Composer Atli Örvarsson Receives BAFTA Award

Composer Atli Örvarsson

Composer Atli Örvarsson was granted a BAFTA award Sunday night for his music for the television programme Silo. This was Atli’s first BAFTA nomination, RÚV reports.

A “dream job”

The show stars Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson, known for her roles in the Dune and Mission:Impossible franchises of films. Silo is streaming on AppleTV+.

In his acceptance speech, Atli called his work on the project a “dream job”. He thanked director Morten Tyldum, who approached him for the collaboration. Atli added that Tyldum had realised that the project needed someone who had grown up with the dark and claustrophobic winters of Northwest Iceland.

From Iceland to Hollywood

Atli worked on the project in London and recorded it in the U.K. and in Akureyri in the north of Iceland. Atli lives and works in Akureyri. He was a member of pop band Sálin hans Jóns míns before moving into the film and television industry. He’s composed and orchestrated music for films such as the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Angels & Demons and the Superman instalment Man of Steel.

Other nominees in the category of “Best Original Music Fiction” were Adiescar Chase for Heartstopper, Blair Mowat for Nolly and Natalie Holt for Loki.

Notes From a Small Island – A Hollywood Composer’s Life in Akureyri

Composer Atli Örvarsson

If you were a successful film and TV composer, working with the likes of Hans Zimmer and Mike Post creating scores for some of the US’ biggest films, living in sunny California – would you pack up your whole life and move your family to a town of 18.000 people, just 90 km south of the arctic circle, with no film industry to speak of? That’s exactly what Atli Örvarsson did when he moved back to his hometown Akureyri three years ago. Just a few years ago, that would have meant an end to his career, but in this day and age, anything is possible.

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