Project Description

Artist Profile


Born : November 18, 1954 — New York City

Artist Profile


Born 1986, Perth, Western Australia

Born November 18, 1954 in New York, Burwell took piano lessons as a child and learned to play blues guitar as a teenager. He studied architecture and fine arts at Harvard, but wasn’t considering music as a career; upon graduating, he first worked in a biology lab, then as an animator, while playing in punk bands by night for fun.


Alternately haunting and dark, whimsical and bright, experimental or pastoral, Oscar-nominated film composer Carter Burwell is closely associated with independent films due to his multiple collaborations with filmmakers such as Todd Haynes, Spike Jonze, David O. Russell, Martin McDonagh, and particularly Joel and Ethan Coen, having scored all but one of their first 15 films. Burwell’s first feature was the 1984 thriller Blood Simple, the debut of the Coen brothers. He also wrote the music for the feature-length debuts of Spike Jonze (1999’s Being John Malkovich) and Martin McDonagh (2008’s In Bruges). In 2008, his compositions could also be heard in the blockbuster teen romance Twilight. In 2011, he won an Emmy for the mini-series Mildred Pierce and returned to the Twilight Saga for Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1. Burwell’s first Academy Award nomination was in recognition of his intimate chamber music for the 2015 Haynesdrama Carol. A second Oscar nomination followed for his contributions to the folk-minded palette of McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).


The General’s Daughter is a 1999 American mystery crime film directed by Simon West and starring John Travolta. The plot concerns the mysterious death of the daughter of a prominent Army general. The film is based on the 1992 novel by the same name by Nelson DeMille.


Carol (film)

Carol is a 2015 drama film directed by Todd Haynes. The screenplay, written by Phyllis Nagy, is based on the 1952 romance novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith (republished as Carol in 1990). The film stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Jake Lacy, and Kyle Chandler. Set in New York City during the early 1950s, Carol tells the story of a forbidden affair between an aspiring female photographer and an older woman going through a difficult divorce.



Wonderstruck is a 2017 American mystery drama film directed by Todd Haynes and based on the 2011 novel Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick, who also adapted the novel into a screenplay. The film stars Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, and Millicent Simmonds.

The film premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2017, and competed for the Palme d’Or. It was given a limited release in the United States by Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions on October 20, 2017.


Conspiracy Theory

Conspiracy Theory is a 1997 American political action thriller film directed by Richard Donner. The original screenplay by Brian Helgeland centers on an eccentric taxi driver (Mel Gibson) who believes many world events are triggered by government conspiracies, and the Justice Department attorney (Julia Roberts) who becomes involved in his life. The movie was a financial success,[1] but critical reviews were mixed.



The Jackal is a 1997 American political action thriller film directed by Michael Caton-Jones, and starring Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, and Sidney Poitier. The film, which is a loose remake of the 1973 film The Day of the Jackal, involves the hunt for a paid assassin.

Burwell’s Studio

Movies of Composition