Film and Music

Following the success of live score events – such as the London Contemporary Orchestra performing Jonny Greenwood's score for There Will Be Blood alongside the film – the British Council aims to support performers, composers and producers working in, or aspiring to work in, the artistic space where these two worlds converge. Our interest also extends to those creatives developing incredible music for computer games and other visual media.

In 2017, we announced the recipients of a Film, Archive and Music Fund – six projects showcasing collaborative work between the UK and counterparts overseas. The previous year, we invited 16 musicians, film makers and producers to key venues in London and Manchester to share best practice and learn from industry experts about their experiences working with music, archive material and film. We have also supported numerous film and music performances including The Seer at Supersonic Festival in the UK and a performance of Mica Levi's score for Under The Skin, Jonathan Glazer's sci-fi thriller starring Scarlett Johansson, in Kazakhstan. In 2017 and 2018, we've made it possible for the eminent British composer Michael Price – perhaps best known as the composer of the theme for the BBC's Sherlock series starring Benedict Cumberbatch – to travel to Vietnam and Ukraine to share his expertise with emerging composers. Going back to 2011, our support for SuperEverything*, a ground-breaking audio-visual project in Malaysia by The Light Surgeons, can be seen as a precursor to our current work in this area.