22 August 2013
South African composer Philip Miller has been nominated for an Emmy Award for best original dramatic score for a mini-series or movie for his soundtrack to the film The Girl.
The annual Emmy Awards aim to reward excellence in the television industry, and the 2013 awards on 22 September will be the 65th edition of the ceremony.
“Miller is one of South Africa’s pre-eminent composers working in film and television both locally and internationally,” the National Film and Video Foundation said in a statement on Wednesday.
His work in The Girl will be up against documentary film Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God, mini-series Parade’s End – Part 5, Restless – Part 2 and World Without End, as well as television film Ring of Fire.
The Girl, starring Sienna Miller, Imelda Staunton and Toby Jones, is about the turbulent relationship between filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and actress Tippi Hedren, and has received six nominations for this year’s Emmys, including best director, lead actor and best supporting actress.
Miller studied music composition at the University of Cape Town Music School under composers Jeanne Zaidel Rudolph and Peter Klatzow, and completed his postgraduate studies in Electro-Acoustic music composition for film and television at Bournemouth University in England.
He has composed the soundtracks for numerous productions, including Steven Silver’s The Bang Bang Club – which was nominated for a Genie Award in Canada – and Black Butterflies, which won best film score at the South African Film and Television Awards in 2012.
He has also collaborated with internationally renowned artist William Kentridge, the most recent of which was for Kentridge’s five-screen multimedia installation The Refusal of Time at the Tate Modern Museum in London.