Martin Phipps

Martin Phipps – Composer Profile

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Coming from a musical background (he is Benjamin Britten’s godson), Martin read drama at Manchester University. Fortunately for the acting profession, he decided to concentrate his energies on writing music. Since scoring his first TV drama, Eureka Street, in 2002, he has won 2 BAFTAs & 4 Ivor Novello Awards, and gone on to write music for many of the most interesting series of recent years, including the BBC and Weinstein Company’s War and Peace, ITV’s Victoria (co-wrote with Ruth Barrett), and The Shadow Line.

Martin recently moved into film, scoring Weinstein Company’s much anticipated Woman In Gold with Hans Zimmer, starring Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren, and previous to that Harry Brown and Brighton Rock. In 2014 Martin had 2 feature film scores premiering at the Toronto Film Festival; Daniel Barber’s US indie The Keeping Room, and Morgan Matthew’s X Plus Y.

Martin recently set up Mearl, a project to facilitate collaborating with other artists & composers, as well as a platform for developing his own material. Peaky Blinders was the first soundtrack written under this name, scored with a band of musicians from Radiohead’s new Laundry Studios in London Fields. Two recent feature films were also written under this title.

Film
WOMAN IN GOLD Origin Pictures / Weinstein Company
Director: Simon Curtis
Producer: Harvey Weinstein, Kris Thykier, David M Thompson, Christine Langan, Ed Rubin
Starring: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Jonathan Pryce, Katie Holmes, Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern
X+YOrigin Pictures
Director: Morgan Matthews
Producer: Laura Hastings-Smith, David M Thompson
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall, Eddie Marsan
THE KEEPING ROOMGilbert Films
Director: Daniel Barber
Producer: Jordan Horowitz, David MacFadzean, Dete Meserve, Patrick Newall, Judd Payne
Starring: Sam Worthington
BRITAIN IN DAYBBC Films / Scott Free
Director: Morgan Matthews
Producer: Liza Marshall
Exec Producer: Ridley Scott
BRIGHTON ROCKBBC Films / Kudos
Director: Rowan Joffe
Producer: Paul Webster
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Helen Mirren, John Hurt
Nominated for a Discovery Of The Year Award at this year's World Soundtrack Academy Awards.
HARRY BROWNCutting Edge/Marv Films
Director: Daniel Barber
Producers: Keith Bell, Kris Thykier, Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Michael Caine
ENDGAMEDaybreak Pictures
Director: Pete Travis
Producer: Hal Vogel
Starring: Mark Strong, William Hurt, Johnny Lee Miller, Derek Jacobi, Chiwitel Ejiofor
PIERREPOINT - THE LAST HANGMANGranada
Director: Adrian Shergold
Producer: Christine Langan
Starring: Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson

Television
VICTORIAITV / Mammoth Screen
Directors: Oliver Blackburn, Tom Vaughn, Sandra Goldbacher
Producer: Paul Frift
Starring: Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Rufus Sewell
WAR AND PEACEBBC / Weinstein Company
Director: Tom Harper
Producers: Julia Stannard
Starring: Paul Dano, Lily James, James Norton
*2016 Emmy Award Nomination: Outstanding Music Composition for series*
THE HONOURABLE WOMAN BBC
Director: Hugo Blick
Producers: Hugo Blick, Abi Bach
Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Ivor Novello Award 2015: Best Television Soundtrack
PEAKY BLINDERSCaryn Mandabach Pictures / BBC
Director: Hugo Blick
Producers: Otto Bathurst, Tom Harper
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Sam Neil , Paul Anderson
BAFTA Craft Award 2014 Nomination: Best Original Music
THE SHADOW LINECompany Pictures
Director: Hugo Blick
Producers: Hugo Blick, Johann Knobel
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christopher Eccleston
2012 IVOR NOVELLO AWARD: Best TV Music
GREAT EXPECTATIONS BBC / WGBH
Director: Brian Kirk
Producers: George Ormaond
Starring: Douglas Booth, Ray Winstone, David Suchet, Gillian Anderson, Mark Addy
SMALL ISLANDRuby Films/BBC
Director: John Alexander
Producers: Grainne Marmion, Joanna Anderson, Vicky Licorish
Starring: Naomie Harris, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ruth Wilson
BAFTA Craft Award 2010: Best Original TV Music
WALLANDERYellow Bird/Left Bank Pictures
Director: Philip Martin
Producers: Kenneth Branagh, Andy Harries Francis Hopkinson, Simon Moseley
Starring: Kenneth Branagh
BAFTA Craft Award 2009: Best Original TV Music
THE SHOOTING OF THOMAS HURNDALLTalkback Thames
Director: Rowan Joffe
Producer: Barney Reisz
Starring: Steve Dillane, Kerry Fox
OLIVER TWISTBBC
Director: Coky Giedroyc
Producer: Sarah Brown
Starring: Timothy Spall, Sophie Okenedo, Tom Hardy
Ivor Novello Award 2008
PERSUASIONITV
Director: Adrian Shergold
Producer: David Snodin
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Rupert Penry-Jones
LOW WINTER SUNChannel 4
Director: Adrian Shergold
Producer: Rhonda Smith
Starring: Mark Strong, Brian McCardie
THE LINE OF BEAUTYBBC
Director: Saul Dibb
Producer: Kate Lewis
Starring: Dan Stevens
THE VIRGIN QUEEN BBC
Director: Coky Giedroyc
Producer: Paul Rutman
Starring: Anne Marie Duff, Tom Hardy
Ivor Novello Award 2007
RTS Award 2006: Best Original Film Score
NORTH & SOUTHBBC
Director: Brian Percival
Producer: Kate Bartlett
DIRTY FILTHY LOVEGranada
Director: Adrian Shergold
Producer: Christine Langan
BOB & ROSERed Productions for ITV
Director: Julian Ferrino, Joe Wright
Producer: Annie Harrison-Baxter, Nicola Schindler
Starring: Alan Davis
EUREKA STREETDirector: Adrian Shergold
Producer: Sophie Gardiner