Clint Mansell

Clint Mansell

Mansell with the Sonus Quartet, playing in Union Chapel, London, 20 July 2009
Background information
Birth name Clinton Darryl Mansell
Born (1963-01-07) 7 January 1963
Origin Coventry, England, UK
Genres Epic music, Alternative rock, electronic, industrial rock, classical
Occupation(s) Musician, film score composer
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass
Years active 1981–present
Associated acts Pop Will Eat Itself

Clinton Darryl "Clint" Mansell (/ˈmænsəl/; born 7 January 1963) is an English musician, composer, and former lead singer of the band Pop Will Eat Itself.

After Pop Will Eat Itself disbanded in 1996, Mansell was introduced to film scoring when director Darren Aronofsky hired him to score his debut film, Pi.[1] Mansell then wrote the score for Aronofsky's next film, Requiem for a Dream, which has been well received.[2] The film's primary composition "Lux Aeterna" has become extremely popular, appearing in a variety of advertisements, film trailers[3][4][5] and YouTube videos being branded as Epic Music.

His notable film scores include Pi, The Fountain, Moon, Smokin' Aces, Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, Doom, Black Swan, and High-Rise.


Pop career

Mansell was the lead singer and guitarist of Pop Will Eat Itself. When PWEI signed to Nothing Records, Mansell became close friends with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails,[6] and he performed backing vocals on the 1999 album The Fragile.

Soundtrack composer

Mansell's score for Darren Aronofsky's π was followed up by his score for Aronofsky's next film, Requiem for a Dream, which became a cult hit.[1] Since their first collaboration in 1996, Mansell has composed the music to every Aronofsky film.[7]

Other notable achievements include the theme for the film The Hole, the music for the pilot episode of CSI: NY, and the score for Aronofsky's later films The Fountain, (which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score in 2006), and The Wrestler.[8] Mansell has also contributed the score to HBO's Voyeur and Aronofsky's Black Swan [9]

Film trailers

The trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers contained a re-arranged version of the track "Lux Aeterna", using a full orchestra and choir.[3] The piece, named "Requiem for a Tower", was recorded especially for the trailer.[3] The orchestration was arranged by Simone Benyacar, Dan Nielsen, and Veigar Margeirsson.[3]

"Lux Aeterna" has since become popular, with both the original and the "Requiem for a Tower" version having appeared in a wide variety of advertisements and trailers, including the trailer for the Red SoxYankees games in the 2007 Major League Baseball season, and trailers for the films Zathura, The Da Vinci Code,[4] Sunshine, Babylon A.D. and the TV series Lost and Top Gear. It was also used on Sky Sports News and as the theme for Soccer Saturday from 2007–2009. In 2006, the theme was used in EuroSport LIVE trailers. The theme was also used by America's Got Talent as an introduction of the judges before being changed slightly. The new variant is now a regular piece on the show.

Mansell's theme tune for science-fiction movie Moon also appears on the trailer for the film The Iron Lady[10] and computer game Aliens: Colonial Marines.[11]


Year Title Director Studio / Publisher Notes
1998 Pi Darren Aronofsky Protozoa Pictures
2000 Requiem for a Dream Darren Aronofsky Online Film Critics Society Award Winner
2001 World Traveler Bart Freundlich
2001 The Hole Nick Hamm
  • Canal+
  • Cowboy Films
  • Film Council
  • Granada Film Productions
  • Impact Pictures
  • Pathé
2001 Knockaround Guys New Line Cinema
2001 Rain Katherine Lindberg
2002 Abandon Stephen Gaghan Spyglass Entertainment
2002 Murder by Numbers Barbet Schroeder Warner Bros. Pictures
Castle Rock Entertainment
2002 Sonny Nicolas Cage
2002 The Hire: Ticker Joe Carnahan BMW films Short film
2003 11:14 Greg Marcks Media 8 Entertainment DVD Exclusive Awards Nominated
2004 Suspect Zero E. Elias Merhige
2005 Sahara Breck Eisner
2006 BMI Film Music Award Winner
2005 Doom Andrzej Bartkowiak
2006 The Fountain Darren Aronofsky Golden Globe Award Nomination
Critics' Choice Movie Award Nomination
Chicago Film Critics Association Award Winner
Online Film Critics Society Award Winner
World Soundtrack Awards Winner (2)
2006 Trust the Man Bart Freundlich Fox Searchlight Pictures
2006 Smokin' Aces Joe Carnahan
2006 The Big Forever
  • Robert Glassford
  • Timo Langer
Short film
2007 Wind Chill Gregory Jacobs
2007 In the Wall Mike Williamson Short film
2007 The Healing Syndrome Michael Sheehan High Tyde Productions Short film
2007 My Mother Elaine Wickham Medb Films Short film
2008 Definitely, Maybe Adam Brooks
2008 The Wrestler Darren Aronofsky
2008 Dream from Leaving
wonderwheel, llc
2009 Blood: The Last Vampire Chris Nahon
2009 Moon Duncan Jones Stage 6 Films British Independent Film Awards Nomination
2009 Farewell Christian Carion
2009 The Rebound Bart Freundlich The Film Department
2009 The Odds Paloma Baeza
  • Abbot Vision
  • Slate 9
Short film
2009 Blue Knight Mark Anthony Man of Mistery Films Short film
2010 Black Swan Darren Aronofsky Grammy Awards Nomination
Critics' Choice Movie Award Nomination
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award Nomination
Chicago Film Critics Association Award Winner
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Winner
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Nomination
San Diego Film Critics Society Award Nomination
Satellite Award Nomination
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award Nomination
World Soundtrack Awards Nomination
2010 Last Night Massy Tadjedin
2010 Faster George Tillman, Jr.
2010 Fragged Devon Avery Short film
2011 United James Strong
TV film
2012 Mass Effect 3 Casey Hudson Electronic Arts Video game
2013 Stoker Park Chan-wook
2013 Filth Jon S. Baird
2014 Noah Darren Aronofsky
2014 A Rose Reborn Park Chan-wook Short film
2015 Gaslighting Elaine Wickham Short film
2015 Deathly Mike Williamson Short film
2015 Man Down Dito Montiel Mpower Pictures
2015 High-Rise Ben Wheatley Recorded Picture Company
2016 Black Mirror Owen Harris
TV Episode: San Junipero
2017 Ghost in the Shell Rupert Sanders

Awards and nominations


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