Ólafur Arnalds Wins BAFTA For Original Television Music
Ólafur Arnalds with award presenter Victoria Wood.
Nettwerk One Music composer Ólafur Arnalds was in London on Sunday evening, where he received the highest honour, winning the BAFTA (British Academy Of Film And Television Arts) for Original Television Music in recognition of his compositions for the crticially-acclaimed British TV series, Broadchurch.
On his Facebook page, Arnalds wrote of the win: ”Now that I’ve had a bit of time to process things. I need to give credit where credit is due. I was so nervous and shocked during my acceptance speech that I forgot anyone who wasn’t standing right in front of me. It’s pretty given that no one delivers four and a half hour of original music in the space of 4 months without some help. So I just want to give proper recognition to Bergur Þórisson, my genius little helper, who put just as many hours into this as i did myself. Also Viktor Orri Árnason, who not only transcribed and played the violin, but also provided some additional string arrangements in the later episodes. And of course Arnór Dan, who co-wrote and sung the end title theme. These people don’t get enough credit for their work, so here is to them! I am also in lifelong debt to the Broadchurch creative and executive team who gave me the freedom to express myself from the heart and encouraged me to be brave and bold. And yes, I will be doing Season 2."
Ólafur Arnalds has steadily built a reputation as one of the world’s most bright and able young composers. Purveying a neo-classical style with an array of influences which range from electronica to minimalism, he is an artist who draws from a variety of sources whilst maintaining his own unique sound. Since the release of his 2007 debut, Eulogy for Evolution, the 26-year-old Icelander from Mosfellsbær, a small-town suburb of Reykjavik, has put his name to a variety of projects. The accompanying small-scale live shows have taken him across Europe, North America and to China, and are where the intimacy of Arnalds’ performance and personality shine through. 2013 brought the release of his third full-length studio album, For Now I Am Winter; which is a categorical side-step away from the sound he is best known for.
Since 2009, Arnald has scored films and TV shows including Another Happy Day, ITV’s drama Broadchurch and the Vanessa Hudgens-starring feature film Gimme Shelter, as well as having tracks feature on the soundtracks to Hollywood hits The Hunger Games and Looper. Aside from scoring Broadchurch, he most recently scored the new UK play Let The Right One In, an onstage adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Swedish horror novel and film, reworked for the stage by BAFTA award winning writer Jack Thorne. The play is currently showing at London’s historic Apollo Theatre.