Benjamin Wallfisch

composer & conductor

Benjamin to score DESERT DANCER starring Frieda Pinto and Reece Ritchie


Desert Dancer, directed by Richard Raymond and starring Frieda Pinto, Reece Ritchie and Alfred Molina has just been announced at the 2012 Festival de Cannes.

Benjamin Wallfisch will compose and produce the music for the film. Choreography is by Akram Khan.

Set in Iran, where dance is illegal, The film tells the true story of how Afshin Ghaffarian (Reece Ritchie) risked his life to fight for his dream to become a dancer. It plays against the backdrop of the 2009 election protests, where the passion and defiance of a young generation lit the flame of revolution still sweeping the Middle East and Africa.

Desert Dancer is the directorial debut of Richard Raymond, who produced 2009’s Heartless. The screenplay is by Jon Croker, who is also writing Hammer’s follow-up to The Woman in Black.