Photos with Hanan Townshend
Hanan Townshend is a film composer based in Austin, Texas. He began studying piano at six-years-old in his home along the ocean in rural New Zealand. It's here that he began writing and performing popular music for bands as a young adult. Townshend found himself fascinated by the relationship between music and visual art specific to film. This led him to pursue film composition after receiving his bachelors in composition and music studies from University of Texas and Victoria University (Wellington, NZ), studying under Bruce Pennycook, John Psathas, and grammy-nominated Mitch Watkins. Read more... composing for several feature films and documentaries in New Zealand and the United States. Townshend was a music licensee on Terrence Malick's Palme d'Or winning film The Tree Of Life; this is where he received his first significant recognition. Since then, Townshend has continued composing for feature films, including working as the composer on Malick's recent film To The Wonder, starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko and Rachel McAdams. He has also worked alongside producers, such as Mike McCarthy and the legendary Daniel Lanois.