15 17 Oct '24

Christopher White

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Function: Composer WSAcademy: WSA Voting Member
Christopher White is a composer who creates scores for feature films, television drama and documentary. His scores have premiered in films at Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Dinard, CPH:DOC; as well as films and shows on Amazon, Netflix, BBC, Channel 4.

Christopher was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand (NZ). In 1999, alongside bandmate Aaron Nevezie, he won the award for Best Jazz Album of the Year at the Aotearoa Music Awards. It was around this time that Christopher moved to London.

In 2007, Christopher graduated from the National Film and Television School, UK with a Masters degree in Composition.

In 2010, Christopher collaborated with visionary French artist Moebius on the film La Planète Encore - an animated realisation of the artist’s famous graphic novel.

Christopher has also worked with artist Antony Gormley on two films produced for the BBC about Gormley’s work and his elucidations on art. The first was Imagine, Antony Gormley (2015) and the second being How Art Began (2019).

In 2012, Christopher composed the score for Nancy, Please, a feature film directed by Andrew Semans, nominated for Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca Film Festival.

Christopher joined director Zach Wigon in 2014 for feature film The Heart Machine, nominated for best narrative feature at SXSW Film Festival. 2017 saw Christopher collaborate with director Julia Dahr on her award winning feature length documentary Thank You for the Rain.

In 2020, Christopher worked with directors Jamshid Mojadadi and Anson Hartford on the feature length documentary Maya, a film that follows a tiger bred in captivity as she reconnects with her previously suppressed instincts.

Among Christopher’s most recent work is a score for Irish film The Sparrow with director Michael Kinirons featuring David O’Hara, and Hungarian feature animation White Plastic Sky with directors Tibor Banoczki and Sarolta Szabo.

From 2010 to 2015, Christopher toured and recorded with Van Morrison as saxophonist and arranger. As a saxophonist he has performed with many notable acts including Paul McCartney, Billy Ocean, Paul Anka, Taj Mahal, Noel Gallagher, George Benson, Gregory Porter, Michael Bublé, Bobby Womack, Mavis Staples and Maceo Parker.

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