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      Rachel Portman

      Rachel Portman

      Highest Rated: 100% The Woman in Black (1989)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Dec 11, 1960

      Birthplace: Haslemere, England, UK

      One of a handful of contemporary female film composers, Rachel Portman created lush and colorful scores that enhance or reflect the emotions of the feature's characters. Using minimal cues for effect, she designed her work to appeal directly to the viewer's sensibilities. Equally at home scoring heavily dramatic motion pictures as well as light romantic comedies, Portman proved to be adept at compositions that reflect humanity. Raised in England, Portman began her musical education at an early age, trained to play a number of instruments. As she progressed, she became particularly interested in concentrating on composition and orchestrating, creating her first work as a teenager. After completing music studies at Oxford, she landed her first assignment to score the TV-movie "Experience Preferred ... But Not Essential" (1982; released theatrically in the USA in 1983) and entered films with Michael Hoffman's "Privileged" (1982). She subsequently alternated between TV and features, creating melodic scores that do not upstage the screen action. Portman forged a successful collaboration with Beeban Kidron on the feminist telefilms "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit" (1989), "Antonia and Jane" (1990), and "Great Moments in Aviation" (1993). She subsequently created a jazz-tinged score for Kidron's "Used People" (1992) and the disco-tinged soundtrack for the director's "Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" (1995). Critics praised Portman's score for "Where Angels Fear to Tread" (1991) and "Ethan Frome" (1993), both of which were instrumental in illustrating the frustrations and colors of the central characters. Her bouncy, lively score for "Benny & Joon" (1993) nearly functioned as a separate character in the film, while her quiet compositions for "The Joy Luck Club" (also 1993) highlighted that feature's sadness and tragedies as well as its occasional pleasures. Portman created the background music which reflected the changing moods of the characters in "Marvin's Room" (1996). She earned an Oscar for "Emma" (also 1996), which captured the mischievous qualities of the title heroine. That achievement made Portman the first female composer to win a music Academy Award. Constantly in demand, her scores over the next decade included Lasse Hallström's "The Cider House Rules" (1999) and "Chocolat" (2000), Jonathan Demme's remake of "The Manchurian Candidate" (2004), and time-shifting romantic comedy "The Lake House" (2006). Portman's facility for romantic scoring led to consistent work in love stories such as "The Vow" (2012). In 2015, she won an Emmy Award for her score for "Bessie" (HBO 2015), a biopic starring Queen Latifah as blues icon Bessie Smith.

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      96% 92% Julia Original Music $399.7K 2021
      68% 57% Godmothered Original Music - 2020
      34% 73% A Dog's Purpose Original Music $64.3M 2017
      91% 83% Score: A Film Music Documentary Self $97.3K 2016
      9% 47% Despite the Falling Snow Original Music - 2016
      90% 72% Their Finest Original Music $3.6M 2016
      63% 77% Race Original Music $19.1M 2016
      66% 72% Dolphin Tale 2 Original Music $42.0M 2014
      85% 82% Belle Original Music $10.7M 2013
      63% 56% Private Peaceful Original Music - 2012
      28% 29% Bel Ami Original Music $119.9K 2012
      32% 63% The Vow Original Music $125.0M 2012
      36% 50% One Day Original Music $13.8M 2011
      22% 48% Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Original Music $1.3M 2011
      71% 70% Never Let Me Go Original Music $2.4M 2010
      62% 67% The Duchess Original Music $13.8M 2008
      66% 66% The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Original Music $44.1M 2008
      40% 55% Feast of Love Original Music $3.5M 2007
      69% 68% Miss Potter Original Music $3.0M 2006
      74% 69% Infamous Original Music $1.2M 2006
      35% 73% The Lake House Original Music $52.3M 2006
      37% 48% Flightplan Original Music $89.7M 2005
      55% 63% Because of Winn-Dixie Original Music $32.6M 2005
      49% 80% The Passion of the Christ Original Music $371.4M 2004
      78% 75% Nicholas Nickleby Original Music $1.3M 2002
      34% 27% The Truth About Charlie Original Music $5.3M 2002
      60% 48% Hart's War Original Music $19.1M 2002
      73% 64% The Emperor's New Clothes Original Music $569.4K 2001
      32% 46% The Closer You Get Original Music $221.9K 2000
      63% 83% Chocolat Original Music $165.5K 2000
      43% 65% The Legend of Bagger Vance Original Music $30.7M 2000
      86% 86% Ratcatcher Original Music $216.8K 1999
      71% 77% The Cider House Rules Original Music $57.5M 1999
      29% 71% The Other Sister Original Music $27.8M 1999
      31% 34% Home Fries Original Music $10.5M 1998
      72% 71% Beloved Original Music $22.8M 1998
      84% 63% Marvin's Room Original Music $12.8M 1996
      84% 77% Emma Original Music $22.2M 1996
      35% 27% The Adventures of Pinocchio Original Music $15.1M 1996
      47% 72% To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar Original Music $36.4M 1995
      0% 54% A Pyromaniac's Love Story Original Music $465.6K 1995
      No Score Yet 92% War of the Buttons Original Music $4.7K 1994
      39% 44% The Road to Wellville Original Music $6.5M 1994
      74% 41% Sirens Original Music $5.8M 1994
      76% 85% Benny & Joon Original Music $23.1M 1993
      86% 89% The Joy Luck Club Original Music $32.8M 1993
      44% 39% Used People Original Music $17.1M 1992
      100% 78% The Woman in Black Original Music - 1989
      92% 85% High Hopes Original Music $28.0K 1988
      No Score Yet 67% The Short & Curlies Original Music - 1988