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Alex Heffes (//) is a British film composer (born 2 September 1971). His film scores include those for the BAFTA-winning Touching the Void, and Oscar-winning movies One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland, and Inside Job. Heffes was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for his work on Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Early life and career
Heffes was born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, and learned the piano from an early age. 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 worked with members of Blur.
In 1999, after a chance meeting with Kevin Macdonald he wrote the score to the Oscar winning documentary One Day in September. This led to a long collaboration with Macdonald, on films such as Touching the Void, State of Play and The Last King of Scotland. During the production of Last King of Scotland he travelled to Uganda to produce the songs and score in the movie. He has worked with many notable directors including Stephen Frears (The Program), Mira Nair (Queen of Katwe), Justin Chadwick (The First Grader, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Peter Webber (Emperor) and Catherine Hardwick (Red Riding Hood). He contributed additional arrangements to Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd.
In 2011 he released his first solo album, Face to Face. The album was created by improvising on location in a series of one on one collaborations with artists such as Regina Spektor, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Tunde Jegede. The tracks with Matthew Barley were recorded in the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern in London.
He always conducts his own orchestral scores and frequently plays piano on his scores.
|1997||Killer Net||Channel 4 Television Corporation||with Simon Boswell|
|2002||Stan the Man||ITV||6 episode miniseries|
|2006||Tsunami: The Aftermath||BBC
|2 part miniseries|
|2012||Secret State||Company Pictures
|4 episode TV Mini-Series|
Warner Bros. Television
|Hulu limited series 8 episodes|
|Roots||History Channel||4 part TV Mini-Series|
|Black Mirror Series 3 Episode 3: Shut Up and Dance||Netflix||-|
|2018||Next of Kin episodes 1-3||Mammoth Screen
|6 part Mini-Series, music for episodes 4-6 composed by Peter Bateman||-|
|2020||A Suitable Boy||[6 Episodes Miniseries]|
Awards and nominations
- Nominated: 2007 BAFTA TV Awards Best Original Television Music - Tsunami: The Aftermath
- Nominated: 2007 European Film Award, European Composer - The Last King of Scotland
- Won: 2009 ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films - State of Play
- Won: 2011 World Soundtrack Awards, Discovery of the Year - The First Grader, The Rite
- Nominated: 2012 Black Reel Awards, Best Original Score - The First Grader
- Nominated: 2012 Image Awards, Outstanding Soundtrack Album - The First Grader
- Won: 2012 Ivor Novello Awards, Best Original Film Score - The First Grader
- Nominated: 2013 Golden Globe Awards Best Original Score for a Motion Picture - Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
- Nominated: 2016 Online Film & Television Association Awards, Best Music in a Non-Series - Roots (2016)
- Won: 2016 Hollywood Music In Media Awards, Original Score for a TV Show/Mini Series - Roots (2016)
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