Sian Elizabeth Selway is a young, talented composer for film, television, theatre and dance. She is grade 8 classically trained Pianist, awarded by The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and holds a First Class Honours Degree in Music Composition for Film from the University of Brighton. In 2010, Sian won the award for Best Composition at The Brighton and Hove Arts Council Drama Awards. Sian has composed bespoke music for a wide range of film and theatre projects, including a feature length drama documentary for broadcast and cinema release and a long running theatre production, ‘Vita and Virginia’, written by the actress Eileen Atkins which had sell-out success and won the Argus Angel Award for excellence at the Brighton Festival Fringe 2012, and then transferred to London in September 2012. Sian has gone from strength to strength with her compositional work, and in July 2013 Sian composed for an innovative and experimental dance project which was commissioned by the International Dance Festival in Sweden, and in August 2013 Sian worked for one of the UK’s most successful composers for children’s television, Tony Flynn, on composing cues for an episode of ‘M.I High’, one of the BBC’s longest running children’s drama series.
Sian is also a composer for a new and exciting music library on a non-exclusive basis, Soundcheque, who represent composers from all over the world and supply the highest quality music to film makers and production companies.
In 2015 Sian scored the short psychological thriller film, ‘By Lethe Betrayed’, written, produced and directed by Guido Lippe of Crowded Pictures and starring well known British TV actor Bernard Holley, and ‘Fired’, a short dark comedy drama , where Sian worked alongside BAFTA winning sound designer and sound editor Martin Pavey. In addition to her film score work, Sian also has a great passion for choral music, and was commissioned to compose an original work for chorus for the Brighton Chamber Choir where she set Shakespeare’s Sonnet XL to music for SATB divisi and solo soprano. This was premiered at the choir’s Jubilee year Summer Concert, ‘Sonnet and Song’, in July 2015. As a result of the success of the premier of Sian’s setting to Sonnet XL, the Brighton Chamber Choir commissioned her again to compose an original piece to be performed at the choir’s advent concert. For this, Sian set the traditional Latin text ‘Dormi Jesu’ for SATB divisi.
2016 saw Sian compose the score for her first full length feature film, a psychological thriller titled ‘By Any Means’, produced by Triventure Films and shot and set in New York. Since its completion ‘By Any Means’ has and continues to screen at film festivals around the globe, winning three awards for Best Feature Film and the Wexford Film Festival, the Polish International Film Festival and the Wales International Film Festival. ‘By Any Means’ was also nominated as a semi-finalist at Los Angeles CineFest and the Auckland International Film Festival, and nominated for Best Narrative Feature at UK Screen One International Film Festival. In June 2017 ‘By Any Means’ secured a worldwide distribution deal with Gravitas Ventures, and was released on numerous platforms including Amazon and iTunes, and on pay per view television across the USA and Canada. In January 2018, Sian’s score for ‘By Any Means’ earned her a nomination for Best Score at the IMDb affiliated The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards.
Sian recently composed the score for her second full length feature film for Triventure Films, another psychological thriller titled ‘Mother of All Secrets’ directed by Lucinda Spurling and starring ‘Days of Our Lives’ actress Kate Mansi, Brooke Burfitt who starred in ‘By Any Means’ and internationally renowned ‘Top Gun’ and ‘Witness’ actress Kelly McGillis. Mother of All Secrets is distributed by MarVista Entertainment and was released digitally and on demand in the USA in Spring 2018.
Currently, Sian is composing the scores for her third and fourth full length feature films; ‘Synced’, a Sci-fi thriller by award-winning director Devon Avery, and ‘Weapon’, a drama thriller produced by Phil Taylor of Film Engine and directed by Simon Tate.