Samuel Sim

Samuel Sim – Composer Profile

Samuel_sim_port_LRSamuel is widely considered to be one of the most exceptional musical talents of his generation. His beautifully evocative music and award winning film and television scores are fast making him one of the most sought-after composers working in the industry today.

Early in his career, Samuel quickly stood out from the crowd with his award winning score for the BBC’s Dunkirk. A whirlwind success followed which soon saw him composing for the Hollywood feature film Awake for the Weinstein Company.

Most recently Sam has scored both series of ITV’s hugely successful TV drama Home Fires, two ITV feature films based on Georges Simoneson’s Maigret novels (Maigret Sets A Trap and Maigret’s Dead Man) starring Rowan Atkinson, C4’s drama The Mill (for which Sam’s score received an Ivor Novello nomination), ITV’s Chasing Shadows, the touching ITV feature Father’s Day, and the Charlie Brooker/Daniel Maier comedy creation Touch Of Cloth. He also composed a wonderfully evocative score for the riveting STOP AT NOTHING: The Lance Armstrong Story. He’s currently working on ITV and Left Bank Pictures’ major eight-part drama The Halcyon.

He went on to write the score for the BAFTA and Emmy Award winning House of Saddam, employing a unique blend of styles and instrumentation. Rare middle-eastern voices and instruments and dark, intense electronica were masterfully mixed with a full classical string orchestra. Described by one critic as: “superbly pitched somewhere between Stravinsky and The Chemical Brothers…”

Samuel showed his strong command of classical disciplines with his beautiful orchestral score for the lavish BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, earning him a RTS Award nomination for best musical score. In stark contrast, the dark haunting music for Tiger Aspects submarine thriller, The Deep, starring Minnie Driver and James Nesbitt, was also nominated for an RTS Award.

Other career highlights include the ITV drama series The Reckoning, David Attenborough’s Climate Chaos series and additional music for the feature films Bobby, starring Antony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Laurence Fishburne & Shia LaBeouf; Doogal, for the Weinstein Company; The Damned United starring Michael Sheen & Timothy Spall and ABC’s primetime drama, Combat Hospital.

Samuel scored Of Two Minds, starring Kristin Davis & Tammy Blanchard, and the critically acclaimed We Are Poets, which released in the summer of 2013. Also that year he wrote the music for Left Bank’s flagship series Mad Dogs for Sky 1, the BBC series By Any Means, and the hugely successful ITV drama series, Ice Cream Girls.

“An extremely inventive and talented composer” (Michael Kamen: Film Composer)

