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John Lunn - Composer Profile

John Lunn’s music possesses a wonderfully unique voice that spans the spectrum of musical styles. Classically trained, yet contemporary in attitude, he combines a highly intelligent and sensitive approach, with a sound that always hits at the emotional heart of a piece. Matching the highest production values with a continual desire to discover new colours and sounds, it is not hard to see why John is continuously in such high demand. He is probably best known for scoring the hugely successful flagship ITV/Carnival Films drama, Downton Abbey. For which he has received two EMMY AWARDS, one in 2012 and then again in 2013. He was also awarded the best TV score RTS Award in 2010. John was nominated for both a BAFTA and Ivor Novello award for his evocative score for Sky's Going Postal, and was further nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Original Score for his wonderful music to the BBC Dickens adaptation, Little Dorrit.

John recently scored Shetland for the the BBC, and the highly anticipated BBC drama, Burton And Taylor (starring Dominic West and Helena Bonham-Carter), as well as the BBC’s The White Queen, (based on the bestselling novel by Phillipa Gregory), and the 2013 reimagining of the Hitchcock classic, The Lady Vanishes. Other works have included scoring Mob Films' adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Going Postal for Sky1, and the much acclaimed 2012 new year's BBC/Masterpiece Dickens centenary adaptation of The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, for which he was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award 2013). His works also include a compelling 14 part re-imagining of another Dickens' classic, Little Dorrit, (for which John again received an EMMY nomination); a wonderfully innovative and cutting edge score for the Company Pictures' drama, The Silence; the ITV fantasy horror, Marchlands; and a wonderfully chilling one off Xmas special feature adaptation of MR James' classic ghost story, Turn of the Screw, which starred John Hurt.


Earlier television credits have ranged from the BBC’s flagship productions of Cambridge Spies (FIPA Gold Award 2003), Lorna Doone, Madame Bovary and Murder Rooms, to the Channel Four/Company series North Square, World Productions 12 part series Outlaws, Scottish Television’s thriller Sirens, and the Ska Films/Ginger production, Lock Stock…. His score to Getting Hurt, the BBC Screen Two Film, won the Royal Television Society’s award for Best Original Music. His music to Bad Blood was also nominated for an Ivor Novello Award. John scored the critically acclaimed BBC series Bleak House (RTS Awards 2006 - nomination for Best Score and Best Title Music), 20,000 Streets Under The Sky, Hotel Babylon for Carnival Films / BBC (for which he was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award), and the ITV biopic based on the moors murderers, See No Evil, as well as Sorted for the BBC. He scored The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard for the BBC, starring Jane Horrocks, and the Bafta award winning Victoria Wood penned drama, Housewife 49 for ITV, along with Frankenstein for Impossible Pictures, and The Shadow In The North for the BBC. He went on to score Torn for Jeremy Gwilt and TXTV, series 2 of the acclaimed Jimmy McGovern scripted, The Street for Granada, and then completed Hotel Babylon (Series 4) for Carnival/BBC. Further credits include Criminal Justice for the BBC, which went on to be an RTS Award Winner 2008 for Best Original Score, Harley Street for Carnival Productions/ITV1, Identity, a 6 part thriller for ITV, and Material Girl for Carnival/BBC.

John’s film scores include two recent features for Stone City Films, Unconditional Love and Electricity, which starred Agyness Dean, and the IMAX film Giant Screen Bugs, narrated by Dame Judi Dench for Principal Film. Other film credits include the FilmFour/Shane Meadows feature, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (Kathy Burke, Robert Carlyle, Rhys Ifans), Get Real, directed by Simon Shore, winner of the Audience Award, Edinburgh and Dinard International Festivals, and The Wisdom Of Crocodiles, directed by Po Chih Leong for Zenith Films. He also scored the IMAX film, Legend of the Loch for director Mike Slee.

