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About Alex

Alex Harwood is a BAFTA Cymru award-winning film composer, whose films have screened worldwide. Alex is a member of BAFTA Crew.

Graduated from the Royal College of Music (Dip Mus), The Juilliard School (Mmus) and the National Film and Television School (MA)

Recent work includes: Yeti or Not? Feature Documentary for Chanel 4 and Animal Planet, What a Performance-Pioneers of Popular Entertainment – BBC4 Documentary Series, Dancing in Circles – BAFTA Cymru Best Short winner (2015), Bronx Lives (Feature Documentary. Singapore/New York Production), ballet for Rambert Dance Company, which was premiered at the QEH (2013), A Celebration of Harry Potter- for Warner Bros. Orlando USA, Z1 (Winner Best Short Film British Independent Film Awards 2014 and Locarno nomination 2013, Dir. Gabriel Gauchet), Girlfriend in a Coma- Documentary (BBC4 dir. Annalisa Piras), No Man’s Land (Winner Best International Documentary, Tehran Int. Short Film Festival, IDFA nomination and broadcast DN2 Denmark), Kids Say animation TV series broadcast in Hong Kong 2014, The Substitute- Cannes Film Festival (2015) and NightDare, (nominated for a Royal Television Society Awards, including best Sound and Music award (2015).

Upcoming: The Café – animation short Dana Boadway Masson US Production, Neck and Neck- for Film London and MewLab.

Unique traits: Film and Television Composer

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  • Dark and Light Leo

    Dark and Light Leo (2015)
    Film (Short, Drama and Fantasy) Composer A fairy tale performed entirely with puppets 'Dark and Light Leo' follows young Leo, who spends his time playing within his own world of make believe. However, when his headstrong uncle comes back into his and his widowed mother's lives, this little boy's powerful 'imagination' turns quite dark.

  • What a Performance! Pioneers of Popular Entertainment

    What a Performance! Pioneers of Popular Entertainment (2015)
    Television (Documentary and Music) Composer Add a Plot »

  • The Chop

    The Chop (2015)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Composer 'The Chop' is a comedy about Yossi, a charismatic Kosher butcher who loses his job, cannot find work at other Kosher butchers, and therefore decides to pretend to be Muslim in order to get work at a Halal butchers.

  • The Evening Her Mind Jumped Out of Her Head

    The Evening Her Mind Jumped Out of Her Head (2015)
    Film (Animation, Short, Action, Comedy and 1 More) Composer One cold winters evening, a serious woman is forced to lighten up when her mind jumps out of her head

  • The Substitute

    The Substitute (2015)
    Film (Short, Drama, Horror and Thriller) Composer A young teacher takes a job at an unusual private school where the boys have a sinister power over the girls.

  • Drømmen om Danmark

    Drømmen om Danmark (2015)
    Film (Documentary) Music department What happens to the many unaccompanied refugee children that disappears from the Danish asylum centres year after year? In DREAMING OF DENMARK director Michael Graversen follows the fate of one of these young boys on the shady side of European society. Wasiullah lives like any other young man. He hangs out with his friends, cracks jokes, takes selfies, and flirts with girls. Denmark has become his home after spending three years in a children's asylum center, arriving alone as a young boy from Afghanistan. But as Wasi turns eighteen and his application for asylum is rejected, he is forced to leave the country. Fearing for his life in Afghanistan, Wasi flees to Italy, hoping to here obtain a residence permit that will allow him to return to Denmark. The director Michael Graversen has followed the young Wasi for many years. The close relationship between them has given Graversen a unique access to Wasi's life underground in Europe. For Wasi, the dream of one day returning to his friends...

  • About a Dog

    About a Dog (2014)
    Film (Short, Comedy, Family and Mystery) Composer A man tries to reconnect with his teenage son by unearthing the mystery of who killed the Ship Ahoy Dog.

  • The Key

    The Key (2014)
    Film (Animation and Short) Composer An animation about western society's hidden fears.

  • Siniestra

    Siniestra (2014)
    Film (Short, Drama and Horror) Composer After being inappropriate with a students, a piano teacher finds it horrifyingly impossible to regain self-control.

  • Dancing in Circles

    Dancing in Circles (2014)
    Film (Short, Drama and Romance) Composer DANCING IN CIRCLES is a relationship study that draws parallels to the folk story of Saint Dwynwen. The Welsh Patron Saint of Lovers ostracised herself after her Love betrayed her and now takes new form in Hannah. Whilst fluidly transitioning between three time periods we learn about Hannah's passionate youth and love for Aled until the break-down of their relationship. But when time reopens a wounded heart, can the ghosts of her past help her heal?

