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Known for: Documentary, Feature Documentary

Ivor Novello nominee and Royal Television Society award winning composer, Nainita Desai was the Discovery of the Year winner at the World Soundtrack Awards 2021. 

Her company Soundology are trailblazers in the world of film & TV who have scored hundreds of acclaimed films. 

A double BIFA, Cinema Eye Honors nominee; BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, and IFMCA Breakthrough Composer of the year 2019, Nainita was described by Empire magazine as one of the top 5 composers to watch for 2022.

Her recent projects include Oscar nominated and BAFTA and Cannes winning feature documentary For Sama, Sundance and BIFA winning feature The Reason I Jump, an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity. Other recent credits include BBC dramas Unprecedented and Maryland, Bafta nominated American Murder [Netflix’s most watched documentary of 2020], ITV crime drama series The Tower (Mammoth Screen; Gemma Whelan), as well as Netflix hit 14 Peaks : Nothing Is Impossible (exec: Jimmy Chinn), Kevin Macdonald’s The Story Of Us and Interactive film / video game Telling Lies, the acclaimed release by Annapurna Interactive.

2022 projects include BBC One action thriller Crossfire (Dancing Ledge; Keeley Hawes), Sky drama Funny Girl (Rebel Park, Potboiler, Gemma Arterton) and major feature documentaries for John Battsek, Misfits, and Rory Kennedy amongst landmark series Earthsounds for Apple TV+ and Predators for Sky/Netflix plus video games for Electronic Arts and Interactive film-game Immortality for release summer 2022.

Nainita moves seamlessly between working with orchestras to song writing. With her musical foundations rooted in world music, she composes using her collection of custom-made instruments, electronics and found sound. This innate musical ability, coupled with a background in sound design and technical innovation, has fuelled her powerful and emotive scores. 

Her original approach to composition involves deeply researched collaborations to find those voices that are not usually heard, creating sounds that are truly unique, and ensuring that she is one of the most sought-after composers for both scripted and non-scripted.

