Stephen Rennicks

Stephen Rennicks is an Irish musician and film score composer based in Dublin.[1]

Stephen Rennicks
Film score composer
AwardsBritish Independent Film Award for Best Technical Achievement – Music
Irish Film & Television Award for Best Music

As a boy, Rennicks predominantly listened to and sang what he described as "Irish Protestant Baptist gospel music, choruses and hymns", and later claimed it was an influence on his process of learning harmony.[2] During the later years of the 1980s, Rennicks was a member of a band called the Prunes, which traveled through nightclubs in France and Germany playing punk music.[3]

Rennicks worked with director Lenny Abrahamson on What Richard Did (2012).[4] For Abrahamson, he later served as music director for the 2014 film Frank, where he was tasked to write songs that were a hybrid of pop and experimental rock music.[3] Rennicks was inspired by musicians he met while in the Prunes, wrote the score and supervised the recordings of his original songs.[3] For Frank, Rennicks won the award for Best Technical Achievement – Music at the 2014 British Independent Film Awards,[5] and was nominated for Original Score at the 12th Irish Film & Television Awards.[1]

Abrahamson and Rennicks collaborated again on the 2015 film Room. As a Canadian co-production, Rennicks was nominated for the Canadian Screen Award for Best Score in January 2016.[6] In April, he then won for Original Music at the 13th Irish Film & Television Awards.[7]


  1. "Orginal Score". Irish Film and Television Academy. 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  2. Brosnan, Seán (15 December 2014). "BIFA winning composer Stephen Rennicks talks to IFTN". Irish Film and Television Network. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  3. Mroch, John (20 August 2014). "The Story Behind the Bizarre Songs Michael Fassbender Sings in Frank". LA Weekly. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  4. Jason Wood; Ian Haydn Smith (2015). "Director filmographies (features only)". New British Cinema from 'Submarine' to '12 Years a Slave': The Resurgence of British film-making. Faber & Faber. ISBN 0571315178.
  5. "Frank (2014)". Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  6. Mejaski, Chris (19 January 2016). "'Room' leads Canadian Screen Awards film nominations with 11". etalk. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  7. Barraclough, Leo (11 April 2016). "Brie Larson's 'Room' Sweeps Irish Film and Television Awards". Variety. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
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