British Film Music Seminar

05 Aug 2015
Film Fest Gent annualy organises the Film Music Seminar in collaboration with the University College Gent, School of Arts and curated by dr. Martine Huvenne. Year after year, famous and important professionals of the film music industry teach participants about film music or sound design.

This year's edition of the Film Music & Sound Seminar will focus on 'British Film Music' and will take place on Thursday 22 October 2015 from 9:30 to 16:00.

The first part of the seminar will be a conversation with composer George Fenton, focussing on his longlasting collaboration with director Ken Loach, among other directors. During the second part British composers Daniel Pemberton and Craig Armstrong will be invited for a debate concerning the difference between collaborations for British and North American productions. Dr. Martine Huvenne will be leading the debate.

The Speakers

Martine Huvenne - curator and moderator

Dr. Martine Huvenne is researcher and lecturer sound and music for film at the Faculty of Audiovisual Arts of the School of Arts Gent, University College Ghent and LUCA School of Arts. She completed her PhD on “Sound as Inner Movement in the Transfer of Experience in film: a Phenomenological Approach” at the University of Amsterdam. During the years following a Laban training course with Rob Struyf (who himself was trained by Kurt Jooss), she organized dance workshops exploring the interaction between music/composition and movement /composition.

Martine Huvenne is also curator and co-organizer of the Ghent Film Fest’s annual seminar on music and sound design in film. She coordinates the curriculum development for a European Master of Arts in Sound ( which is intended to start in August 2015.

George Fenton

Fenton started composing music for British directors such as Peter Gill, Howard Davies, Adrian Noble and Richard Eyre. He got famous as a film music composer in 1982 with his score for Richard Attenborough’s biopic ‘Gandhi’ for which he was nominated (with his collaborator Ravi Shankar) for the Original Music Score Academy Award. He also composed music for several television series and documentaries such as ‘The Blue Planet’ and ‘Planet Earth’ for which he received two Emmy Awards.

Craig Armstrong

2001 WSA Discovery Craig Armstrong is known as a skilled and experienced writer for theatre and film. Amongst his many credits are the scores for the Baz Luhrmann hits ‘Romeo + Juliet’’, ‘Moulin Rouge’, the Oscar-winning bio-pic ‘Ray’ (for which Armstrong was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Original Score) and the this year released ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’, which earned him i.a. BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.

Daniel Pemberton

Winner of the 2014 WSA Discovery Award. The British composer was awarded for his scores for ‘The Counselor’ by Ridley Scott and ‘Cuban Fury’ by James Griffiths. Pemberton was only sixteen when he began composing in 1994 and now has 103 credits to his name, largely owed to the numerous TV series (Desperate Romantics, Occupation), mini series (Upstairs Downstairs, The Games), TV docs, television movies and games for which he provided the music. It has only been in these last couple of years that he focuses on feature films, such as The Man from UNCLE by Guy Ritchie as one of his recent major works.

British Film Music Seminar / Thursday 22 October 2015 / 09:30 - 16:00 / Kinepolis 4 (Ter Platen 12, Ghent)
Tickets (€15 / €20)

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Film Fest Gent also offers combined tickets for Film Music Seminar & WSAwards Industry Day (€25 / €35)

Prepare yourself for this seminar by listening to some Great British Film Music on Spotify.