Portman, Rachel (Mary Berkeley )
- David Kershaw
(Mary Berkeley )
(b Haslemere, Dec 11, 1960). English composer . She read music at Worcester College, Oxford, and studied composition with Roger Steptoe; she also composed for productions at the Oxford Playhouse and scored a student film, Privileged, which was sold to the BBC. Her first professional film scoring commission came from David Puttnam in 1982 with Experience Preferred … But Not Essential. Her early television scores included The Storyteller (1986–8 and 1990), a series by Jim Henson, for which she was awarded the British Film Institute’s Young Composer of the Year Award in 1988. In 1991 she composed for Mike Leigh’s Life is Sweet (1990), her first feature film score, followed by Beeban Kidron’s Antonia and Jane and Charles Sturridge’s Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991). She has collaborated with the English director Kidron on several productions including the BBC television drama Oranges are not the Only Fruit...