Richard G. Mitchell: Composer

Richard is best known as a composer for scoring movies such as A GOOD WOMAN (Scarlett Johansson, Helen Hunt & Tom Wilkinson), TO KILL A KING (Tim Roth, Olivia Williams, Rupert Everett and Dougray Scott), GRAND THEFT PARSONS (Johnny Knoxville, Michael Shannon and Christina Applegate) and for his television work, the score for the BBC period drama: THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL.

He's been nominated for numerous awards, winning an Ivor Novello for the film TRIAL BY FIRE, the Royal Television Society Award for the THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL, the Best Score at the New York Film Festival for RUSH HOUR & Polish Academy Award Nomination for the Günter Grass movie: THE CALL OF THE TOAD.

He graduated from St Martins School of Art in the early 80’s where he studied for a degree in Fine Art. His tutor, Malcolm Le Grice, was the Godfather of the British avant garde film movement and Richard’s innate passion for electronic music soon took precedence over his visual work as 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, where he collaborated on his first film score with Cornelius Cardew and PLM.

His career took off, and he initially became known as an exciting and innovative composer of distinctive electronic scores for television documentaries and drama productions. He later developed a love of writing and arranging music for strings and orchestra which, together with an unusual approach to using voices and an organic mixture of electronica, has since seen his work evolve into many different genres, from period scores to drum and bass, from theatre production to live events and ultimately, movie scores.

His most recent major work was the score for MOBY DICK starring William Hurt, Ethan Hawke, Gillian Anderson, Charlie Cox & Donald Sutherland.

A GOOD WOMAN was an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's original play 'Lady Windermere's Fan' and relocated to the Amalfi coast, of the 1930's. The movie was directed by Mike Barker, who Richard has a successful ongoing working relationship which includes recent scores for both MOBY DICK & SEA WOLF starring Sebastian Koch.  Their collaboration started in the 90's at the BBC with Anne Bronte's THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL, later followed by TO KILL A KING - a movie which tells of events at the end of the English Civil War with Tim Roth as Oliver Cromwell, and a cast including Olivia Williams, Dougray Scott & Rupert Everett.

Richard composed a country based score for the indie feature GRAND THEFT PARSONS, starring Johnny Knoxville, Michael Shannon & Christine Applegate allowing him the opportunity to work with legendary pedal steel guitar player Al Perkins. The movie was based on the bizarre events that followed the death in the early 1970's of Country Rock singer Gram Parsons, whose friend Al Perkins played in the band on his albums.

The score for UK/Canadian movie ALMOST HEAVEN, a romantic comedy shot in Scotland starring Tom Conti, involved a score and song collaboration with Phil Collins. Richard also composed the music for THE CALL OF THE TOAD written by Günter Grass, which was directed by one of Poland's most celebrated directors Robert Glinskî, and TEMPESTA, directed by Tim Disney, stars Malcolm McDowell, Scot Williams,& Rutger Hauer - the thriller, takes its name from the painting by Giorgione, is shot in Venice & set in the world of art forgery.

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 and THE BRIDGE starring Saskia Reeves and Joss Ackland. His world music track on ESCAPE FROM TIBET which involved performances by Tibetan musicians reinforces the diversity of his work. Earlier films include Renny Harlins' action blockbuster BORN AMERICAN, LA COUPE DE LA GLOIRE, a movie about the 1998 French World Cup and BASIL, a Hollywood period film based on the Wilkie Collins novel starring Christian Slater, Jared Leto, Sir Derek Jacobi and Claire Forlani.

He was commissioned to compose a jazz suite for the highly acclaimed Francis Bacon Retrospective at the Tate Gallery, the Opening Ceremony for FIFA's Euro 96 Football Championship which was televised live from Wembley Stadium and his composition for the theatre includes the score for Corin Redgrave's production of OUSAMA. Most recent is HIDDEN IN THE SAND, written and directed by the award winning playwright and director James Phillips at the Trafalgar Theatre in London's West End.