SA’s Philip Miller nominated for Emmy
SAMRO congratulates South African composer Philip Miller on his 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards nomination for his original music score for the television movie The Girl.
His fellow nominees are Lorne Balfe for Restless, Dirk Brossé for Parade's End and Ivor Guest for Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God.
In June, Miller took home the prize in the category, Best Soundtrack in a Feature Film or Theatric Documentary at the inaugural Wawela Music Awards, for his composition in the film Leaving Father.
Miller says of the Emmy nomination: “I am thrilled to have been nominated for an Emmy Award. It's great to be recognised for one’s work and affirmed by one's peers.” He adds: “The Girl was directed by Julian Jarrold for HBO and stars Sienna Miller and Toby Young. It’s about the actress Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock and the making of The Birds.”
The Emmy nomination is a coup for Miller, who studied music composition at the University of Cape Town Music School and completed his postgraduate studies in electro-acoustic music composition for film and television at Bournemouth University in the UK.
He has worked with some of the most innovative filmmakers and visual artists to emerge from South Africa, and has composed music for the soundtracks to many local and international film and television productions.
Recent film scores include Steven Silver’s The Bang Bang Club (nominated for a Genie Award in Canada) and Black Butterflies (named best film score at the 2012 South African Film and Television Awards). The talented composer has collaborated extensively with internationally acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge. His music for Kentridge’s five-screen multimedia installation, The Refusal of Time, at the Tate Modern in London, received much acclaim.
Miller has also produced many albums, including The Thula Project, and the soundtracks to both Black Box/Chambre Noir and Nine Drawings for Projection by Kentridge. Some of his best-known soundtracks can be found on the Soundscapes compilation of his compositions. Miller’s latest soundtrack release is The Refusal of Time, which premiered in 2012 at Dokumenta13 in Germany.
The Emmy Awards will be held on 15 September 2013, during which South Africans will be waiting with bated breath to see if Miller scoops the award.