Working at the forefront of a new wave of emerging artists, Nainita Desai is a BAFTA BREAKTHROUGH BRIT 2016-17 and one of the UK’s leading composers having scored countless bespoke TV series and film scores for all the major broadcasters from the BBC to HBO to ITV and C4. She is a recent winner of the Music+Sound Award for Best Feature Film Score, a Women in Sync Awards 2016 Nominee, RTS Craft Award 2014 Nominee for Best Original Music and RTS Scotland Awards 2014.
Nainita recently scored two features; the BFI psychological horror Darkness Visible (Dir: Neil Biswas, co-creator of Sky 1 Lucky Man), and WW2 thriller Ni’ihau, filmed at Pinewood Malaysia.
Nainita’s latest projects are the features 5 Years in Love And War (C4) by Emmy award winner Ed Watts, Untamed Romania, the most successful non-fiction film ever released in Romania that world premiered at Transylvania Film Festival 2018, The Life After (BBC / Irish Film Board) world premiering at Galway Intl Film Festival 2018, dramas Anemone (BBC Film | Film London), Exit Eve, exec prod: Camille Gatin (The Girl With All the Gifts), and Interactive movie / video game Telling Lies for Annapurna Interactive (Phantom Thread, Zero Dark Thirty) directed by multi-Bafta winning Sam Barlow.
Also known for her work on dramas including Emmy winner Maxwell (BBC) and the factual drama To Kidnap A Princess (ITV), recent projects include The Confessions of Thomas Quick (BFI/Film4), Bafta 2018 Nominees Raped: My Story and Catching A Killer (C4), landmark series Extraordinary Rituals the BBC NHU follow up to the multi Bafta winning series Human Planet, and title theme for the prestigious BBC Royal Wedding Meghan and Harry.
Working in a wide range of musical genres, she moves seamlessly between working with orchestras including the London Contemporary Orchestra (Phantom Thread, There Will Be Blood) and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, to ethnic influenced music utilising her collection of custom made instruments from around the world, and electronic and experimental sound design with guitars and electronics well as song-writing which has led to collaborations with artists including singer Eivor (The Last Kingdom) and writing documentary musicals for the BBC including the acclaimed Mumbai High – The Musical, and upcoming Meet The Thakrars (BBC1).
Nainita’s musical foundations are rooted in documentary where she has forged an enviable reputation, working with leading film makers on numerous projects that have garnered OSCAR, BAFTA, EMMYawards and nominations, proving time and again that she is extremely versatile, able to adapt to the demands of any project and has an ability to embrace every score with a unique creative approach.
As a sound designer, Nainita’s career began on feature films for Bertolluci (Little Buddha) and Werner Herzog (Lessons of Darkness) including Backbeat (Dir: Ian Softley), Lessons of Darkness (Dir: Werner Herzog), August (Dir: Anthony Hopkins), and Hackers (Angelina Jolie).
Nainita obtained degrees in Maths before attending the NFTS specializing in sound design. She was born and brought up in London to Indian parents and her eclectic musical upbringing as a child led her to studying the sitar, piano, guitar, tabla, singing and violin. Her passion for music technology led to her working as a freelance music engineer working with many top artistes and bands ranging from The Damned to Tori Amos. which led to work with Peter Gabriel during the legendary “Real World Recording Week”sessions, working with over 70 of the top World Music artistes including Papa Wemba, Billy Cobham, Daniel Lanois, Jane Sibbery, Nigel Kennedy, Sinead O’Connor, Ravi Shankar and Peter Gabriel.