Richard-G.-Mitchell

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Richard G. Mitchell

Biography

Richard is an Ivor Novello Award winning composer best known for scoring movies such as A GOOD WOMAN — Scarlett Johansson, Helen Hunt & Tom Wilkinson, TO KILL A KING — Tim Roth, Olivia Williams, Rupert Everett & Dougray Scott, GRAND THEFT PARSONS — Johnny Knoxville, Michael Shannon & Christina Applegate,  ALMOST HEAVEN — Tom Conti, (& a score and song collaboration with Phil Collins) and for his television work, the score for the BAFTA award winning BBC Period Bronte drama THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL.

He graduated from St Martins School of Art in the 80’s where he studied for a degree in Film and Fine Art. His tutor, Malcolm Le Grice, was the Godfather of the British avant garde film movement and greatly encouraging of Richard’s innate passion for music, which soon took precedence over his visual work.  He started writing scores and collaborating with students who were making films and art installation projects at St Martins, the Royal College of Art and the National Film School.

Richard’s most recent major work is the score for a new production of  MOBY DICK starring Ethan Hawke, William Hurt, Gillian Anderson & Donald Sutherland.

He was honoured with a commission to record a score with the Polish Symphony Orchestra for THE CALL OF THE TOAD written by Günter Grass, a movie made to celebrate the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and birth of the Solidarity movement.

Richard’s other film scores include ACROSS THE LAKE for BBC Screen One starring Sir Anthony Hopkins as the legendary world record speed ace Donald Campbell, THE BRIDGE  starring Saskia Reeves and Joss Ackland, BASIL — a Hollywood period movie based on the Wilkie Collins novel starring Christian Slater, Jared Leto, Sir Derek Jacobi and Claire Forlani, BORN AMERICAN — Renny Harlins’ action blockbuster, SEAWOLF — Jack London’s story of the high seas starring Sebastian Koch, Tim Roth and Neve Campbell, LA COUPE DE LA GLOIRE a documentary movie about the 1998 French World Cup which took place in Paris, and TEMPESTA — a thriller shot in Venice starring Malcolm McDowell, Scot Williams, & Rutger Hauer.

He was commissioned to compose a jazz suite for the highly acclaimed Francis Bacon Retrospective at the Tate Gallery, and the Opening Ceremony for the Euro 96 Football Championships televised live from Wembley Stadium to a world audience of 500 million. His composition for the theatre includes the score for Corin Redgrave’s production of OUSAMA and most recently HIDDEN IN THE SAND, written and directed by the award winning playwright James Phillips at the Trafalgar Theatre in London’s West End.