  • Satan Has a Bushy Tail

    Satan Has a Bushy Tail (2014)
    Film (Short, Action, Comedy, Drama and 1 More) Composer Having recently separated from his wife after she claimed he had 'stopped trying', Hugh (32) goes to stay with his newly widowed grandfather Derek (85). A fiercely proud and traditional man, Derek likes things done in a certain way- a trait that soon has Hugh gritting his teeth in frustration... Hugh is troubled to discover his granddad's obsession with a squirrel he claims is 'stealing' from the neighbours' bird feeder. Derek has had enough of the critter's thieving ways, and vows to kill it so that the birds may dine uninterrupted. The pair embark on a bizarre hunt, which soon escalates into full-blown fiasco when the devilish creature invades Derek's home. They then realise this is no ordinary squirrel. Written by Louis Paxton

  • Nest of Stone

    Nest of Stone (2014)
    Film (Documentary, Animation, Short, Biography and 1 More) Composer A collection of memories set in stone

  • Musical Star!

    Musical Star! (2013)
    Film (Short, Comedy, Fantasy and Musical) Composer JIMMY hates Musicals. When EUGENIUS - the cosmically charged, all-singing, all-dancing musical godfather - tap dances into Jimmy's tedium, Jimmy is swept off to a magical theater realm and told he is destined to become the Greatest Musical Star of all time! But Jimmy's aversion to the melodic art runs far deeper than mere dislike. In order to save the world from a tuneless future, Jimmy is forced to confront a buried childhood trauma... MUSICAL STAR! is a charming, entertaining comedy for everyone who ever loved, or hated musicals. A tale of magic, optimism and... childhood trauma, MUSICAL STAR! dares to ask the question, 'When every thing's so crappy, whats wrong with being happy?' Written by Anonymous

  • Keepsake

    Keepsake (2013)
    Film (Short and Drama) Composer A single selfless act brings back the memory of a happier time.

  • Fink

    Fink (2013)
    Film (Short and Family) Composer Brody, a recently divorced and overworked father, cannot find a way to connect with his son Jake. When Jake runs away, Brody searches to no avail until he comes across something he wasn't looking for, something long forgotten: his childhood imaginary friend, Fink. Written by Anonymous

  • Z1

    Z1 (2013)
    Film (Short and Drama) Composer Ruth and Guy's years of resentment, manipulation and maliciousness culminate in a bitter separation. Things spiral out of control when their ten year old son, Max, starts to behave abnormally.

  • First Light

    First Light (2013)
    Film (Animation, Short, Adventure, Drama and 1 More) Composer Daniela lives in a city that is always building, moving, climbing. As a humble employee and resident of the city, she never knows where her house will be taken next but when she opens her door one evening to find her house gone, she must follow a journey that leads to parts of the city she is never known before. Her search will shed new light on the place she calls home; her view of the city will be changed forever. Written by Anonymous

  • Homey

    Homey (2013)
    Film (Short, Adventure, Drama and Family) Composer 'Homey' is about a game of British Bulldog being played at an inner-city primary school. It follows 8-year-old Bertie as he aims to achieve the epic and extraordinary feat of... making it from one side of the playground to the other. In between lies a battlefield - a bank of children, intent on stopping him. Can he hold his nerve and make it? Written by Anonymous

  • Ingenmandsland

    Ingenmandsland (2013)
    Film (Documentary and Short) Composer Having left family and parents behind, teenagers from Afghanistan, Iran and Ethiopia find themselves caught in limbo at a Danish Asylum Center. Their everyday life is filled with waiting and uncertainty, whilst staff prepare for one of the toughest days on the job. Written by Thessaloniki doc fest

  • Bolt

    Bolt (2013)
    Film (Short, Drama, Family and Romance) Music department Anna's return to the dating game sees the temperature rising when her date cooks dinner and there is more than steak on the menu. Romance is soon thwarted by the needs of her autistic teenage son, and suddenly she finds it's not just her date left in the cold. Written by Anonymous

  • Beginning

    Beginning (2012)
    Film (Short and Drama) Composer Claire flees her house in the early hours of the morning and heads for a late night cafe. Is she looking for something or has she left something behind?

  • Flat Frog

    Flat Frog (2012)
    Video (Animation, Short, Adventure, Comedy and 1 More) Composer Flat Frog is based on the misadventures of two rustic frogs that are always anxious to cross the road in search of females. Ever the ignorant optimists, the two rubes manage to get run over again and again out on the road but this never seems to dampen their enthusiasm or their certainty that a bevy of beautiful young female frogs is always just around the corner awaiting them. Written by Anonymous

  • Four

    Four (2012)
    Video (Animation, Short and Fantasy) Composer Four is a tribute to nature and in particular to the passing of seasons giving rhythm to all living beings lifetime and nourishing wishes and hope.