Further information available at www.samuelsim.com

Film
MAIGRET’S DEAD MANEaling Studios
Director: Jon East
Producer: Jeremy Gwilt
Starring Rowan Atkinson
MAIGRET SETS A TRAPEaling Studios
Director: Ashley Pearce
Producer: Jeremy Gwilt
Starring Rowan Atkinson
STOP AT NOTHING: THE LANCE ARMSTRONG STORYPassion Pictures
Director: Alex Holmes
IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUNDirector: Harry Freeland
SALMADirector: Kim Longinotto
WE ARE POETSDirector: Alex Ramseyer-Bache
Producer: Daniel Lucchesi
LAD: A YORKSHIRE STORYRouge Runner Films
Director: Dan Hartly
Producers: Richard Shean
Starring: Bretten Lord
AWAKEWeinstein Co. / Greene Street Films
Director: Joby Harold
Producers: Kelly Carmichael, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Tim Williams
Starring: Jessica Alba, Hayden Christensen, Lena Olin, Terrence Howard
OF TWO MINDSSilver Screen Pictures / Konigsberg Company
Director: Jim O'Hanlon
Producers: Kyle Clarke, Eileen Fields, Lina Wong
Starring: Kristin Davis, Tammy Blanchard
W.M.D.Patchwork Films
Director: David Holroyd
Producer: Christine Hartland
Starring: Emily Denniston, Jo-Anne Knowles
Robert Cambrinus and Glenn Conroy
THE DAMNED UNITED (Additional Music)Left Bank Pictures
Director: Tom Hooper
Producers: Andy Harries, Grainne Marmion
Starring: Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Spall
FLAKPatchwork Films
Director: Finn McGough
Starring: Ralph Laurila, Nicole Lecky & Daniel Ormerod
BOBBY (Additional Music)Weinstein Co.
Director: Emilio Estevez
Producers: Daniel Grodnik, Michelle Krum, Matt Landon
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Sharon Stone, Demi Moore, Elijah Wood, Laurence Fishburne, Lindsay Lohan, Martin Sheen, William H Macy, Christian Slater.
2 Golden Globe Nominations: Best Music / Best Picture
DOOGAL (Additional Music)Pathe Films, Weinstein Co.
Directors: Dave Borthwick, Jean Duval, Frank
Passingham
Producers: Jake Eberts, Butch Hartman, Matt Landon,
Cameron McCracken, Eric Robinson, Jill Sinclair
Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Chevy Chase, Judi Dench
Television
THE HALCYONITV / Left Bank Pictures
Director: Rob Evans, Justin Hardy, Philip John, Stephen Woolfenden
Producers: Chris Croucher
MURDERED BY MY FATHERBBC
Director: Bruce Goodison
Producers: Toby Welsh
HOME FIRES
(series 1 and 2)
ITV Studios
Directors: Bruce Goodison, Robert Quinn
Producers: Sue de Beauvoir, Jeremy Gwilt
*RTS Awards Nomination 2015: Best Original Score*
*RTS Awards Nomination 2015: Best Original Title*
COALITIONCuba Pictures
Director: Ales Holmes
Producers: Sarah Curtis, Dixie Linder
CHASING SHADOWSITV Studios
Director: Chris Menaul
Producer: Rob Bullock
THE MILL (series 2)Darlow Smithson
Director: Sue Tully, Bill Anderson
Producer: Johnathan Young
*Ivor Novello Award Nomination 2015: Best Television Soundtrack*
TOUCH OF CLOTHDirector: Jim O'Hanlon
Producer: Mat Chaplin
FATHER"S DAYDirector: Cilla Ware
Producer: Charlie Druce
Starring: Ray Winstone, Charles Dance
BY ANY MEANSRed Planet Pictures / BBC
Director: Charles Palmer
Producer: Tim Key
Starring: Keith Allen, Warren Brown
ICE CREAM GIRLSLeft Bank Pictures / ITV
Director: Dan Zeff
Producer: Lucy Dyke, James Flynn, Ronan Flynn
Starring: Jodhi May, Lorraine Burrows
MAD DOGS (Series II)Left Bank Pics / Sky
Directors: James Hawes
Producers: Andrew benson
Starring: Phillip Glenister, Marc Warren, John Sim, Max Beesley
COMBAT HOSPITAL(Co-Written with Edmund Butt)
Sienna Films, Artists Studio, Lookout Point
Directors: Chris Menaul, Ian B Macdonald, Stephen Reynolds, Helen Shaver, Paul Unwin
Producer: Michael J Maschio
Starring: Luke Mably, Elias Koteas
THE RECKONINGTXTV
Director: Jim O’Hanlon
Producer: Jeremy Gwilt
THE DEEP Tiger Aspect / BBC
Director: Jim O'Hanlon
Producer: Will Gould
Starring: Minnie Driver, James Nesbitt, Goran Visjnic
EMMABBC
Director: Jim O'Hanlon
Producer: George Ormond
Starring: Ramola Garai, Michael Gambon, Johnny Lee Miller, Tamsin Greig
Nominated for Best Score: RTS Awards 2010
HOUSE OF SADDAMBBC / HBO
Directors: Alex Holmes, Jim O’Hanlon
Producers: Alex Holmes, Hilary Salmon, Jane Tranter, Steve Lightfoot
Starring: Yigal Naor, Said Taghmaoui and Shohreh Aghdashloo
LET IT SNOW SKY1
Directors: Sam Miller
Producers: Tim Bricknal
Starring: Paterson Joseph, Angela Griffin
ANCIENT ROMEThe Rise And Fall Of An Empire: Constantine
BBC 2
Director: Nick Murphy
Producers: Matthew Barrett, Mark Hedgecoe
Starring: Sean Pertwee, Michael Sheen, David Threlfall
THE GOLDEN HOURITV 1 / FOX
Sony Pictures / Talkback Thames
Directors: Julian Holmes, Tim Leandro
Producers: Dean Hargrove, Johnathan Young
Starring: Richard Armitage, Navin Chowdhry, Zoe Telford
SPACE RACEBBC 1 / National Geographic
Directors: Mark Everest, Christopher Spencer.
Producer: Jill Fullerton-Smith
THE MAN WHO BROKE BRITAINBBC 1 / Wall to Wall Television
Director: Gabriel Range
Producer: Simon Finch
Wincott Award: Winner of Best Drama
DUNKIRKBBC 2 / History Channel
Director: Alex Holmes
Producers: Mike Dormer, Peter Lovering, Laura Mackie
Narrator: Timothy Dalton
FIPA D’OR Winner: Best Original Music
BAFTA Winner: Hue Weldon Award
ENCOUNTERSOctober Films
8 Short Films for Channel 4
BETTER THAN SEXBoot Films
10 Short Films for Channel 4
Documentaries
ROOKIESITV / Plum Pictures
BILLIONAIRE’S PARADISE: INSIDE NECKER ISLANDBBC
Director: Kari Lia
THE MAFIA WITH TREVOR MCDONALDITV
SNOWBLINDRenegade Pictures
Director: Vikram Jayanti
DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S CLIMATE CHAOS BBC 1 / Discovery Channel
Directors: Nicholas Brown, Stephen Cooter
Producers: Sacha Baveystock, Jeremy Bristow
Presenter: David Attenborough
BREAKING UP WITH THE JONESESBetty TV / Channel 4
Director: Ursula Macfarlane
Broadcast Award Nomination: Best Documentary
4 BAFTA Award Nominations including Best Documentary 2007
Greirson Award Nomination: Best Documentary
IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUNCentury Films
Director: Harry Freeland
GHOSTS OF THE SEVENTH CAVALRYOctober Films / BBC / Sundance
Director: Tom Roberts
639 WAYS TO KILL CASTROChannel 4 / Sundance / Silver River
Director: Dollan Cannell
Producers: Kari Lia, Peter Moore
7 HOURS ON BOXING DAYBBC1 / PBS / Diverse Television
Director: Gregor Lyon
Multi BAFTA AWARD Winner
THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW ITChannel 4 / October Films
Director: Nick Hornby
Producers: Nick Hornby, Angus MacQueen
Presenter: Marcel Theroux
THE LOST BOYSChannel 4 / October Films
Director: Clive Gordon

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