a focused interpretation of a director’s aspirations. Whilst stylistically innovative and always ready to experiment with ideas, he is constantly aware of the appropriate contextual and commercial requirements of score writing.
Mark is as comfortable writing for a full symphony orchestra as he is working on rock, jazz, choral or contemporary sample based scores – his skills are applicable to all categories of entertainment.  Apart from the numerous feature films he has scored, his work in television is extensive having worked on period  (Aristocrats) & contemporary dramas (Doc Martin, Brief Encounters, Big Dippers, Dalziel & Pascoe), comedies (Anytime Now, Benidorm, Hyperdrive, Plus One, May Contain Nuts, Star Stories, Kevin Bishop Show, Ladies Of Letters and Episodes), children’s series (Seriously Weird, Shaun The Sheep, Timmy Time), as well as documentaries, and numerous commercial campaigns.  He has also worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and been commissioned to write numerous classical works.

Mark scored the adventure/comedy feature Back In Business for 21st Century Productions, and Moon Dance Alexander, a feature film directed by Michael Damian for Riviera Films and starring Don Johnson. He scored and wrote the songs for Shaun The Sheep and Shaun The Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas, the incredibly successful comedy animations from the world famous and Oscar award winning Aardman Studios. He has also scored all series of Benidorm, and Series 1 of May Contain Nuts, both comedies for Tiger Aspect. He went onto score Star Stories and The Kevin Bishop Show, both for Objective Productions, as well as Plus One for Kudos and Ruth Jones’ Stella. He scored two series of Ladies Of Letters, a 20-part adaptation of the much loved books for Tiger Aspect/ITV, and has most recently scored both series of the highly successful Showtime/Hat Trick Production’s show Episodes, starring Matt Leblanc and for which he was nominated for an EMMY.

Film
UNDER MILK WOODS4C
Director: Kevin Allen
Producer: Stephen Malit
Starring: Rhys Efans
LOVE BY DESIGNGold Line Production International
Director: Michael Damian
Producer: Janeen Damian
Starring: Jane Seymour
Y SYRCASS4C
Director: Kevin Allen
Producer: Kevin Allen
THE SWEETER SIDE OF LIFERiviera Films
Director: Michael Damian
Producer: Janeed Damian
Starring: Kathryn Morris, James Best, Alastair Mackenzie
FLICKA: COUNTRY PRIDE20th Century Fox
Director: Michael Damian
Producer: Connie Dolphin
Starring: Clint Black, Emily Bett Rickards
MARLEY & ME: THE PUPPY YEARS 20th Century Fox
Director: Michael Damian
Producer: Connie Dolphin
Starring: Travis Turner, Donnelly Rhodes
FOSTERKintop Films
Director: Jonathan Newman
Producer: Deepak Nayar
Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Toni Colette
SWINGING WITH THE FINKELSFilmaka
Director: Jonathan Newman
Producer: Deepak Nayar
Starring: Martin Freeman, Mandy Moore, Melissa George
GOAL! IIIMilkshake Films
Director: Andrew Morahan
Producers: Matt Barrelle, Peter Heslop
Starring: J.J. Field
MOON DANCE ALEXANDERRiviera Films
Director: Michael Damian
Producer: Janeen Damian
BACK IN BUSINESS21st Century Productions
Director: Chris Munro
Producer: Neil Gardiner
WILDERNESSEcosse Films
Producer: John Mcdonnell
Director: Michael J Bassett
GREYFRIARS BOBBYPicadilly Pictures
Producer: Christopher Figg
Director: John Henderson
SHADOWS IN THE SUNStudio Eight Productions
Director: Brad Mirman
Producers: Jamie Brown, Lewin Webb, Gary Howsam
Cast: Harvey Keitel, Joshua Jackson, Claire Forlani
THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUTPathe Pictures
Director: Jean Duvall
Producer: Laurent Roden, Andy Leighton
AGENT CODY BANKS IIMGM
Director: Kevin Allen
Producers: David Nicksay, Dylan Sellars
DOG SOLDIERSNoel Gay Picture Company
Producer: Chris Figg THE FINAL CURTAIN
DNA/Young Crossbow
Written by John Hodge
Starring: Peter O'Toole, Aiden Gidden
RE-INVENTING EDDIEComedy Feature
Director: Jim Doyle
Producer: Ian Brady
THE BIG TEASEWarner Brothers
Director: Kevin Allen
Starring: Craig Ferguson, Mary McCormack, David Rasche
TWIN TOWNDark comedy thriller set in Wales
Director: Kevin Allen
Starring: Rhys Ifans and Llyr Evans
Winner of Best Original Score at the 1998 BAFTA Cymru Awards
