"Best Soundtrack (Nemesis Game)"
- The New Zealand Film & TV Awards
Two times Golden Genie Nomination Best Original Score
Frank Ilfman began studying Trombone and Piano at the Jaffa Conservatorium of Music in Israel as a young child and a precocious talent was soon evident. By the age of thirteen he was composing and arranging original and popular music for the Tel Aviv Dixieland Band where he played Lead Trombone.
Not long after Frank was asked to leave the Conservatorium for skipping classes which he found dull and on a chance visit to Berlin he met composer Klaus Doldinger (Das Boot) who was at the time scoring the film The Never Ending Story. Frank visited the set and impressed everyone with his imagination and enthusiasm which prompted Doldinger to invite him to a scoring session. Frank subsequently fell in love with the world of cinema and film music.
Frank Ilfman worked on his first television production at seventeen with composer Jan Hammer on the ever so popular television series The Chancer starring Clive Owen and since then has contributed original music to more than forty film and television projects. Amongst his many talents, his sensitivity to genre and ability to diagnose how music can best contribute to a film, has gained him wide respect in the field.
Ilfman's music can be described as dark and atmospheric, romantic and evocative. He combines exotic instruments, electronics and symphonic orchestra to produce a powerful dramatic style that brings a vibrant and fresh contemporary feel to the big screen.
Recent Productions include...
The hilarious romantic comedy Cupcakes directed by Etyan Fox, the critically acclaimed twisted thriller Big Bad Wolves, Stuart Urban's May I Kill U? (starring Kevin Bishop, Frances Barber and Jack Doolan), the award-winning film by Micha X Peled, Bitter Seeds (Winner of the Green Screen competition Award at IDFA, the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam). Noodle (Norma Productions / Bleiberg Productions) - Nominated for The Ophir Film Awards for Best Film and Best Score, Locked-In, the award-winning Rabies,Paris Leonti's Mercenaries (starring Billy Zane) and Iraq and Putin, Russia and The West a fascinating series for Brook Lapping Productions. Directed by Paul Mitchell and produced by Andrew McKerlie.
"Just a special thank you to you personally for the excellent score, so imaginative, nuanced, rich, and varied, and so impressive! ... Thanks to you also for your special devotion in being able to respond to all the film’s and my changing requests and exigencies, and also to your team and management for their support and investment"
In his spare time Ilfman has also recorded, mixed and produced with The London Symphony Orchestra, Duran Duran, The Moscow Symphony, The Modern Stream Ensemble, The Jerusalem Symphony, The Istanbul Kutash Ensemble, Marianne Faithfull, Oi Va Voi, Pollyanna Frank and KT Tunstall to name a few...
Visit Franks website: frankilfman.com
Big Bad Wolves
(United Channels Movies / Magnolia (US) - dir: Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. Starring Lior Ashkenazi, Tzachi Grad, Rotem Keinan, Dov Glickman
(Alantic Film Productions / First Look) - starring John Rhys Davies, Kerry Fox
(Lions Gate Films) - dir: Jesse Warn. Starring Ian McShane, Carly Pope, Vanessa Guy
New Zealand Film & TV Awards for Best Soundtrack Contribution
(Christal Films) - dir: Mario Assopardi. Starring Polly Walker, Luc Picard - Score nominated for a Golden Genie Award
The Intruder (aka Suspicion)
(GFT Kingsborough Films) - dir: David Bailey. Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, John Hannah, Natassija Kinski, Molly Parker. When or When title song Sung by Marianne Faithfull (produced and arranged by Frank Ilfman)