  • Next Exit

    Next Exit (2012)
    Film (Short and Horror) Composer A young woman is given a lift home from a wedding by an apparently friendly stranger. But the mood quickly darkens leading her to a destination she could never have imagined

  • The Road Home

    The Road Home (2012)
    Film (Documentary, Short, Adventure, Drama and 1 More) Composer The Road Home is an American road trip following Lyle Kane as he travels from Brooklyn, New York to Southern Florida in search of the truth about his past, and uncovering a complex web of family secrets. 38 years ago, Lyle Kane was adopted by a Jewish couple from Brooklyn. He knew that his birth mother was a teenager from rural Florida, and his birth father was a young pig farmer from Georgia, but it took him decades to finally find them. We're traveling south to meet the parents that gave him up all those years ago. Written by Anonymous

  • Txoria

    Txoria (2012)
    Film (Documentary, Short, Biography and Music) Composer Itziar Mendizabal is a firs soloist at The Royal Ballet of London. When she was a child, she asked her father if she could be a ballet dancer. Her father wrote to her the lyrics of the famous Basque song: Txoria Txori (The bird is a bird), setting her free to do what she wanted. Using the symbol of the bird to portray a strong woman, TXORIA is a collaboration between a dancer, a choreographer and the filmmakers of this documentary. Written by Anonymous

  • Girlfriend in a Coma

    Girlfriend in a Coma (2012)
    Film (Documentary) Composer Renowned British journalist examines Italy's moral, political and economic crisis, looking for clues to its possible salvation--and that of the West as a whole.

  • Kiss

    Kiss (2012)
    Film (Short and Drama) Composer The funfair is in town for one last night and for Laura and Claire it's their last chance to impress the boy on the waltzers. But with Laura's younger brother in tow the evening soon spirals out of control.

  • An Anxious Mind

    An Anxious Mind (2012)
    Film (Short) Composer Add a Plot »

  • After School Club

    After School Club (2012)
    Film (Short and Drama) Composer Two suburban mums find escapism from the monotony of their daily routines by venturing into the woods to play childish war games.

  • The End of an Era

    The End of an Era (2012)
    Film (Animation and Short) Composer Colin the cockroach and his grandfather need to stave off the boredom of life beyond the apocalypse; a trip to the cinema awaits. But will Cenozoic Park-a tale of homo sapiens brought back from extinction-prove too much for him to face?

  • All Men's Dead

    All Men's Dead (2012)
    Film (Short, Drama and War) Music department "As the German blitz raids reach their 39th day further air raids are to be expected at anytime..." At BBC broadcasting House, Bruce Belfrage and the rest of the staff are preparing the nightly news for millions of anxious listeners, but when the building suffers a direct hit they must pull together to face a terrible choice. Inspired by a true story. Written by Anonymous

  • Volume

    Volume (2012)
    Film (Short and Drama) Music department Sam lives in a place where everything is polished and secrets are cleaned up and kept. So when Georgina goes missing, everyone acts like nothing happened. But Sam can't stop thinking about her, the enigma who lived next door, swimming daily in her pool. As Sam drifts back into his memories of Georgina, he comes to realise he may know more than he wants to remember. Written by Casey Herbert

  • Drying for Freedom

    Drying for Freedom (2011)
    Film (Documentary, Comedy, Drama and News) Music department DRYING FOR FREEDOM is about our right to protect the planet. With a worldwide focus on cutting carbon emissions, why are communities across America preventing people from using a clothesline? How would you respond if you were banned from being environmentally friendly? DRYING FOR FREEDOM reveals the story of our love affair with energy, the people who are campaigning against it, the rules society has created to sustain it and the destruction it is causing our planet. It explores how outdoor clothes drying is banned in communities across the USA and how corporate America sold its citizens the dream of electric bliss in the 1950s, a dream which is now America's biggest export, signifying that our future is hanging on the line. Written by Anonymous

  • Loose Ends

    Loose Ends (2010)
    Film (Short and Drama) Composer On a climbing trip in Wales, two childhood friends battle with their feelings of betrayal and lost friendship.

  • There's Bliss in the Kiss

    There's Bliss in the Kiss (2010)
    Film (Animation, Short, Comedy, Family and 1 More) Composer A princess on the lookout for Mr. Right is willing to give even the most unlikely candidate a try.

Awards

  • BAFTA Crew
    (2016)

  • BAFTA Cymru
    (2015)

  • UnderWrire Film Festival Best Composer
    (2012)

  • New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
    (1992)

  • Fellow in Composition, Tanglewood Music Center
    (1991)

  • Hilda Anderson Deane Prize
    (1988)

  • United Music Publishers Prize for Outstanding Composition Student
    (1988)

  • Cobbett and Hurlstone Prize
    (1988)

Education

  • The National Film and Television School
    (2011-2013)

  • The Juilliard
    (1989-1991)

  • UCLA
    (1988-1989)

  • Royal College of Music
    (1984-1988)

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