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Jonathan Besser

Composer

A founding member of early electronic group Free Radicals, Jonathan Besser has composed for opera, ballet, theatre (Red Mole) and performance ensemble Bravura. Born in New York but New Zealand-based since 1974, Besser began adding screen compositions to his CV in the 90s. Since then he has composed extensively for documentary maker Shirley Horrocks, been award-nominated for 1995 documentary feature War Stories, and won a TV Guide Television Award for documentary A Cat Among the Pigeons. In 2015, Besser began composing for 3 News' World War One short documentary series, Great War Stories

I’ve used Jonathan’s music for a number of documentaries because I really like his eclectic approach. He understands what’s needed for a particular sequence, and at the same time he adds a composer’s unique touch. Director Shirley Horrocks

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Free Theatre - The 37 Year Experiment

2017, Composer - Film

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Great War Stories 4 - Bill Dobson

2017, Composer - Television

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Great War Stories 4 - Dr Jessie Scott

2017, Composer - Television

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Great War Stories 4 - Falaoa Tosene

2017, Composer - Television

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Great War Stories 4 - Harry Varnham

2017, Composer - Television

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Great War Stories 4 - Rizk Alexander

2017, Composer - Television

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Great War Stories 4 - Thomas Blake

2017, Composer - Television

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Great War Stories 4 - Victor Low

2017, Composer - Television

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Great War Stories 3 - Gallipoli tortoise

2016, Composer - Television

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Great War Stories 3 - HMS New Zealand

2016, Composer - Television

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Great War Stories 3 - Leslie Beauchamp

2016, Composer - Television

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Great War Stories 3 - Peter Howden

2016, Composer - Television

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Great War Stories 3 - Ranji Wilson

2016, Composer - Television

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Great War Stories 3 - The Marquette

2016, Composer - Television

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Great War Stories 2 - Ettie Rout

2015, Composer - Television

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Great War Stories 2 - Hāmi Grace

2015, Composer - Television

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Great War Stories 2 - Lottie Le Gallais

2015, Composer - Television

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Great War Stories 2 - Ormond Burton

2015, Composer - Television

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Great War Stories 2 - The Executed Five

2015, Composer - Television

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Great War Stories 2 - The Harper Brothers

2015, Composer - Television

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Great War Stories 2 - William Malone

2015, Composer - Television

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Marti: The Passionate Eye

2004, Composer - Television

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Children of Gallipoli

2001, Composer - Television

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Early Days Yet

2001, As: Pianist, Composer - Television

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Getting to Our Place

1999, Composer - Television

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Flip & Two Twisters

1995, Composer - Television

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For Love or Money

1995, Composer - Television

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War Stories Our Mothers Never Told Us

1995, Composer - Film

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A Cat Among the Pigeons

1992, Composer - Television

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Pleasures and Dangers

1991, Composer - Television

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Country Calendar

2002, Composer - Television