Rachel Portman

Rachel Portman – Composer Profile

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British composer Rachel Portman was the first female composer to win an Academy Award, which she received for the score of Emma. She has received two further Academy nominations for The Cider House Rules and Chocolat, which also earned her a Golden Globe nomination, and an EMMY Award in 2015 for her score to HBO’s Bessie.

Rachel began composing at the age of 14 and read music at Oxford University. Whilst there, she became interested in writing music for student films and theatre productions. She gained experience writing music for drama in BBC and Channel 4 films such as Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Mike Leigh’s Four Days In July and Jim Henson’s Storyteller series, however the majority of her work has been in film.

She has been fortunate to work with directors Roman Polanski (Oliver Twist), Norman Jewison (Only You), Jonathan Demme (Beloved, Truth About Charlie, Manchurian Candidate), Robert Redford (Legend of Bagger Vance), Mike Leigh (Life is Sweet), as well as countless others. Her list of film scores includes Never Let Me GoSnow Flower and the Secret FanGrey Gardens (HBO), The DuchessInfamousLake HouseHart’s WarHuman StainMarvin’s RoomBenny and JoonJoy Luck ClubSmokeNicholas NicklebyWhere Angels Fear to Tread, and most recently Race, Their Finest and DreamWork’s A Dog’s Purpose.

In addition to her film, television and theatre scores, she has written a musical of Little House on the Prairie, an opera of Saint Exupery’s The Little Prince for Houston Grand Opera, and The Water Diviner, a dramatic choral symphony commissioned for the BBC Proms concerts.

Rachel was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours.

Rachel is co-repped in the US by Fortress Talent Management.

AWARDS

Academy Award for Best Original Musical Comedy Score 1996 (EMMA)

Academy Award Nomination for Best Original Score 1999 (THE CIDER HOUSE RULES)

Academy Award Nomination for Best Original Score 2000 (CHOCOLAT)

Golden Globe Nomination for Best Original Score 2000 (CHOCOLAT)

Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition 2015 (BESSIE)

Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Music Composition 2009 (GREY GARDENS)

Grammy Nomination for Best Score Soundtrack Album 2001 (CHOCOLAT)

Grammy Nomination for Best Score Soundtrack Album 2000 (THE CIDER HOUSE RULES)

Bafta Award Nomination for Best Score 1991 (ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT)

Bafta Award Nomination for Best Score 1990 (THE WOMAN IN BLACK)

Muse Award From the New York Women in Film and Television 2000

BMI Richard Kirk Award 2010

Flanders International Film Festival Award 1999 (RATCATCHER)

International Prize for Film and Media Music 1997

Carlton TV/Rank Films Laboratories Award for Creative Originality 1996

Tric Celebrity Awards Schneider Trophy for Theme Music of the Year 1989 (PRECIOUS BANE)

