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Manners McDade’s Simon Russell Scores ITV’s Iran Unveiled: Taking on the Ayatollahs

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Simon Russell is a London-based award-winning composer, known for his work using found sounds, sampling and electronics.

Manners McDade’s Simon Russell Scores ITV’s Iran Unveiled: Taking on the Ayatollahs

Directed, produced and filmed by Robin Barnwell, new powerful documentary 'Taking on the Ayatollahs' provides a fascinating insight into the lives of four women in Iran who are fighting for their voice and a more modern, tolerant country. Shima, Shaparak, Maryam and Masih explain that in order to challenge the religious leaders, the Ayatollahs who have ruled this country for 40 years, Iranian women are having to risk their lives every day. One important central topic they discuss is the hijab, which is compulsory for all women.

Simon Russell is a London-based award-winning composer, known for his work using found sounds, sampling and electronics. In 2009, Simon scored Havana Marking’s documentary feature, Afghan Star that went on to claim two Sundance awards, The Grierson Award 2009, and a Prix Italia. In the same year, Simon scored From St Peter’s To St Paul’s, that won the RTS Award for Best Arts Documentary. He has also scored Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer which won a Sundance Award and the Best Documentary prize at the British Independent Film Awards in 2013.

Other notable documentary works include We Are Many (directed Amir Amirani), about the demonstrations against the Iraq war in 2003, (a score for which Simon collaborated with Alex Baranowski), Smash & Grab (directed by Havana Marking), an innovative documentary about the notorious diamond thieves, the Pink Panthers; Vote Afghanistan! (directed Martin Herring & Havana Marking), about the country’s first free elections in 2009; 2 series fronted by Waldemar Januzczak: The Dark Ages – An Age Of Light, a 4-part series looking at art and architecture in the Middle Ages, and the 4-part Renaissance Unchained, both for BBC4, and 52 episodes of the animated show Canimals, for Aardman.

Most recently he was worked on projects such as James Bluemel's remarkable BBC documentary series Exodus: Our Journey to Europe (Which was awarded two BAFTA's, RTS Best Documentary Series 2017 & Prix Italia 2016) and Exodus: Our Journey Continues. Simon also worked on ITV’s three-part series; Joanna Lumley’s India, in 2017. 

Iran Unveiled: Taking on the Ayatollahs is now available to view on ITV Hub here

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Manners McDade, Tue, 30 Oct 2018 12:30:54 GMT