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Mark Thomas - Composer Profile

Award winning composer Mark Thomas, is undoubtedly one of Britain's most diverse, versatile and exciting composers, with established credits over hundreds of scores for film and television.

With an honour's degree in music, Mark is classically trained and during the early part of his career he was a freelance session and symphony orchestra violinist with both the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It was in the recording studio performing on feature films and soundtracks for composers such as Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, John Barry, Michael Kamen, Alan Silvestri, and John Williams that Mark began to sow the seeds for his future success as a composer for film and television.

Having won a BAFTA for his original score to Twin Town, he went on to score the critically acclaimed cult horror film Dog Soldiers for Chris Figg's Noel Gay Picture Company. He then went on to score Agent Cody Banks II for MGM, The Magic Roundabout for Pathe Pictures/Miramax, Shadows in the Sun, starring Harvey Keite, the family film Greyfriars Bobby for Picadilly Pictures, and the horror feature Wilderness for Ecosse Films. He was then asked to score Goal III for Milkshake Films and the UK comedy feature Swinging With The Finkels, starring Martin Freeman, as well as the child adoption comedy drama, Foster, starring Ioan Gruffudd and Toni Colette. Of late he has scored both Marley & Me: The Puppy Years for 20th Century Fox, (the sequel to the hugely successful Marley & Me) and Flicka: Country Pride. His most recent score was for the Riviera Films comedy feature, The Sweeter Side Of Life.

Mark's success has come from his intuitive understanding of what is required from a score combined with a focused interpretation of a director's aspirations. Whilst stylistically innovative and always ready to experiment with ideas, he is constantly aware of the appropriate contextual and commercial requirements of score writing.

Mark is as comfortable writing for a full symphony orchestra as he is working on rock, jazz, choral or contemporary sample based scores - his skills are applicable to all categories of entertainment. Apart from the numerous feature films he has scored, his work in television is extensive having worked on period (Aristocrats) & contemporary dramas (Doc Martin, Big Dippers, Dalziel & Pascoe), comedies (Anytime Now, Benidorm, Hyperdrive, Plus One, May Contain Nuts, Star Stories, Kevin Bishop Show, Ladies Of Letters and Episodes), children's series (Seriously Weird, Shaun The Sheep, Timmy), as well as documentaries and numerous commercial campaigns. He has also worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and been commissioned to write numerous classical works.

Mark scored the adventure/comedy feature Back In Business for 21st Century Productions, and Moon Dance Alexander, a feature film directed by Michael Damian for Riviera Films and starring Don Johnson. He scored and wrote the songs for Shaun The Sheep, the incredibly successful comedy animation from the world famous and Oscar award winning Aardman Studios. He has also scored all series of Benidorm, and Series 1 of May Contain Nuts, both comedies for Tiger Aspect. He went onto score Star Stories and The Kevin Bishop Show, both for Objective Productions, as well as Plus One for Kudos and Ruth Jones’ Stella. He scored two series of Ladies Of Letters, a 20-part adaptation of the much loved books for Tiger Aspect/ITV, and has most recently scored both series of the highly successful Showtime/Hat Trick Production’s show Episodes, starring Matt Leblanc and for which he was nominated for an EMMY.

Credits

FEATURE FILMS

THE SWEETER SIDE OF LIFE Riviera Films
Director: Michael Damian
Producer: Janeed Damian
Starring: Kathryn Morris, James Best, Alastair Mackenzie
FLICKA: COUNTRY PRIDE 20th Century Fox
Director: Michael Damian
Producer: Connie Dolphin
Starring: Clint Black, Emily Bett Rickards
MARLEY & ME: THE PUPPY YEARS 20th Century Fox
Director: Michael Damian
Producer: Connie Dolphin
Starring: Travis Turner, Donnelly Rhodes
FOSTER Kintop Films
Director: Jonathan Newman
Producer: Deepak Nayar
Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Toni Colette
SWINGING WITH THE FINKELS Filmaka
Director: Jonathan Newman
Producer: Deepak Nayar
Starring: Martin Freeman, Mandy Moore, Melissa George
GOAL! III Milkshake Films
Director: Andrew Morahan
Producers: Matt Barrelle, Peter Heslop
Starring: J.J. Field
MOON DANCE ALEXANDER Riviera Films
Director: Michael Damian
Producer: Janeen Damian
BACK IN BUSINESS 21st Century Productions
Director: Chris Munro
Producer: Neil Gardiner
WILDERNESS Ecosse Films
Producer: John Mcdonnell
Director: Michael J Bassett
GREYFRIARS BOBBY Picadilly Pictures
Producer: Christopher Figg
Director: John Henderson
SHADOWS IN THE SUN Studio Eight Productions
Director: Brad Mirman
Producers: Jamie Brown, Lewin Webb, Gary Howsam
Cast: Harvey Keitel, Joshua Jackson, Claire Forlani
THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT Pathe Pictures
Director: Jean Duvall
Producer: Laurent Roden, Andy Leighton
AGENT CODY BANKS II MGM
Director: Kevin Allen
Producers: David Nicksay, Dylan Sellars
DOG SOLDIERS Noel Gay Picture Company
Producer: Chris Figg THE FINAL CURTAIN
DNA/Young Crossbow
Written by John Hodge
Starring: Peter O'Toole, Aiden Gidden
RE-INVENTING EDDIE Comedy Feature
Director: Jim Doyle
Producer: Ian Brady
THE BIG TEASE Warner Brothers
Director: Kevin Allen
Starring: Craig Ferguson, Mary McCormack, David Rasche
TWIN TOWN Dark comedy thriller set in Wales
Director: Kevin Allen
Starring: Rhys Ifans and Llyr Evans
Winner of Best Original Score at the 1998 BAFTA Cymru Awards
Nomimated for Best Original Score at the 1998 BAFTA Awards
TESTIMONY OF TELIESIN JONES Feature film Starring: Jonathan Price, Griff Rhys Jones, Mathew Rhys
UP 'N UNDER Directed by John Godber
Starring: Gary Olsen, Neil Morrissey, Samantha Janus
Reached number 2 in the British Top 10 movies in January 1998
THE SEA CHANGE Starring: Maryam d'Abo, Sean Chapman, Ray Winstone
HOUSE! Feature film
Starring Freddie Jones, Kelly Macdonald, Miriam Margolies
MAD COWS Comedy
Adapted from the best-selling novel by Kathy Lette
Starring: Anna Friel, Joanna Lumley, Greg Wise
MERLIN THE RETURN Feature film
Director: Paul Mathews
Starring: Rik Mayall, Patrick Bergin, Adrian Paul, Tia Carrerra
HOODED ANGELS Feature film
Starring: Amanda Donahue, Paul Johansson
MOSES, THE ANIMATED OLD TESTAMENT Feature Animation (Emmy Winner)
WILD JUSTICE British action/thriller
Starring: Roy Scheider
CHAMELEON Winner at the 1998 Celtic Film Festival
ONE FULL MOON Nominated for Best Original Score at the BAFTA Cymru Awards


