George Kallis Music 2019

Theme from BREAKING FREE (Mock up VS Live Orchestra)

My latest film was Breaking Free for producer Steve Gukas and director Ramsey.  I placed a lot of effort in programming the mock up cues, since initially they were supposed to be the final versions, but our producers added a budget to record the important cues with a live string orchestra. The mock up with samples is presented first and then the live orchestra version at 0.39. What do you think?

Theme from award-winning short film Star (Sh’hab) (Mock up VS Live Orchestra)

Star (Sh’hab) was a short film that one the Qatar Film Festival about a girl that wants to be whisked away from traditional values and follow her dream of seeing a falling star. Initially we were not planning to record a live string orchestra but the producer received the funding for it. The interesting thing was that our director requested that we go back to the sampled cello when she first heard the live recording which had a very distinctive arc even though the live cello sounded beautiful too.




Recipient of the Jerry Goldsmith Award and the IFMCA award George Kallis is considered “one of the most exciting and talented composers to emerge in the film music world” (Movie Music UK).

George has just finished the score for the biopic sports drama ‘Lev Yashin’ about the superstar goalkeeper, and the black comedy ‘Gutterbee’, directed by Ulrich Thomsen. His previous score was  ‘Cliffs of Freedom’, starring Christopher Plummer and Billy Zane, which received positive reviews and award nominations.

Previously he scored Disney’ live-action fantasy ‘The Last Warrior’, winning the Jerry Goldsmith, the award for Best Music for a Feature Film, and the family adventure ‘Albion The Enchanted Stallion’ starring John Cleese, Debra Messing, and Jennifer Morrison that earned him the ‘Breakthrough Composer of the Year’ award at the International Film Music Critics Awards.

George has written TV music for Emmy and Bafta award-winning programs, such as the opening titles music for BBC ‘Horizon’, for its 40th-anniversary celebration, and ‘My Life’ on CBBC. His commercial work includes music for brands such as McDonald’s, Mitsubishi, Lexus and Toshiba, and trailer music includes placements with Mandela Long Walk To Freedom, The Visit and 47 Ronin.

Other accolades include ‘Best Music and Sound Design’ at the Los Angeles Film Awards for the historical drama ‘The Black Prince’ (2017) and ‘Best Score Award’ at the Underground Cinema Festival for ‘Blight’ (2017). He has been nominated twice for an ‘African Academy Movie Award’ for his scores ’93 Days’ (2017), starring Danny Glover, and ‘A Place in the Stars’ (2015).

George was born on the island of Cyprus where musically west meets east. The international musical influences helped him become an expert in global music, having composed scores for over 25 films produced in the US, UK, Russia, Denmark, Nigeria, Greece, Armenia and India. He has studied film composition at Berklee College of Music with a masters degree in composition from The Royal College of Music.