15 17 Oct '24

Nainita Desai

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WSAcademy: WSA Voting Member
Having scored countless documentaries and a few theatrical feature documentaries, this is my actually my debut narrative feature film that was released in the US theatrically in 2019. The second feature is a WW2 drama ENEMY WITHIN which was released in April 2019 in the USA. Nainita is a BAFTA BREAKTHROUGH BRIT and has scored countless bespoke TV series and film scores for all the major broadcasters from the BBC to HBO to ITV and C4. She is a Music+Sound Award 2016 winner for Best Feature Film Score, GOPO Romania Film Awards Nominee 2019 for Best Film Score, RTS West Award 2019 Nominee for BBC series Extraordinary Rituals. Nainita’s recent 2018/19 feature releases include Untamed Romania, the most successful Romanian non-fiction film in 2018 that World Premiered at Transylvania Film Festival, WW2 thriller Enemy Within, BFI psychological horror Darkness Visible (Dir: Neil Biswas, co-creator of Sky 1 Lucky Man), The Life After (BBC / Screen Ireland) World Premiere at Galway Intl Film Festival 2018 and and recently completed For Sama (C4/PBS), dir by Emmy award winner Ed Watts and Waad Al-Kateeab and which has to date won top prizes including Best Documentary at SXSW, HOTDOCS, Cannes Film Festival Her current 2019 projects include feature film The Reason I Jump (BFI | Met Films) dir by award winner Jerry Rothwell, dramas Exit Eve, exec prod: Camille Gatin (The Girl With All the Gifts) and Interactive movie / video game Telling Lies for Annapurna Interactive (Phantom Thread, Destroyer) directed by multi-Bafta winning Sam Barlow Also known for her work on TV dramas including Emmy winner Maxwell (BBC) and the factual drama To Kidnap A Princess (ITV), films include The Confessions of Thomas Quick (BFI/Film4), Bafta, Grierson and RTS 2018 Nominees:Raped-My Story and Catching A Killer (C4), Extraordinary Rituals the BBC NHU follow up to the multi Bafta winning series Human Planet and the title theme for the prestigious BBC Royal Wedding Meghan and Harry. Working in a wide range of musical genres, Nainita moves seamlessly between working with orchestras including the London Contemporary Orchestra (Phantom Thread, There Will Be Blood) and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and ethnic influenced music utilising her collection of custom made instruments from around the world, incorporating electronics, found sound and experimental sound design well as song-writing which has led to collaborations with artists including Eivor (The Last Kingdom) and writing documentary musicals for the BBC including the acclaimed Mumbai High – The Musical. Nainita’s musical foundations are rooted in documentary where she has forged an enviable reputation, working with leading film makers on numerous projects that have garnered OSCAR, BAFTA, EMMY, CANNES awards and nominations, proving time and again that she is extremely versatile, able to adapt to the demands of any project embracing every score with a unique creative approach where required. As a sound designer, Nainita’s career began on feature films for Bertolluci (Little Buddha) and Werner Herzog (Lessons of Darkness) including Backbeat (Dir: Ian Softley), Lessons of Darkness (Dir: Werner Herzog), August (Dir: Anthony Hopkins), and Hackers (Angelina Jolie). Nainita obtained degrees in Mathematics before attending the NFTS specializing in sound design. She was born and brought up in London to Indian parents and her eclectic musical upbringing as a child led her to studying the sitar, piano, guitar, tabla, singing and violin. Her passion for music technology led to her working as a freelance music engineer working with many top artistes and bands ranging from The Damned to Tori Amos. which led to work with Peter Gabriel during the legendary Real World Recording Week sessions, working with over 70 of the top World Music artistes including Papa Wemba, Billy Cobham, Daniel Lanois, Jane Sibbery, Nigel Kennedy, Sinead O’Connor, Ravi Shankar and Peter Gabriel.


Discovery of the Year 2021: Nainita Desai (The Reason I Jump)

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