Category Archives: Documentary

“McCullin” wins Best Feature Film Score at Music + Sound International Awards in Cannes

Very pleased that my score to last years’ twice BAFTA nominated McCullin has just won Best Feature Film Score at the Music + Sound International Awards in Cannes.

Against some brilliant competition, including Frank Ilfman’s fantastic “Big Bad Wolves”, it is a great honour to win.. especially after the recent success of the sequel, Attacking the Devil, at the recent Sheffield Documentary Festival this month.

Below is a selection of music from the film, and the whole score can be downloaded on iTunes here.

“Attacking the Devil” wins top Special Jury Prize at Sheffield Documentary Festival

Very proud that the film I’m composing for, Attacking the Devil, directed by Jacqui Morris, has just won the prestigious Special Jury Prize at Sheffield Documentary Festival. The team behind the film were also behind last years’ twice BAFTA nominated McCullin including director Jacqui, editor David Fairhead and producer Steve Milne of the British Film Company.

Attacking The Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime is a documentary about Harold Evans, the former editor of The Sunday Times – and his investigation into the drug thalidomide which left 10,000 babies with deformities in the 1950s and ’60s.

The film is not quite finished, with the score to be recorded with an orchestra over the coming months. I’ll be putting snippets up closer to the film release..

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BAFTA nominated McCULLIN on BBC 1 for Alan Yentob’s “Imagine” series

McCullin, the feature film I composed for last year nominated for two BAFTA’s (including Best Documentary) at the 2013 BAFTA film awards, was broadcast on BBC 1 on Tuesday 2nd July as part of Alan Yentob’s Imagine series. I’ve been genuinely thrilled by the positive reaction to the music score – which available to download from iTunes here (snippets below) with DVD / Blu-Ray of the film out now, and available to watch in the UK on BBC iPlayer until August here.

I’m presently working on music for the next film with the McCullin team, which should see the light later this year….

Cannes Lion Award; 5 star reviews for Cripple of Inishmaan; Waitrose UK

Very happy that Wieden + Kennedy have won a Cannes Lion Silver Award for their film The Cook (see below) for Lurpak, for which I composed and arranged the music recorded at Abbey Road Studio with the London Metropolitan Orchestra and Choir earlier this year.

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Back in London, the reviews have come in for The Cripple of Inishmaan directed by Michael Grandage in the West End, with some 5 star reviews including this from the Telegraph (here) and this from the New York Times (here) – the second time Ben Brantley has mentioned my music this month (the other one being Cornelius which is presently showing in New York).

Alex Baranowski’s evocative music set the scene without being as overbearing as much music in drama has become lately – here is a composer who understands theatre. (Broadway World).

The show stars Daniel Radcliffe and is on at the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End until August 2013. Watch the trailer below (with some snippets of the music);

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Finally, I’ve been working on the latest series of TV commercials for UK supermarket Waitrose – with a number of films being broadcast in the last few months including this one below.. the music has been rather popular, with numerous people asking if I’m going to release the full piece (alas not!).

McCULLIN Soundtrack Now Available

Very pleased that my soundtrack to the film McCullin is now available to download on iTunes worldwide here. The film is also available to rent/buy from iTunes, as well as on DVD & Blu-Ray – available from Amazon here.

Alex Baranowski McCullun album cover

McCullin Soundtrack Sampler

Earlier this year I scored the music to a documentary about iconic photographer Don McCullin directed by Don’s one time assistant Jacqui Morris. Beautifully shot on 16mm film, McCullin is being produced by Steve Milne of the British Film Company (SennaThe King’s SpeechMoon) and Rankin Film Productions. Thought it would be a good opportunity to put some snippets of my score onto this site… I’m hoping to release the entire 22 track album on iTunes sometime in the coming weeks / months. To be notified when it will be available, sign up to my info list here.

A mini site for the soundtrack can be found at mccullinsoundtrack.com

(all music © Alex Baranowski 2012)

News March 2012

It’s been a busy start to the year. And helpfully due to a raft of non-disclosure agreements I haven’t been able to tell you too much about it..

I’m presently working on a pilot for the BBC, heavily based around music. I’ve also recently recorded a number of my orchestral pieces with an orchestra at London’s Air Edel recording studios, as well as working on some interesting projects with The Times and some exciting fashion brands.. Hopefully I’ll be able to divulge more in the coming months.

One project I can talk about is feature documentary McCullin, a wonderfully moving film about acclaimed war photographer Don McCullin which I started composing for late last year. Directed by Don’s one time photography assistant Jacqui Morris and produced by the British Film Company and Rankin Film Productions, the music and edit should be finished later this month. All being well the soundtrack will be on iTunes on the film’s release..

“McCullin” Feature Documentary

I’m presently composing for 90min feature doc McCullin, directed by Jacqui Morris. Beautifully shot on 16mm film, it is about war photographer Don McCullin – whose images from the wars in Vietnam, Congo, Beirut and Biafra for the Sunday Times were amongst some of the most iconic photographs from the 20th Century. A cinema release for the film is scheduled for 2012.

Made in England – 7.30pm, Channel 4, 18th Feb

I’ve written the music to the Channel 4 documentary Made in England produced by Century Films. A film about Cooper and Stollbrand, one of the last surviving clothes factories in Salford, director Satnam Authi followed the machinists and management in their busy run up to Christmas producing items for many well known British high street brands.

The whole programme is available to watch on 4oD here.

I’ve posted some music clips from the programme below;

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Blue Dragon, Made in England and Frankenstein

I’ve just composed the music for a series of 5 TV ads for Blue Dragon, which are on air in the UK currently. Here is one of the five;

I’m also in the middle of composing a 30 min documentary for Century Films called Made in England which will be broadcast on Channel 4 mid Feb 2011.

Last but certainly not least I’m working with electro duo Underworld on the sound and music to Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein opening at the National Theatre early Feb 2011.