Other major credits include the music for Second Sight, directed by Charles Beeson for 20/20 TV/BBC, the original series of 2000 Acres of Sky as well as Hamish MacBeth for BBC/Zenith and the Carlton/Zenith series Bodyguards. For his score to Back Up, The Guardian wrote ‘..cracking stuff, pure Bernard Hermann, and more sheer menace than anything you’ve heard...’. He wrote the music for Ghostbusters of East Finchley (BBC2), a jazz score for the YTV/Zenith series Finney (directed by David Hayman), and a largely period score for the Last Machine, a five part documentary drama for BBC/Illumination, presented by Terry Gilliam.

John’s earlier credits include Cormorant, a BBC Screen Two Film starring Ralph Fiennes, the Prairie Pictures feature The Life Of Stuff, directed by Simon Donald and produced by Linda Myles, The Gift, a BBC Screenplay production, Beatrix, a BBC drama starring Helena Bonham-Carter, Second Thoughts, written by Anthony Minghella and starring Mel Smith and Griff Rhys-Jones, and After The Dance for the BBC’s Performance series. Amongst John’s classical works, his violin concerto was premiered by Clio Gould and the London Sinfonietta at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and his two operas, Misper and Zoe (filmed and broadcast by Channel 4 in 2001) were written for Glydenbourne. He wrote the opera, Mathematics Of a Kiss with Anthony Minghella and Orlando Gough for the English National Opera. In 2005 John was commissioned by Glynedbourne Opera to write, Tangier Tattoo, an opera to be directed by Stephen Langridge.

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BURTON AND TAYLOR BBC
Director: Richard Laxton
Producer: Lachlan Mackinnon
Starring: Helena Bonham-Carter, Dominc West
THE WHITE QUEEN BBC
Director: James Kent
Producer: Gina Cronk
Executive Producer: Colin Callender, George Faber, Philippa Gregory, John Griffin, Eurydice Gysel, Polly Hill, Charles Pattinson
Starring: Ben Lamb, Tom Mckay, Aneurin Barnard, Veerle Baetens, Caroline Goodall
THE LADY VANISHES BBC
Director: Diarmuid Lawrence
Producer: Annie Tricklebank
Starring: Keeley Hawes, Tuppence Middleton, Tom Hughes, Julian Rhind-Tutt
DOWNTON ABBEY Carnival Films
Series I, II, III & IV
Director: Brian Percival, Ben Bolt, Brian Kelly, Andy Goddard, Ashley Pearce, James Strong
Producer: Liz Trubridge, Nigel Marchant, Rebecca Eaton, Julian Fellowes
Executive Producer: Gareth Neame
Writer: Julian Fellowes
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Dan Stevens, Brendan Coyle
*** 2014 Music+Sound Awards Winner: Title Music and Branding***
***EMMY Award Winner : Original Dramatic Score for a Series 2013***
***EMMY Award Winner: Original Dramatic Score for a Series 2012***
***BAFTA Award Nomination: Best Original TV Music 2011 & 2012***
***IVOR Novello Award Nomination: Best Original TV Music 2012***
***RTS Award Nomination: Best Music Original Titles
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD BBC/MASTERPIECE
Director: Diarmuid Lawrence
Producer: Lisa Osborne
Executive Producer: Anne Pivcevic, Rebecca Eaton
Starring: Matthew Rhys, Freddie Fox, Rory Kinnear
***IVOR Novello Award Nomination: Best Original TV Music 2013***
SHETLAND (Series 1 & 2) BBC
Director: Peter Hoar
Producer: Sue De Beauvoir
Starring: Douglas Henshall
***RTS Award Nomination: Best Music Original Titles 2013***
MARCHLANDS ITV
Director: James Kent
Producer: Chrissy Skinns
Executive Producer: Kate Lewis, Kate Bartlett
THE SILENCE Company Pictures
Director: Dearbhla Walsh
Producer: Eleanor Greene
Executive Producer: George Faber, Charles Pattinson

