Category Archives: Rankin

“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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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.

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Two BAFTA nominations for McCULLIN

Very pleased that McCullin has been nominated for Best Documentary and Outstanding Debut at the 2013 BAFTA Film awards. After great reviews across the board and the BBC’s Mark Kermode’s film of the week, it’s been a great start to 2013. Keeping fingers crossed for 10th Feb….

My soundtrack for the film will be released on iTunes etc in the coming week – feel free to sign up to my info list here and I’ll let you know when it’s released and send some free music to download too…. in the mean time head over to the soundtrack mini site mccullinsoundtrack.com.

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McCULLIN released in cinemas 1st Jan 2013

Very pleased that distributers Artificial Eye will be releasing McCullin in cinemas on 1st January across the UK, for which I composed the music. Watch the trailer below. The digital soundtrack will be out very soon (find the mini-site for that here), with CD release in the following months. The score features the talents of Peter Gregson (cello), James Underwood (violin), Dominik Johnson (ronroco, mandola), the Iskra String Quartet, and a special bonus track recorded by world renowned soloist Daniel Hope.

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..