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Alex Heffes is a British film composer (born 1971 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire). His film scores include the BAFTA-winning Touching the Void, and Oscar-winning movies One Day in September, "The Last King of Scotland (film)", and "Inside Job.
He graduated from Oxford University with first class honours and started his professional life playing keyboards and writing and arranging for commercials and TV (his band is featured playing in jazz club scenes in the film Circus). This led to him becoming assistant to composer Simon Boswell with whom he scored over 20 movies including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Cousin Bette. He also collaborated on Elton John’s score to Women Talking Dirty and with members of Blur.
Since then he has gone on to become a successful movie composer, notably scoring many of Kevin Macdonald’s films. He travelled to Uganda to produce the soundtrack to The Last King of Scotland. He has proved successful in a variety of different genres including Steve Coogan’s The Parole Officer, Out of Reach with Steven Seagal and Trauma starring Colin Firth and Mena Suvari.
He always conducts his own orchestral scores. Concert commissions include pieces for the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Oman, the Sangat Music Festival in Mumbai and the Birmingham Schools percussion Ensemble.
- State of Play
- My Enemy's Enemy
- Tsunami: The Aftermath
- Dear Frankie
- Last King of Scotland
- The Bridge (2006 documentary film)
- Imagine Me and You
- Vet Hard (UK title Too Fat too Furious)
- Trauma (2004 film)
- Out of Reach
- Dear Frankie
- Touching the Void (film)
- The Parole Officer
- Late Night Shopping
- One Day in September
- The Rite
- Escape Plan
- Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom