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Fenton, George (1950-)


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George Fenton has been a successful composer on major British and American films for more than 20 years. Classically trained, he found fame with his Oscar-nominated collaborative score for Gandhi (UK/India, d. Richard Attenborough, 1982), and proved adaptable across many musical and film genres.

His astutely contextual music for Ken Loach films (Land and Freedom, UK/Germany/Spain, 1994; My Name is Joe, UK/France/Germany/Italy/Spain, 1998) has been attuned to the film-maker's vision. He also produced powerful scores for Dangerous Liaisons (US, d. Stephen Frears, 1988, Oscar-nominated), Shadowlands (UK/US, d. Richard Attenborough, 1993), and The Madness Of King George (UK/US, d. Nicholas Hytner, 1994). He also founded the Association of Professional Composers.

Tim Roman, Encyclopedia of British Film

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The world's first (and for some reason only) vampire snooker musical

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Ken Loach's first US film, about the exploitation of Latino workers in LA

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Glaswegian-Nicaraguan love story about an idealistic bus driver

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John Cleese-starring comedy about a headmaster having a very bad day

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Hugely imaginative exploration and reinterpretation of fairytale myths

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Ken Loach's alarming portrait of the exploitation of immigrant labour

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Heartbreaking drama of a mother's struggle to keep her children

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Passionate tale of British volunteers fighting the Spanish Civil War

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Drama about a reformed alcoholic trying to run a failing soccer team.

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Ken Loach's powerful response to the privatisation of British Rail

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Bleak portrait of a Scottish teenager coping with drugs and poverty

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Tragicomedy about an Asian waiter on a blind date in Hartlepool.

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Alan Bennett's depiction of a traditional (i.e. dreadful) English seaside holiday

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Long-running detective series set on the island tax haven of Jersey

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Stunning Stephen Frears/Poliakoff drama about a prank gone wrong

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Epic exploration of life in the world's oceans and seas

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Alan Bennett's first TV play, a period drama about a Halifax cycling club

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A real-life Moscow encounter between an actress and a spy

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Antony Sher excels as a radical but egotistical Sociology lecturer

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Acclaimed drama series set in the 1940s Indian Raj

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Mournfully funny Alan Bennett play about a cripplingly shy English lecturer

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Alan Bleasdale's controversial drama based on a real WWI mutiny

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Lindsay Anderson and Alan Bennett's portrait of a decadent, decaying world

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Comedian Dave Allen plays a troubled estate agent in this Alan Bennett play

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Trevor Eve stars as a computer analyst turned private detective

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Alan Bennett's first TV monologue, delivered by Patricia Routledge

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