Tim Benjamin

composer, writer, storyteller


Director, writer, composer...

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The Return of Us (2022)

The Return of Us (Tim Benjamin, 2022)
The Return of Us (Tim Benjamin, 2022)

A cross-arts collaboration with Radius Opera, Kantos Chamber Choir, Andrew Kim, Kathy Kim, and Sue Walpole, this unusual take on the concept of a "silent" film features a sound design entirely constructed by human voices.

Find out more about The Return of Us at Radius Opera, or watch the film online by clicking or tapping the image above.

Credits: director, writer, composer, sound design

Midsummer (Jamie Weston, 2020)

Midsummer is told from the perspectives of the four elements who meet together in an ancient forest. When a Victorian tea table appears among the trees, they are tempted to leave their natural environment and join the party.

This short (originally released as Terminus) film uses dance, music, and sound design to tell an unsual story.

Credits: composer, sound design

The Fire Of Olympus; or, On Sticking It To The Man (2019)

The trailer for the feature film of my opera The Fire of Olympus, featuring neo-Baroque music and a fantastical, dystopian setting.

Find out more about The Fire of Olympus; or, On Sticking it to The Man (to give the full title) at Radius Opera.

Now available to watch in full online

Credits: director, writer, composer

Secret Santa

Written, shot, and edited in only 48 hours - including the soundtrack, by me! - this was entered into the London edition of the 2018 48 Hour Film Project. We only went and won the whole thing, which qualified us for entry at Filmapalooza 2019, where we won some more awards...

Credits: composer

  • Best Film, 48 Hour Film Project, London (2018)
  • Audience Choice, 48 Hour Film Project, London (2018)
  • Official Selection, Filmapalooza, Orlando (2019)
  • Honorable Mention, Filmapalooza, Orlando (2019)
  • Best Sound Design, Filmapalooza, Orlando (2019)
  • Best Use of Prop, Filmapalooza, Orlando (2019)

Meet Your Keeper

This is the trailer for the film Meet Your Keeper. As befits a horror / sci-fi story about a strange alien artefact, the music makes plentiful use of an often equally inexplicable modular synthesiser. Distributed by Fabulosis Films and ShortsTV.

Credits: director, writer, composer

  • Best Sci-Fi, Hollywood Film Festival, Los Angeles (2018)
  • Best Score, Mindfield Film Festival, Los Angeles (2018)
  • Official Selection, FantaSci Short Film Festival, Florida (2018)
  • Official Selection, Mindfield Film Festival, Los Angeles (2018)
  • Official Selection, Austin Spotlight Film Festival (2017)

Little Thief

Little Thief is a film by Xavier Guignard and produced by Essay Pictures, science fiction set in a near-future world in which men are greatly out-numbered by women.

The score is mainly electronic, but also a choir of womens voices singing in micropolyphony, resulting in a sinister feel that complements the dark story. The trailer, embedded here, uses only music from the complete film's score.

Credits: composer

  • Best Sci-Fi, Canadian Diversity Film Festival (2016)
  • Best Sci-Fi, Festigious Film Festival (2017)
  • Special Jury Prize, Amsterdam International Film Festival (2017)
  • Official Selection, Sci-Fi London Film Festival (2017) and many more!

The Conductor

The Conductor is a film by Xavier Guignard and produced by Essay Pictures, a romantic drama set in the world of classical music.

The music is inspired mainly by Rachmaninov and Shostakovich piano concertos, and also features an extract from my String Quartet No. 1.

Credits: composer, music consultant

  • Best Original Score, Enginuity Film Festival (2018)
  • Official Selection, High Peak Independent Film Festival (2018)
  • Official Selection, AIFF, Amsterdam (2018) ...and many more!
  • "A masterful and opulent piece" — UK Film Review (2018)

The Burning

A group of scenes from the Godiva Films production The Burning, directed by Annie Power and written by Tippy Elgar, making use of heavily processed strings along with haunting piano and cello to suit the dark atmosphere.

Credits: composer