2014 EMMY Awards

Simon Russell, composer for 'Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer' - winner of OUTSTANDING MUSIC & SOUND at The 35th Annual News and Documentary Emmys Awards, 30th September 2014

Marc Bryan-Brown Photography.
® 2014 Marc Bryan-Brown.

Simon was awarded an EMMY in 2014 for his original soundtrack to “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer”, a documentary film by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin.

December 2009

composing music for a More4 documentary on the Afghan elections called “The Candidate”

November 2009

Afghan Star wins the Grierson 09 British Documentary Awards; Best Documentary On A Contemporary Issue and wins the Jury prize at Bergen Film Festival

Afghan Star nominated for the International Documentary Association’s 2009 IDA Documentary Awards competition

Afghan Star discussed on BBC’s Newsnight

Blake’s 7 audio dramas – "Jenna; The Dust Run/The Trial" released 30th November. Available to pre-order here

Ugly Beauty – a documentary in search of beauty in Modern Art to be broadcast on BBC 2 Saturday November 21st at 8.45pm

October 2009

composed music for Building Of The Year; The Stirling Prize broadcast on Channel 4 17th Oct at 8pm

composing two Blake’s 7 audio dramas – "The Dust Run" & "The Trial" to be released on CD early 2010

Afghan Star named as UK’s foreign language Oscar submission

September 2009

Afghan Star wins the Best Cultural Documentary award at Prix Italia 2009.

Rango EP "Sudani Voodoo" available on Amazon and on iTunes. Rango play LSO St. Lukes London 30th September.

composing music for a Channel 4 First Cut documentary "MI5 Hoaxer" to be broadcast in the new year.

composing music for a BBC modern art documentary "Ugly Beauty".

August 2009

Afghan Star soundtrack album released available on Amazon and on iTunes

July 2008

completed the score for Sudden Death Syndrome.
due for broadcast on National Geographic – spring 2009.

July 2009

remixed a track "Sog Allyil (Ju Ju Child Remix)" for the forthcoming Rango album. Rango are a group of Sudanese-Egytian master musicians and voodoo practitioners. They play at the Barbican on 30th September.

just finished composing "Out Of Bounds with Ian Wright". A 6 part travel series visiting Syria, Sri Lanka, Okinawa, Siberia, Cuba and Venezuela. to be broadcast in September on the Travel Channel.

June 2009

Afghan Star cinematic release in the USA from June 26th

composing music for a new US TV series "LA Taskforce"

3 minute wonders – Waldemar Januszczak reports from the Venice Biennale. broadcast 8th-11th June Channel 4, 7.55pm

May 2009

Islands Of Britain – 3 part travel series starring Martin Clunes. to be broadcast on ITV – starting on Sunday 3rd May at 9.00pm

"If Not School Then What" – 3 Minute Wonders. broadcast 26th-29th May Channel 4, 7.55pm

composing music for the next series of Animal Cops; Houston and Animal Cops; Miami for Animal Planet, USA

April 2009

just completed the score for The Millionaire and the Murder Mansion – a Cutting Edge documentary about Christopher Foster who murdered his family before committing suicide last summer in Shropshire.
to be broadcast on Channel 4 – Thursday 9th April at 9.00pm

January 2009

composing 4 shorts for Channel 4’s 3 minute wonders, a Cutting Edge documentary about Christopher Foster and a 6 part travel series starring Ian Wright.

Afghan Star wins 2 awards at the Sundance Festival.
The Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary and
Best Director (Havana Marking) for World Cinema Documentary.