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‘The Last Man Standing soundtrack was a deep dive into a different world – mixing hip hop sensibilities with a love of film music in continued collaboration with director Nick Broomfield.’



A film by Nick Broomfield.
Original score by Nick Laird-Clowes.

Release: 2 July 2021.

Composer and singer/songwriter Nick Laird-Clowes has produced original scores for films including:

  • The Invisible Circus (Dir. Adam Brooks)
  • Fierce People (Dir. Griffin Dunne)
  • Battle for Haditha (Dir. Nick Broomfield)
  • Wit Licht  (Dir. Jean van de Velde)
  • About Time (Dir. Richard Curtis)
  • Whitney: Can I Be Me (Dir. Nick Broomfield)
  • Marianne and Leonard: Words Of Love (Dir. Nick Broomfield)
  • My Father and Me (Dir. Nick Broomfield)
  • Last Man Standing  (Dir. Nick Broomfield)

As lead singer and principal songwriter of The Dream Academy Nick enjoyed worldwide success in the mid-80s with songs including The Love Parade and Life in a Northern Town. The latter song also became a worldwide dance hit in 1997 for Dario G as Sunchyme and was again US Top 40 and Grammy nominated in 2003 for Sugarland and Little Big Town.

The band’s music was also extensively featured in the John Hughes films Ferris  Bueller’s Day Off and Trains, Planes and Automobiles.

His co-composition credits include his work with David Gilmour on Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell, as well as on Brian Wilson’s eponymous first solo album.

His engagement with, and knowledge of a wide range of contemporary music has led to Nick being asked to work as a music consultant for both Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers and Richard Curtis’s About Time, for which he also composed the music.

In 1999 as Trashmonk, Nick released the critically acclaimed Mona Lisa Overdrive for Alan McGee‘s Creation Records, which led to being asked to compose the score for The Invisible Circus by director Adam Brooks.

A 25-song, Dream Academy Retrospective: The Morning Lasted All Day was released in 2014, and in 2016 Nick played a series of Dream Academy concerts in Japan.

The soundtrack album for the acclaimed Universal film about Leonard Cohen, Marianne & Leonard: Words Of Love (2019), is available to stream and download by Warner Music: Words of Love Soundtrack.

Nick has recently completed the score for the new Nick Broomfield film Last Man Standing: Suge Knight and the Murders of Biggie & Tupac. The film is in cinemas from 2 July 2021 with the soundtrack album available to stream and download:

Film scores

Last Man Standing

Director: Nick Broomfield

My Father and Me

Director: Nick Broomfield

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Director: Nick Broomfield

Whitney: Can I Be Me

Director: Nick Broomfield

About Time

Director: Richard Curtis

The Battle for Haditha

Director: Nick Broomfield

Fierce People

Director: Griffin Dunne

The Invisible Circus

Director: Adam Brooks


Mona Lisa Overdrive

(Poptones Records)

Mona Lisa Overdrive

(Creation Records)


Retrospective: The Morning Lasted All Day

The Dream Academy

A Different Kind of Weather

The Dream Academy

Remembrance Days

The Dream Academy

The Dream Academy

The Dream Academy


Too Late at 20

The Act