This November, Tom and his long-time collaborator Franz Kirmann released the Original Soundtrack for The Man Behind The Microphone, a documentary that explores the life of Tunisian star Hédi Jouini. The film was directed and produced by Claire Belhassine, who discovered in her early 30s that her grandfather was a musical legend.
The pair blend piano and clarinet with electronic textures are joined by a string quartet provided by the London Contemporary Orchestra to create a score that invokes Belhassine’s intensely personal journey of discovery, and the music and heritage of the man known as 'the Frank Sinatra of Tunisia.’
‘The Man Behind The Microphone’ is now streaming worldwide on Mubi.
Late last year, Tom rejoined forces with long-time collaborator Franz Kirmann to begin work on the score for the prestige BBC drama McMafia.
The series stars James Norton as Alex Godman, who despite his life-long effort to cut his familial ties with the world of organised crime, finds himself suddenly dragged into the family business.
The full soundtrack is available to stream and download everywhere through Mercury KX.
"Tom and Franz have brought a truly original and distinctive voice to the series, mixing tension, emotion, violence and tenderness in a bold, mesmeric score which is utterly unique but will also have a big influence on many future shows." - McMafia co-writer Hossein Amini
"A word for the soundtrack, composed by Tom Hodge and Franz Kirmann, particularly effective in a twisted, electronic passage at the conclusion which aptly conveys Alex’s inner turmoil as he’s forced to swallow more secrets like razor blades." - The Guardian
"...it was a compelling drama, constructed with thought and care, from the casting to the excellent soundtrack by Tom Hodge and Frank Kirmann, classical strings with a subtle undertow of electronica" - The Guardian
"The soundtrack pulsed like a Hollywood thriller." - The Telegraph
In 2013, writer/director team Stewart Alexander and Kerry Skinner called upon Tom to provide a lush, intimate score for a new independent film. Common People weaves together six stories and over thirty characters to present a dramatic, humorous and sometimes magical tale of romance, crisis and adventure on one of London’s expansive commons. The film screened nationwide at Picturehouse Cinemas.
"Common People is a rare gem, the kind that makes you thrilled to have discovered it. With no real expectations I started to watch this wonderful film, expecting a gentle reflective hour and a half - but Common People is so much more than that. With beautiful performances and a quiet firmness it pushes you to an understanding of human motive and love that is intensely moving and highly rewarding. I recommend this so highly." - Stephen Fry
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In 2010 Tom composed the score for Pimp, a mockumentary-style British thriller starring Danny Dyer. Through the lens of a documentary camera team, the story follows a week in the life of a Soho pimp.
In 2008, Tom was approached to provide additional music for British comedy Faintheart, the story of a downtrodden home improvement store clerk with a penchant for Viking battle re-enacting, who fights to win back his wife. Faintheart was the first film to be created via crowdsourced collaboration, the result of the combined effort of online community MySpace, Vertigo Films, and Film4.
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