Inventive Futures Revisited: Ed Holdsworth

For almost 30 years, Creative Review ran a program called Creative Futures that celebrated the best and brightest new talent in the industry. Here we speak to the leading composer Ed Holdsworth, who has been an alumnus since 2003

"When I was a kid, I was really interested in animation, but I never thought it could be a career," lead composer Ed Holdsworth told CR. He grew up in the north of England in the 1980s and early 90s and said that engineering was a more typical career – one that he almost followed.

Leeds-born Holdsworth studied 3D design at the Leeds Metropolitan (now Leeds Beckett University) before his brother Dan, a photographer, persuaded him to move to London in 1999. While assisting in the shooting of his brother, he considered how he should look like. "I had all these creative ideas that I wanted to develop and had no idea how I would make a career out of it – I just knew I had a lot of energy."

Above and above: Stills of Holdsworth's short arrival, recorded on a train ride in Tokyo in the 2000s

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