Nomimated for Best Original Score at the 1998 BAFTA Awards
TESTIMONY OF TELIESIN JONESFeature film Starring: Jonathan Price, Griff Rhys Jones, Mathew Rhys
UP 'N UNDERDirected by John Godber
Starring: Gary Olsen, Neil Morrissey, Samantha Janus
Reached number 2 in the British Top 10 movies in January 1998
THE SEA CHANGEStarring: Maryam d'Abo, Sean Chapman, Ray Winstone
THE SEA CHANGEStarring: Maryam d'Abo, Sean Chapman, Ray Winstone
HOUSE!Feature film
Starring Freddie Jones, Kelly Macdonald, Miriam Margolies
MAD COWSComedy
Adapted from the best-selling novel by Kathy Lette
Starring: Anna Friel, Joanna Lumley, Greg Wise
MERLIN THE RETURNFeature film
Director: Paul Mathews
Starring: Rik Mayall, Patrick Bergin, Adrian Paul, Tia Carrerra
HOODED ANGELSFeature film
Starring: Amanda Donahue, Paul Johansson
MOSES, THE ANIMATED OLD TESTAMENTFeature Animation (Emmy Winner)
WILD JUSTICEBritish action/thriller
Starring: Roy Scheider
CHAMELEONWinner at the 1998 Celtic Film Festival
ONE FULL MOONNominated for Best Original Score at the BAFTA Cymru Awards
Television
BRIEF ENCOUNTERSITV / CPL Productions
Director: Marek Losey, Jill Robertson, Joss Agnew
Producer: Jo Willett
Starring: Sophie Rundle, Angela Griffin, Sharon Rooney
SHAUN THE SHEEP: THE FARMER'S LLAMAS Aardman
Director: Jay Grace
Producer: Paul Kewley, Johm Woolley
BEING EILEEN BBC
Director: Michael Wynne
Executive Producer: Peter Thornton
Producer: Rosemary McGowan
Starring: Sue Johnston
STELLA (SERIES 1)Tidy Productions
Director: Susan Tully
Executive Producer: Ruth Jones, Barry Lynch
Producer: Jane Dauncey
Starring: Ruth Jones
EPISODESShowtime/Hat Trick Productions
Director: James Griffiths
Producer: Jimmy Mulville
Writers: David Crane, Jeffrey Klarik
Starring: Matt LeBlanc, Tamsin Greig
***Emmy Nominated***
LADIES OF LETTERS(Series 1 & 2)
Tiger Aspect/ITV3
Director: John Henderson
Executive Producer: Geoffrey Perkins
Line Producer: Philippa Catt
STAR STORIES: Series 3Objective Productions
Director: Ben Palmer
Producers: Michael Livingstone, Lee Hupfield
PLUS ONEKudos
Director: Sarah O'Gorman
Producer: Matthew Bird
THE KEVIN BISHOP SHOWObjective Productions
Director: Elliot Hegarty
Producer: Lee Hupfield
SHAUN THE SHEEP(Series 1 & 2)
Aardman
Director: Richard Goleszowski
Producer: Julie Lockhart
MAY CONTAIN NUTSTiger Aspect
Director: John Henderson
Producer: Lucy Robinson
BENIDORM
(Series 1 - 9)
Tiger Aspect
Director: Kevin Allen
Producer: Phillipa Catt
HYPERDRIVE (Series 1 & 2)BBC
Director: John Henderson
Producer: Alex Walsh-Taylor
BIG DIPPERSRed Productions
Director: Ciaran Donnelly
Producer: Matthew Bird
ANYTIME NOWBBC Northern Ireland
Director: John Woods
Producer: Leslie McKimm
DALZIEL & PASCOEBBC
Director: Patrick Lau
Producer: Annie Tricklebank
DOC MARTINSky TV/Buffalo Pics
Director: Ben Bolt
Producer: Philipa Braithwaite
Starring: Martin Clunes
ARISTOCRATSBBC 1
Director: David Caffrey
Producer: Christopher Hall, David Snodin
JACK OF HEARTSBBC 1
Starring: Keith Allen, Ruth Madoc, Andrew Sachs
THE LITTLE UNICORNDirector: Paul Mathews
Starring: David Warner, George Hamilton, Emma Samms
THE MEEKSVILLE GHOSTCo-written with Alan Darby
Director: David Lister
Starring: Lesley Anne Down, Judge Rheinhold
SORCERER'S APPRENTICEDirector: David Lister
Starring: Kelly Le Brock
BERSERKERDirector: Paul Mathews
Starring: Paul Johanssohn, Patrick Bergin
HOME FARM TWINSBBC children's x 2 series
MEN WHO CHANGED FOOTBALLBBC series
RUMOURS OF ANGELSBBC series
Starring: Thora Hird
EQUINOX - THE SCIENCE OF STRESSChannel 4/Carlton/The Discovery Channel
THE MAKING OF MAPSDirector: Endaf Emlyn (Winner of the Hugo Award)Nominated for Best Original Score at the BAFTA Awards
RICHARD BURTON'S A CHRISTMAS STORYNominated for Best Original Score at the BAFTA Awards
DAISIES IN DECEMBERStarring: Joss Ackland, Jean Simmons
THE MARSHALLStarring: Alfred Molina
THE FINAL PASSAGEDirector: Sir Peter Hall
Other Programmes:Raging Planet, Pris Y Farchand, Three Men In A Boat, A Mind To Kill, Y Llyffant, The Wonders of Weather, South of Westminster, Southern Eye, House To House, Cinema 100, Grassroots, The Mysteries of Magic
Advertisements
Numerous ads and i-dents including the 2 Nescafe Adverts.
Musicals
CELTIC ODYSSEY, LAZARUS
Radio
SHAW'S MAN AND SUPERMANA celebration of 50 years of BBC Radio 3
Director: Sir Peter Hall