In a busy 2011, Michael scored kids comedy Horrid Henry: The Movie for Vertigo Films, which stars Anjelica Houston, Noel Fielding and Richard E. Grant, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, directed by Donald Rice and starring Felicity Jones and Luke Treadaway, and Paul Wilkins ’ thriller 7Lives starring Danny Dyer and Martin Compston. He also contributed additional music for box office hit, The Inbetweeners Movie and scored a 14-part documentary series directed by Kyle Portbury, Beyond the Search.
June 8 2012 saw the UK release of Crispian Mills’ directorial debut A Fantastic Fear of Everything, starring Simon Pegg, with a bold new score from Michael. (Soundtrack album out shortly).
In 2010, Michael completed the score for Wild Target, a romantic comedy directed by Jonathan Lynn of Yes Minister fame with a stellar cast including Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Martin Freeman, Rupert Everett and Rupert Grint. This commission swiftly followed Michael’ s fantastic score for Wild Child, Working Title’ s successful teen film released in the UK at the beginning of 2009. In late 2008 Michael also wrote and recorded the score for prize-winning documentary The Mountain Within, following the emotional journey of a group of adults with disabilities climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.
In addition to composing for features like Zentropa ’s Dommeren and Slingshot Studio’s Sugarhouse, Michael has scored 2 documentaries for famous producer and director Alfonso Cuaron; The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Kleins’s brilliant and terrifying film on disaster capitalism, and The Possibility of Hope, a look at immigration, global warming and capitalism through the eyes of scientists and philosophers. Michael met Alfonso Cuaron when scoring additional music for the Academy Award winning feature Children of Men and worked closely with him as music editor for this dystopian science fiction film.
Michael has forged a strong working relationship with fellow composer David Arnold with whom he has written and arranged on a number of projects, including Edgar Wright ’s Hot Fuzz, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.
Michael s first film experience was as musical assistant, co-producer and arranger to the late Michael Kamen, which whom he collaborated for 5 years, including projects like X-Men, Band of Brothers, Iron Giant and Metallica – S&M, and concerts around the world.
Prior to achieving acclaim as a composer himself, Michael also enjoyed significant achievements as a music editor with films like Peter Jackson’ s trilogy The Lord of the Rings, Richard Curtis’s Love Actually, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Nanny McPhee. As a music editor, Michael has been nominated for 4 MPSE Golden Reel Awards, winning in 2001 for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.