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George Fenton

George Fenton

George Fenton began writing scores in 1974 after a brief career performing and songwriting. He now works exclusively in theatre, TV and film.

Theatre work includes scores for The Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre, The Royal Exchange Theatre, The Royal Court and Peter Gill's productions at Riverside Studios. Most recently, The Judas Kiss (Almeida and Broadway) and Othello (Stratford).

His film career began with films on television for Jim Goddard, including Out and Fox, and for Stephen Frears, including Bloody Kids, Going Gently, Saigon Year of the Cat, as well as the series The Jewel in the Crown, The Monocled Mutineer and The History Man. In addition, he has written music for many of Alan Bennett's plays, films and monologues, as well as news jingles and popular signature tunes, which include Shoestring and Bergerac. He has also composed music for the major documentary series, The Trials of Life, Life in the Freezer, Beyond the Clouds, Shanghai Vice and The Blue Planet.

For the cinema, he has written over 50 scores including THE COMPANY OF WOLVES, GANDHI, CRY FREEDOM, DANGEROUS LIAISONS, THE FISHER KING, HERO, GROUNDHOG DAY, FINAL ANALYSIS, THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE, YOU'VE GOT MAIL, SHADOWLANDS, EVER AFTER, ANNA AND THE KING, SWEET HOME ALABAMA and Ken Loach's films, including LAND AND FREEDOM, MY NAME IS JOE and SWEET SIXTEEN.

For his film and television work, he has won Bafta, Ivor Novello and Emmy awards; and he has received five Academy Award nominations and three Grammy nominations.

He has collaborated with many artists for film, including Sting, Nathalie Stutzmann, Delbut McClinton and Jonas Gwangwa, and away from the screen with The Medici Quartet (Hymn) and the trumpeter, Graham Ashton (Five Parts of the Dance).

Most recently, he has completed the scores to Ken Loach's AE FOND KISS and Richard Eyre's STAGE BEAUTY.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

George Fenton Facts

OccupationComposer

Selected Filmography

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