British Film Institute Young Composer of the Year 1988

Film
A DOG’S PURPOSEAmblin Entertainment / DreamWorks
Director: Lasse Hallström
THEIR FINESTBBC Films
Director: Lorne Scherfig
RACEFocus Features
Director: Stephen Hopkins
BESSIEHBO
Director: Dee Rees
**Winner of 2015 EMMY Award**
DESPITE THE FALLING SNOWEnlightenment Productions
Director: Shamim Sarif
DOLPHIN TALE 2ALCON
Director: Charles Martin Smith
BELLEFox Searchlight
Director: Amma Asante
THE RIGHT KIND OF WRONGSerendipity Point Films
Director: Jeremiah S Chechik
GIRL RISINGThe Documentary Group
Director: Richard Robbin
PARADISEMandate Pictures
Director: Diablo Cody
PRIVATE PEACEFULFluidity Films
Director: Pat O’Connor
ONE DAYFocus Features
Director: Lone Scherfig
THE VOWSony Pictures
Director: Michael Sucsy
SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FANFox
Director: Wayne Wang
NEVER LET ME GOFox
Director: Mark Romanek
THE DUCHESSPathe
Director: Saul Dibb
SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELLING PANTS IIWarner Bros
Director: Sanaa Hamri
THE LAKE HOUSEWarner Bros Pictures
Director: Alejandro Agresti
INFAMOUSWarner Independent Pictures
Director: Douglas McGrath
OLIVER TWISTRun Team II Ltd
Director: Roman Polanski
MANCHURIAN CANDIDATEParamount
Director: Jonathan Demme
BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIEFox
Director: Wayne Wang
MONA LISA SMILERevolution Studios
Director: Mike Newell
HUMAN STAINMiramax
Director: Robert Benton
NICHOLAS NICKLEBYUnited Artists Film Corporation
Director: Douglas McGrath
THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIEUniversal
Director: Jonathan Demme
Producer: Peter Saraf
HART’S WARMGM
Director: Greg Hoblit
Producer: David Ladd
THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHESFilm Four
Director: Alan Taylor
Producer: Uberto Pasolini
CHOCOLATMiramax
Director: Lasse Hallstrom
Producer: Leslie Holleran
**Academy Award Nominated 2000**
THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCEDreamWorks
Director: Robert Redford
THE CLOSER YOU GETFox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Aileen Ritchie
Producer: Uberto Pasolini
THE CIDER HOUSE RULESMiramax
Director: Lasse Hallstrom
Producer: Richard Gladstein
**Academy Award Nominated 1999**
THE RATCATCHERPathe Films
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Producer: Gavin Emerson
THE OTHER SISTERDisney
Director: Gary Marshall
BELOVEDDisney
Director: Jonathan Demme
Producer: Gary Goetzman
HOME FRIESWarner Bros
Director: Dean Parisot
Producer: Mark Johnson
ADDICTED TO LOVEWarner Bros
Director: Griffin Dunne
Producer: Jeff Silver, Bob Newmyer
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST IIDisney
Director: Andrew Knight
Producer: Bambi Moe
MARVIN’S ROOMMiramax
Director: Jerry Zaks
Producer: Scott Ruden
EMMAMiramax
Director: Doug McGrath
Producer: Patrick Cassavetti
**Academy Award: Best Musical or Comedy Score 1996**
PINOCCHIOSavoy Pictures/New Line Cinema
Director: Steve Barron
Producer: Peter Locke
PALOOKAVILLESamuel Goldwyn Company
Director: Alan Taylor
Producer: Uberto Pasolini
TO WONG FOO, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING Universal
Director: Beeban Kidron
Producer: G. Mac Brown
PYROMANIAC’S LOVE STORYHollywood Pictures
Director: Joshua Brand
Producer: Mark Gordon
SMOKEMiramax
Director: Wayne Wang
Producers: Greg Johnson, Peter Newman
ONLY YOUColumbia Pictures
Director: Norman Jewison
Producer: Norman Jewison
THE ROAD TO WELVILLEColumbia Pictures
Director: Alan Parker
Producer: Bob Colesberry
THE WAR OF THE BUTTONSEnigma/Warner Bros
Director: John Roberts
Producer: David Puttnam
SIRENSMiramax
Director: John Duigan
Producer: Sarah Radclyffe
THE JOY LUCK CLUBHollywood Pictures
Director: Wayne Wang
Producers: Patrick Markey, Oliver Stone
FRIENDSChannel 4 Films
Director: Elaine Proctor
Producer: Judy Hunt
ETHAN FROMEAmerican Playhouse
Director: John Madden
Producer: Stan Wlodowski
USED PEOPLELargo/Twentieth Century
Director: Beeban Kidron
Producer: Peggy Rajski
BENNY AND JOONMGM
Director: Jeremiah Chechik
Producers: Donna Roth, Susan Arnold
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL TRAILERDirector: Mike Leigh
REBECCA’S DAUGHTERSDirector: Karl Francis
Producer: Chris Sievernich
WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD Stagescreen
Director: Charles Sturridge
Producer: Derek Granger
LIFE IS SWEETThin Man Films
Director: Mike Leigh
Producer: Simon Channing-Williams
Television
HIS WAY: JERRY WEINTRAUB DOCUMENTARY
Director: Doug McGrath
GREY GARDENSHBO
Director: Michael Sucsy
GREAT MOMENTS IN AVIATIONBBC
Director: Beeban Kidron
Producer: Philippa Giles
ELIZABETH RBBC
Director: Edward Mirzoeff
Producer: Edward Mirzoeff
FLEA BITESBBC
Director: Alan Dossor
Producer: Peter Kondal
THE CLONING OF JOANNA MAYGranada TV
Director: Philip Saville
Producer: Gub Neal
TWICE THROUGH THE HEARTBBC
Director: Philippa Lowthorpe
THINK OF ENGLANDBBC
Producer: Sam Organ
MR WAKEFIELD’S CRUSADE BBC Wales
Director: Angela Pope
Producer: Ruth Caleb
SHOOT TO KILLZenith / YTV
Director: Peter Kosminsky
Producer: Nigel Stafford Clark
THE WIDOWMAKERCentral Films
Director: John Madden
Producer: Diedre Kier
ANTONIA AND JANEBBC
Director: Beeban Kidron
Producer: George Faber
STORYTELLER x 4: THE GREEK MYTHSHenson Organisation
Directors: John Madden, Paul Weiland, Tony Smith, David Garfath