TELEVISION

BEING EILEEN BBC
Director: Michael Wynne
Executive Producer: Peter Thornton
Producer: Rosemary McGowan
Starring: Sue Johnston
STELLA (SERIES 1) Tidy Productions
Director: Susan Tully
Executive Producer: Ruth Jones, Barry Lynch
Producer: Jane Dauncey
Starring: Ruth Jones
EPISODES Showtime/Hat Trick Productions
Director: James Griffiths
Producer: Jimmy Mulville
Writers: David Crane, Jeffrey Klarik
Starring: Matt LeBlanc, Tamsin Greig
***Emmy Nominated***
LADIES OF LETTERS (Series 1 & 2)
Tiger Aspect/ITV3
Director: John Henderson
Executive Producer: Geoffrey Perkins
Line Producer: Philippa Catt
STAR STORIES: Series 3 Objective Productions
Director: Ben Palmer
Producers: Michael Livingstone, Lee Hupfield
PLUS ONE Kudos
Director: Sarah O'Gorman
Producer: Matthew Bird
THE KEVIN BISHOP SHOW Objective Productions
Director: Elliot Hegarty
Producer: Lee Hupfield
SHAUN THE SHEEP (Series 1 & 2)
Aardman
Director: Richard Goleszowski
Producer: Julie Lockhart
MAY CONTAIN NUTS Tiger Aspect
Director: John Henderson
Producer: Lucy Robinson
BENIDORM Tiger Aspect
Director: Kevin Allen
Producer: Phillipa Catt
HYPERDRIVE (Series 1 & 2) BBC
Director: John Henderson
Producer: Alex Walsh-Taylor
BIG DIPPERS Red Productions
Director: Ciaran Donnelly
Producer: Matthew Bird
ANYTIME NOW BBC Northern Ireland
Director: John Woods
Producer: Leslie McKimm
DALZIEL & PASCOE BBC
Director: Patrick Lau
Producer: Annie Tricklebank
DOC MARTIN Sky TV/Buffalo Pics
Director: Ben Bolt
Producer: Philipa Braithwaite
Starring: Martin Clunes
ARISTOCRATS BBC 1
Director: David Caffrey
Producer: Christopher Hall, David Snodin
JACK OF HEARTS BBC 1
Starring: Keith Allen, Ruth Madoc, Andrew Sachs
THE LITTLE UNICORN Director: Paul Mathews
Starring: David Warner, George Hamilton, Emma Samms
THE MEEKSVILLE GHOST Co-written with Alan Darby
Director: David Lister
Starring: Lesley Anne Down, Judge Rheinhold
SORCERER'S APPRENTICE Director: David Lister
Starring: Kelly Le Brock
BERSERKER Director: Paul Mathews
Starring: Paul Johanssohn, Patrick Bergin
HOME FARM TWINS BBC children's x 2 series
MEN WHO CHANGED FOOTBALL BBC series
RUMOURS OF ANGELS BBC series
Starring: Thora Hird
EQUINOX - THE SCIENCE OF STRESS Channel 4/Carlton/The Discovery Channel
THE MAKING OF MAPS Director: Endaf Emlyn (Winner of the Hugo Award) Nominated for Best Original Score at the BAFTA Awards
RICHARD BURTON'S A CHRISTMAS STORY Nominated for Best Original Score at the BAFTA Awards
DAISIES IN DECEMBER Starring: Joss Ackland, Jean Simmons
THE MARSHALL Starring: Alfred Molina
THE FINAL PASSAGE Director: Sir Peter Hall
Other Programmes: Raging Planet, Pris Y Farchand, Three Men In A Boat, A Mind To Kill, Y Llyffant, The Wonders of Weather, South of Westminster, Southern Eye, House To House, Cinema 100, Grassroots, The Mysteries of Magic


Adverts

Numerous ads and idents including the 2 new Nescafe Adverts!



Theatre

TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA Royal Shakespeare Company


Musicals

CELTIC ODYSSEY, LAZARUS



Radio

SHAW'S MAN AND SUPERMAN A celebration of 50 years of BBC Radio 3
Director: Sir Peter Hall


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