Jane Antonia Cornish Rises To Top Of David Grey Led Field, Takes Inaugural Honors For Best New British Composer

LOS ANGELES, June 19, 2005 The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) last month recognized Jane Antonia Cornish as the inaugural winner of the Anthony Asquith Award for Best New British Composer. Just 29 when she wrote the score, Cornish represents BAFTA's first-ever female winner in a music category and the third woman in its history to receive a nomination for a musical score. Carly Simon previously received 1989 nomination honors for Original Film Score on "Working Girl," while Anne Dudley collected a 1997 nomination for achievement in Film Music in "The Full Monty."

The award, presented by Joan Armatrading at a ceremony in London on May 8, honored Ms. Cornish for her soundtrack to the Jim Henson Productions feature film "Five Children and It," directed by John Stephenson. Headlined by Eddie Izzard, Kenneth Branaugh, and Freddy Highmore, the critically acclaimed British film is set for wide U.S. release this summer from Warner Brothers.

"In this film, Psammead the grouchy sand fairy (voiced by Eddie Izzard) grants the children wishes that last until sunset. ?This award will stay with me the rest of my life," said Cornish.

A former finalist for the BBC Young Composer of the Year, Ms. Cornish studied violin and music composition at the Royal College of Music in London and wrote her first symphony at the age of 12. Recent orchestrations include "Alex and Emma" and "The Girl Next Door" and Cornish will next compose on "Island of the Lost Souls," upcoming from Lars Von Trier's Zentropa Productions. Ms. Cornish now resides in Los Angeles.

"I'm humbled to represent female composers in accepting this honor," Cornish added. "But when it comes down to it, I'm really representing every 7-year-old who's ever had a dream."