GOING POSTAL Sky1 / Mob Films
Director: Jon Jones
Producer: Sue De Beauvoir
Executive Producers: Vadim Jean, Ian Sharples, Rod Brown
Starring: David Suchet, Charles Dance, Andrew Sachs, Steve Pemberton, Tamsin Greig
***Winner Best TV Score: RTS Awards 2010***
*** BAFTA CRAFT AWARD Nomination 2010***
***Ivor Novello Award Nomination Best Original TV Score 2011***
TURN OF THE SCREW BBC
Director: Tim Fywell
Producer: Colin Wratten
Executive Producer: Jessica Pope
LITTLE DORRIT BBC
Directors: Adam Smith, Dearbhla Walsh
Producers: Lisa Osborne, Anne Pivcevic
Starring: Matthew MacFadyen, Andy Serkis, Mackenzie Crook, Freema Agyeman, Emma Pierson
***BAFTA Craft Nomination 2009: Best Original TV Music***
*** EMMY Nominated for Outstanding Miniseries Original Score 2009***
IDENTITY ITV
Director: Brendan Maher
Producer: Lachlan MacKinnon
Executive Producer: Kate Bartlett
Starring: Aidan Gillen, Keeley Hawes
MATERIAL GIRL Carnival/BBC
Directors: Cilla Ware, Sarah O'Gorman, Philip John
Producer: Chrissy Skinns
Starring: Dervla Kirwan
HARLEY STREET Carnival/ITV1
Director: Paul Whittington
Producer: Joy Spink
CRIMINAL JUSTICE Tiger Aspect/BBC
Directors: Otto Bathurst, Luke Watson
Producer: Pier Wilkie
Starring: Ben Wishaw, Pete Postlethwaite
***RTS Award Winner 2008: Best Original Score***
HOTEL BABYLON (Series 3 & 4) Carnival/BBC
Directors: Alrick Riley, Ian B Macdonald
Producer: Chris Aird
***Ivor Novello Award Nomination 2007: Best Original Score***
THE STREET (Series II) Granada Television
Director: John Chapman
Producers: David Blair, Terry McDonagh
THE SHADOW IN THE NORTH BBC / NOVA-WHBH BOSTON
Director: John Alexander
Producer: Kate Bartlett
FRANKENSTEIN Impossible Pictures
Director: Jed Mercurio
Producer: Hugh Warren
TORN TXTV
Director: Sarah Harding
Producer: Jeremy Gwilt
HOUSEWIFE 49 ITV
Director: Gavin Millar
Producer: Piers Wenger
THE AMAZING MRS. PRITCHARD BBC
Directors: Declan Lowney, Simon Curtis, Katherine Morshead
Producer: Alison Jackson
Starring: Jane Horrocks
***Ivor Novello Award Nomination 2007: Best Original Score***
SORTED BBC
Director: Ian Macdonald, Marc Jobst
Producer: Steve Lightfoot
SEE NO EVIL Granada
Director: Chris Menaul
Producer: Lisa Gilchrist
HOTEL BABYLON (Series 1 & 2) BBC/Carnival
Directors: Alrick Riley, Iain B. MacDonald
Executive Producer: Gareth Neame
Producer: Christopher Aird
BLEAK HOUSE BBC
Directors: Justin Chadwick, Susannah White
Producer: Nigel Stafford-Clark
***RTS Award Nomination 2006: Best Original Score & Best Title Music***
20,000 STREETS UNDER THE SKY BBC
Director: Simon Curtis
Producer: Kate Harwood
HEARTLESS Ecosse Films
Director: Nick Laughland
Producer: Jeremy Gwilt
PLANESPOTTING Granada
Director: Chr4is Menaul
Producer: Jeff Pope, Francis Hopkinson
LIKE FATHER LIKE SON Ecosse Films
Director: Nick Laughland
Producer: Jeremy Gwilt
OUTLAWS World Productions/BBC
Directors: John Alexander, Harry Bradbeer, Richard Laxton
Producer: Victoria Fea
BODIES (Series 1 & 2) Hat Trick Productions/BBC
Director: Sallie Aprahamian, John Strickland, Richard Laxton
Producer: Jed Mercurio
THE MURDER ROOM (Series 1 & 2) BBC
Director: Diamuid Lawrence
Producer: Richard Broke
MURDER IN SUBURBIA Carlton
Director: Ed Bennett
Producer: Joy Spink
AMNESIA Ecosse Films
Director: Nick Laughland
Producer: Jeremy Gwilt
HEAR THE SILENCE Zenith/Channel 5
Director: Tim Fywell
Producer: Adrian Bate
CAMBRIDGE SPIES BBC 1
Director: Tim Fyfll
Producer: Mark Chivas
***FIPA Gold Award 2003***
CARLA ITV
Producer: Alison Jackson, Diamuid Lawrence
WALL OF SILENCE Granada
Director: Chris Menaul
Producer: Saurabh Kakkar
BLUE MURDER Granada
Director: Paul Wroblewski
Producer: Jane MacNaught
STATE OF MIND ITV/Monogram
Director: Chris Menaul
Producer: Dave Edwards, Eileen Quinn
AUF WEIDERSEHEN PET BBC 1
Director: Paul Seed
Producer: Joy Spink
SIRENS Scottish TV
Director: Nick Laughland
MURDER ROOMS BBC
Director: Tim Fywell, Paul Marcus, Simon Langton
LORNA DOONE BBC
Director: Mike Barker
2000 ACRES OF SKY BBC/Zenith
Director: Rob Knight
NORTH SQUARE Channel Four/Company TV
Director: Tim Fywell
Producer: Jonathan Young
LOCK STOCK AND... Ska/Ginger
Director: David Thacker
MADAME BOVARY BBC
Director: Tim Fywell
SECOND SIGHT 20/20 BBC
Director: Charles Beeson
BAD BLOOD Carlton
Director: Tim Fywell
***Ivor Novello Nominated For Best TV Score 2001***
HAMISH MACBETH Zenith/BBC
Director: Nick Renton, Jonas Grimas, Mandie Fletcher
BACK UP BBC
Director: Jan Sargent, Douglas Mackinnon, Bob Blagden
BODYGUARDS Zenith/Carlton
Directors: Chris King, Mary McMurray, Ken Grieve
FINNEY Zenith/YorkshireTV
Director: David Hayman
THE LAST MACHINE BBC
Director: Terry Gilliam


