Tom Young – Filmmaker
Originally a Classical musician and composer, Tom is an award-winning filmmaker who’s made a series of shorts, music videos, documentaries and commercial films. He read Music at Cambridge University and was subsequently a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard before studying film at the London Film Academy, and film composition at the National Film and Television School. He has subsequently pursued a dual career as a teacher and filmmaker.
His music video Rinse It Out won Best Technical Achievement at the Preloader Film Festival in 2012, and short film Happiness was shortlisted for the sofa.com international film competition in 2014, for which it received acclaim from Peter Jackson. His script Missing received production funding from the Earl’s Court Film Festival, where it screened in 2016.
Subsequently the same Festival funded a documentary, Jan – A Refugee’s Story, which screened successfully in 2017. Short documentary Hitler Was My Neighbour has also screened at multiple festivals, including the Imperial War Museum Short Film Festival in November 2017.
“Happiness” was described by Peter Jackson as “Sharply directed. Imaginative and effective camera angles and good choice of lenses. A clever narrative, snappily edited, which delivers on its premise”.
Tom’s music has been broadcast on BBC 2 and BBC Radio 3, and has been performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Gonville and Caius College Choir, ensemblebash and Sinfonia 21, performed at venues such as the Royal Festival Hall and West Road, Cambridge. His opera The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold premiered in 2006 and was described as “astonishingly good” by The Independent.