About The Speaker
Segun Akinola is a composer for film and television who has strengthened many projects with his musical acumen. He is most known for his music in the latest series of ‘Doctor Who’, starring the first female Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. Segun’s work is a key immersive tool for showrunner Chris Chibnall and series directors to establish the many adventures the Doctor and her friends travel on. These include the impressive 80s influenced electronic score for ‘The Tsuranga Conundrum’ to the heart-wrenching ‘Demons of the Punjab’ which utilised specialist Indian musicians and orchestra, all recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
Most recently, Segun completed scoring Sundance 2019 selection ‘The Last Tree’ and again recorded his score at Abbey Road Studios. This is Segun’s second feature film collaboration with director Shola Amoo after festival favourite ‘A Moving Image’, and will compete in the World Fiction strand.
A BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, Segun’s other work includes scoring BBC Two’s landmark four-part series ‘Black and British: A Forgotten History’, written and presented by Historian David Olusoga OBE. Regularly collaborating on BBC projects, he completed the scores for the major three-part series ‘The Human Body: Secrets of Your Life Revealed’ and two-part series ‘Expedition Volcano’, both for BBC Two and PBS.
His score for Shola Amoo’s short ‘Dear MrShakespeare’ received an Honourable Mention at the Jerry Goldsmith Awards. In addition, he’s written music for a project from Academy Award-winning American producers Shine Global: the 3D documentary ‘1 Way Up’. His work has screened at acclaimed festivals like Sundance, the London Film Festival, LA Film Festival, BlackStar Film Festival and many others.