BIOGRAPHY

Biography

Derek Kirkup is an English composer based in Bristol. A graduate of the Academy of Contemporary Music, he started his career in songwriting before moving into scoring for film.

Among his credits are James Webber’s multi award-winning feature Sorority starring Kate Dickie and Sophie Kennedy Clarke, as well as interactive feature Olive Green, which won in competition with HBO’s Game of Thrones web series to win the Gold World medal at New York Festivals TV and Film awards. He has collaborated with director Carl Mackenzie several times, including on the acclaimed short The Interrogation of Olivia Donovan.

In addition to his film scoring work, Derek is associate producer and composer with interactive-film company Choice Point Productions, alongside Carl Mackenzie and founder and psychologist Kasia Wilk, with the aim of producing drama that promotes conscious awareness of the power of choice.

Credits

Awards and Nominations

Sorority (2020)

  • Winner BEST FEATURE FILM – Unrestricted View Film Festival 2021
  • Winner BEST DIRECTOR – James Webber – Unrestricted View Film Festival 2021
  • Winner BEST ACTRESS (FEATURE) – Sophie Kennedy Clark – Unrestricted View Film Festival 2021
  • Winner BEST ACTOR (FEATURE) – Sam Gittins – Unrestricted View Film Festival 2021
  • Winner BEST FILM – Southampton International Film Festival 2020
  • Winner BEST DIRECTOR – James Webber – Southampton International Film Festival 2020
  • Winner BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Kate Dickie – Southampton International Film Festival 2020

  • Official Selection British Urban Film Festival 2020
  • Nominated Best Feature British Urban Film Festival 2020
  • Nominated Best Actor (Sam Gittins) British Urban Film Festival 2020
  • Official Selection Cardiff International Film Festival
  • Official Selection London Lift-Off Film Festival 2020

The Interrogation of Olivia Donovan (2016)​

  • Jury Special Mention Manchester International Film Festival 2017

Olive Green (2014)

  • Gold Medal (Entertainment Category) – New York Festivals World’s Best TV and Film Awards 2016
  • Winner (Educational Apps Category) – BETT Awards 2016
  • Educational Learning Resources Award – London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2016
  • Golden Camera Award – US International Film & Video Festival 2015
  • Grand Prix Best of Festival (Entertainment) – US International Film & Video Festival 2015
  • Gold Dolphin Award (Interactive Video) – Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards 2015
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