The Song of Names (2019)

  • Director: Francois Girard
  • Writers: Norman Lebrecht (novel) Jeffrey Caine (screenplay)
  • Starring: Clive Owen, Tim Roth, Eddie Izzard, Catherine McCormack, Jonah Hauer-King
  • Music: Howard Shore
  • Violinist, violin coach and body double for Clive Owen, Jonah Hauer-King, Richard Bremner: Oliver Nelson
  • Awards:

Nomination for Best Canadian Feature Film, Toronto International Film Festival 2019

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‘Having to go through extensive training, Owen and Hauer-King both play the violin like masters, and it feels like they really are playing the music heard in the film’- Sara Clements, Flickfeast, 15/10/19

‘The challenge was to find actors who could be taught to look convincing. This was accomplished in the cases of Clive Owen and Jonah Hauer-King, who play Dovidl at 55 and as a young adult, by engaging British violinist Oliver Nelson (who shares a name with an important jazz arranger of the 1960s) to coach them.’-John Marks, posi+ive feedback 12/11/19










Rare Books and Manuscripts (2005)

  • Director: Bruce Webb
  • Writers: Toby Litt (short story) Wendy Bevan-Mogg (screenplay)
  • Starring: Neve McIntosh, Ian Mosby, Alexander Giles
  • Music: Richard Lannoy
  • Solo violin: Oliver Nelson
  • Awards: 9 nominations:

Best Short Film: Almeria International Short Film Festival 2006, Dresden Film Festival 2006, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2005

Audience Award 2006: Brisbane International Film Festival

Brussels European Film Festival 2007: Canal + Prize for Best European Short Film

Encounters International Film Festival 2005: Brief Encounters Grand Prix

Kinofilm Manchester International Short Film Festival 2006: Best Comedy Short

Marbella Film Festival 2007: Festival Prize

Wiesbaden goEast 2006: Best Director

Production companies: Davis Productions, Nimble Pictures, Sister Films, Whatever Pictures