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Ilona Sekacz

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1951, Blackpool, England

Born to a Polish mother and an English father, Ilona Sekacz played the violin, was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and studied at the University of Birmingham. After several false starts (including being the office junior that the British Film Institute), Sekacz finally began her career in music in repertory theatre, eventually writing for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre in London. She scored a small number of television projects in the 1980s, but did not score her first feature until 1994, with Hannah Kodicek’s “A Pin for the Butterfly”. She followed that with the Dutch film “Antonia’s Line” (1995), which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1997, and since than has scored a handful of critically acclaimed but little-seen art-house films, notably “Under the Skin” (1997), “Mrs. Dalloway” (1997) and “Solomon and Gaenor” (1999). Unfortunately, Sekacz’s career in film has stalled somewhat, and for the last five years has concentrated mainly on writing music for theatre, where she received critical acclaim for her new musical version of John Gay’s “The Beggar’s Opera”.

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