Award-winning composer Stephen Rennicks has been crafting inimitable soundtracks for the best of Independent Cinema and Television for over twenty years.
Rennicks’ latest projects include Conversations With Friends; the highly anticipated follow up to Normal People. The 12-part TV Drama, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Leanne Welham and produced by Element Pictures, airs on the BBC and Hulu on May 15th. Good Luck To You, Leo Grande; written by Katy Brand and directed by Sophie Hyde, the sex-positive tale of empowerment and self-discovery stars Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack. And An Cailín Ciuín/The Quiet Girl is adapted from a short story by Claire Keegan and directed by Colm Bairéad. The mesmerising feature tells the story of a neglected girl sent away from her dysfunctional family to live with foster parents for the summer.
In 2020 Rennicks scored ‘Normal People’, continuing his working partnership with director Lenny Abrahamson. The 12-part adaptation of Sally Rooney’s bestselling novel tells the coming-of-age story of two young people moving from adolescence to young adulthood against the backdrop of Ireland during the global economic recession. It was one of the most-watched shows in 2020 on the BBC and Hulu, with the music on the show receiving outstanding reviews in publications such as Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Vice, The NY Times and The Hollywood Reporter.
Prior to Normal People, Rennicks and Abrahamson collaborated on the feature Room, based on Emma Donoghue’s bestselling novel of the same name starring Brie Larson (who picked up the Oscar for Best Actress), Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and William H. Macy, the film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Abrahamson’s first Oscar nomination for Best Director. And the breakout cult-hit, Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson – a film with music at its heart saw Rennicks’ stand-out songwriting, score and musical direction unanimously praised. Rennicks won the ‘Best Technical Achievement in Music’ award at the British Independent Film Awards for his incredible work on the film. In addition, the soundtrack was named number three in Mojo’s soundtrack albums that year.
Among Rennicks’ other credits are Death of a Ladies Man – a feature about a carousing college professor played by Gabriel Byrne, whose life becomes blighted by surreal hallucinations; Maya Zinshtein’s, Forever Pure, an extraordinary feature-length documentary on the transfer of two Chechen Muslim soccer players to Israel’s Beitar Jerusalem FC; Spanish language film Viva, directed by Paddy Breathnach and set in the crumbling beauty of Havana, is an emotionally-charged drama about a hairdresser who is forced to quit performing at the local drag club by his boxer father; Muse, a psych-thriller about an academic who slips into a world controlled by the ancient spirits of inspiration, the Muses; while Birthmarked, starring Toni Collette, is an off-the-wall comedy about genetics, destiny and – ultimately – family.
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