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Film
2023 - Global Refugee Crisis Directed By Rory Kennedy | Moxie Films
2023 - Untitled Digital Privacy film Directed By Kate Stonehill | BFI / Doc Society / Tribeca / CAA
2022 (forthcoming) - The Blue Hole Directed by Laura McGann John Battsek | Ventureland / A24
2022 (forthcoming) - Body Parts Dir: Kristy Guevera-Flanagan | Tribeca Film Festival premiere 2022
2022 (forthcoming) - Sweepstakes Hero Directed by Clair Titley | Misfits Entertainment / MRC
2022 (forthcoming) - Villeneuve & Pironi Directed By Torquil Jones | Noah Media / Sky Studios
2022 - The Wall: Climb For Gold Directed by Nick Hardie | Windfall Films / Amazon
2022 - Delikado Directed by Karl Malakunas; Exec: Daniel J. Chalfen | Premiere: Hotdocs 2022
2022 - Boycott Premiered: SXSW 2022 | Dir: Julia Bachen / Just Vision
2019 - For Sama Directed by Waad Al-Kateab and Ed Watts | Channel 4 / PBS Oscar Nominee | BAFTA + Cannes winner
2020 - My Family, The Holocaust and Me - View project Wall To Wall for BBC One
2021 - The Reason I Jump Directed By Jerry Rothwell | Met Films / Picturehouse / BFI / Vulcan
2021 - 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible Theatrical feature doc | Noah Media | Dir: Torquil Jones | Exec: Jimmy Chinn, Elisabeth Chai Noah Media / Little Monster Films / Netflix
2021 - Persona Directed by Tim Travers Hawkins Dorothy St Pictures / HBO Max / CNN Films
2021 - Look Away Directed By Sarah Cunningham | SKY / Top Hat
2021 – The Story Of Us Directed by Kevin Macdonald | Doscsville Studio / ITV
2020 - American Murder: The Family Next Door Directed By Jenny Popplewell | Netflix [most watched doc of 2020]
2019 - Darkness Visible Directed by Neil Biswas BFI / Protaganist
2018 - Enemy Within Directed by Gabriel Robertson 27Ten Productions
2018 - The Life After Directed by Brian Hill | BBC / Irish Film Board / Century Films
2016 – Mumbai High – A Musical Directed By Brian Hill | BBC / Century Films
2015 - The Confessions of Thomas Quick Directed by Brian Hill | BFI / Century Films / Picturehouse / Film4
TV
2022 (forthcoming) - Funny Woman Dir: Oliver Parker | Rebel Park / Potboiler / SKY / 6x60min
2022 (forthcoming) - Crossfire Directed by Tessa Hoffe | Dancing Ledge Productions / BBC One
2022 (forthcoming) - Maryland Dir: Brian Hill / Lucy Kirkwood | BBC2 / BBC Films
2022 (forthcoming) - The Disappearance of Patricia Hall Directed By Sam Hobkinson Amazon Prime
2021 - The Tower Directed by Jim Loach | Mammoth Screen / ITV
2021 – One Cup, A Thousand Stories Series Producer Matthew Springford | BBC Studios / MIGU 6x60min
2022 - Murder In The Alps Directed By Catey Sexton | C4 / Blast Films / 3x60min
2021 - Sophie: A Murder In West Cork Dir: John Dower | Lightbox / Netflix / 3x60min
2021 - High: Confessions of an Ibiza Drugs Mule 6x30min | BBC |Blink Films | Drama-Doc
2021 - Patrick Kielty: 100 Years of Union 1x60 for BBC One | Produced by Dragonfly
2020 - Bad Boy Billionaires: India Directed by Dyan Mohan Gray & Johanna Hamilton | Minnow Films / Netflix / 4x60min
2020 - Unprecedented: Real Time Theatre from a State of Isolation Directed By Brian Hill | BBC / Century Films / Headlong
2020 – Enslaved with Samuel L Jackson Directed by Simcha Jacobovici | Cornelia Street Productions / 6x60min
Natural History
2023 (forthcoming) - Earthsound Directed by Sam Hodgson Apple TV+ / Offspring Films / 12x30min
2022 (forthcoming) - Predators Director: Dan Smith | True To Nature / Sky / Netflix / 6x60min
2020 - Fierce Queens Series Producer | Tuppence Stone BBC Studios / Quibi
2019 - Untamed Romania Directed by Tom Barton-Humphries | Off The Fence / European Nature Trust / Auchan
2019 - Walking With Elephants Directed By Alexis Girardet C4 / October Films / 3x60min
2018 - Extraordinary Rituals Series Producer Tuppence Stone BBC NHU / 4x60min
2018 - Earth’s Natural Wonders Directed By Jobim Sampson | BBC Studios / 3x60min
2018 - Equator From The Air Exec Prod Ruth Shurman | Dragonfly / BBC / 3x60min
2018 - Wild Africa: Rivers of Life Directed by Gavin Maxwell & Ben Wallis | Lion Mountain Media / 7x60min
2016/17 - Tribes Predators and Me Series 1&2 | BBC NHU / Ted Oakes / 6x60min
Video Games
2022 - (forthcoming) Untitled Silver Rain Studios / Electronic Arts
2022 – (forthcoming) Immortality Half Mermaid Productions
2019 - Telling Lies Sam Barlow, Half Mermaid Productions / Annapurna Interactive
Awards and Nominations
2022 Girls On Film Awards Winner Best Composer
2022 ASCAP Composer Choice Awards Best Documentary Nominee (14 Peaks Nothing Is Impossible)
2022 Empire Magazine Top 5 Film Composers to Watch
2021 World Soundtrack Awards Winner (Discovery of the Year)
2021 World Soundtrack Awards Nominee (Film Composer of the Year)
2021 World Soundtrack Awards Nominee (Public Choice Award)
2021 HMMA Awards Documentary Score Nominee(14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible)
dragon RTS CRAFT+DESIGN AWARDS 2020 WINNER: Best Music - Original Score: FOR SAMA
dragon BIFA (British Independent Film Awards) 2020 NOMINEE: Best Music - Original Score: THE REASON I JUMP
dragon CINEMA EYE HONORS 2020 NOMINEE: Outstanding Achievement – THE REASON I JUMP
dragon IVOR NOVELLO AWARDS 2020 NOMINEE: Best Original Film Score: FOR SAMA
dragon IFMCA Awards 2019 WINNER: Breakthrough Composer of the Year | NOMINEE: Best Documentary Score: UNTAMED ROMANIA
dragon RTS CRAFT+DESIGN AWARDS 2019 NOMINEE: Best Music – Original Titles EXTRAORDINARY RITUALS
dragon BIFA (British Independent Film Awards) 2019 NOMINEE: Best Film Score: FOR SAMA
dragon HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARDS 2019 NOMINEE: Best Original Music for a Video Game Trailer: TELLING LIES
dragon JERRY GOLDSMITHS AWARDS 2019 NOMINEE: Best Documentary Score: EXTRAORDINARY RITUALS
dragon MUSIC+SOUND AWARDS 2019 WINNER: Best Original Music for a Video Game Trailer: TELLING LIES | NOMINEE: Best Original Music for a TV Programme Titles: EXTRAORDINARY RITUALS | NOMINEE: Best Sound Design for a Short Film : SLEEPER
dragon NatureVision Film Festival, 2019 WINNER: BEST FILM SCORE: Untamed Romania
dragon GOPO Romanian Film Awards Nominee 2019 NOMINEE: BEST FILM SCORE: Untamed Romania
dragon RTS WEST AWARDS 2019 NOMINEE: BEST TV SCORE: Extraordinary Rituals
dragon ASIAN WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2019 NOMINEE: ARTS+CULTURE AWARD
dragon ASIAN ACHIEVERS AWARDS 2017 NOMINEE: CONTRIBUTION TO ARTS+CULTURE
dragon MUSIC + SOUND AWARD UK 2016 WINNER: BEST ORIGINAL FEATURE FILM SCORE: The Confessions of Thomas Quick
WOMEN IN SYNC AWARDS, NYC, USA 2016 WINNER: BEST MUSIC IN A FEATURE FILM: The Confessions of Thomas Quick
dragon TMT NEWS MEDIA AWARDS 2016 WINNER: BEST MEDIA MUSIC COMPOSER – EUROPE
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