FEATURE FILM

ELECTRICITY Stone City Films
Director: Bryn Higgins
Producer: Clare Duggan
Starring Agyness Dean
UNCONDITIONAL LOVE Stone City Films
Director: Bryn Higgins
Producer: Bryn Higgins
GIANT SCREEN BUGS (IMAX FILM) Principal Films
Director: Mike Slee
Narrator: Dame Judi Dench
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE MIDLANDS FilmFour
Starring: Kathy Burke, Robert Carlyle, Rhys Ifans
Director: Shane Meadows
WISDOM OF CROCODILES Zenith Entertainment
Director: Po Chih Leong
BABYMOTHER Formation Films/FilmFour
Director: Julian Henriques
GET REAL Graphite Films/Paramount Classics
Director: Simon Shore
THE LIFE OF STUFF Prairie Pictures/BBC Films
Director: Simon Donald
GETTING HURT BBC Screen Two
Director: Ben Bolt
Producer: Gareth Neame
***Nominated for RTS Best Score 1998***
LEGEND OF THE LOCH IMAX/Principal Films/Large Format
Director: Mike Slee
THE CORMORANT BBC Screen Two
Director: Peter Markham
THE GIFT BBC1 Screenplay
Director: Sandy Johnson
AFTER THE DANCE BBC Performance
Director: Stuart Burge
FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL Music Consultant
Director: Mike Newell


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