Charlie Jefferson is a composer and music producer from coastal East Lothian in Scotland, his home for over 20 years.

His training as a classical and folk guitarist collided with the world of electronic music production in the late 1990s. Ever since, his work has explored the connection of these diverse fields. Since graduating from the University of Glasgow in 2000, Charlie has enjoyed collaborating with film-makers and visual artists, fascinated by the power that music has to transform and to elevate visual mediums.

With a background as a successful television composer, in recent years Charlie has begun to collaborate with talented directors in the field of feature film productions. A versatile composer, his current work is interested in concepts of landscape, both internal and external. His compositions are guided by an improvisational and collaborate spirit and the principal that emotion leads the way. The resulting work, an emotive blend of rootsy acoustica, orchestral instrumentation and minimal electronica, has proven popular with award winning film makers worldwide.



Winner Best DocUmentary Feature - Tribeca 2019

Winner Best New Documentary Director - Tribeca 2019

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Charlie’s score for feature documentary ‘Scheme Birds’ premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival, 26th April 2019. Charlie’s score will be available through Manners McDade Publishing soon - [Update, May 5th 2019] PREVIEW HERE

Best Documentary Feature – Scheme Birds (Scotland, Sweden) directed and written by Ellen Fiske, Ellinor Hallin. Jury Comment: “For its poetic, haunting depiction of compelling characters living on the edge. Every element of the film, from editing to cinematography to point of view, is superb. The filmmakers convey their voice in a unique and present-tense way. We’re proud to present the award for best documentary feature to Scheme Birds.”

Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award – Scheme Birds (Scotland, Sweden) directed by Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin. Jury comment: “For a film that tells a deeply compelling story, but realised with cinematic vision and invited us intimately into the lives of the film’s characters. This film is a remarkable achievement, made even more so because it’s from first time feature directors. The winners for the Albert Maysles Award for Best New Documentary Director are Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin for Scheme Birds.”

Awards, Nominations & Reviews

Winner Best Documentary Feature - Tribeca 2019 (World Premiere)

Winner Best New Documentary Director - Tribeca 2019

Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival 2019, nominated for Best Documentary Feature

Official Selection Hot Docs 2019 – The Changing Faces of Europe.

Official Selection Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019 (UK Premiere)

Variety Review

Screen Daily Review


Scheme Birds Original Score: Selected tracks

by Charlie Jefferson

A few taster tracks from Charlie’s score for Scheme Birds, to be released later on in 2019 [Publisher: Manners MacDade]

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Memories of America

by Charlie Jefferson

An atmospheric and emotionally charged exploration of minimalist Americana, inspired by memories of the American landscape.

Play on Spotify

Available to licence for film through Audio Network

Selected tV Credits


An uncompromising look at the lives of sex workers in an area of Leeds. [BBC]

Countryfile is one of Britain's most popular programmes, reporting on rural, agricultural, and environmental issues. Charlie's music has featured regularly since 2016. [BBC]

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A natural history portrait of a year in Yellowstone, following the fortunes of America's wildlife icons as they face the challenges of one of the most extraordinary wildernesses on Earth [BBC]

Filmed over a year in Michigan, Wyoming, Texas and Florida, this programme hears from Trump supporters who hoped that he would 'make America great again'. [BBC]


A revealing portrait of our closest star. Narrated by Andrew Lincoln. [BBC]

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Documentary examining the impact of Martin Luther and his ideas on the Gaelic-speaking peoples of Scotland and Ireland. [BBC\ WADDELL MEDIA]



Horizon follows three people living with voices, hallucinations and paranoia, to explore what causes this kind of phenomena. Providing a rare first-hand insight into their experiences. [BBC]


Charities, Commercials & Campaigns