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Filmmaker & composer

GARY TARN is an award-winning filmmaker and composer. His feature documentary Black Sun, executive produced by Alfonso Cuarón and co-produced by John Battsek, has screened worldwide. Tarn has also adapted Kahlil Gibran’s classic multi-million selling book The Prophet, narrated by Thandie Newton.


BAFTA Awards
Carl Foreman Award
Nominee, Black Sun,  2007

British Independent Film Awards
Best British Documentary
Nominee, Black Sun, 2005

Feature Documentary Films competition
Golden Frog
Nominee, The Prophet, 2011

Documentary festival Grand Prix
Winner, Black Sun, 2006  

Newport International Film Festival, Rhode Island 
Jury Award - Best Documentary
Winner, Black Sun, 2006

Sarasota Film Festival
Special Jury prize - Documentary
Winner, Black Sun, 2006


Co-produced by Alfonso Cuarón (Roma, Gravity, Children of Men) and John Battsek (Searching for Sugar Man, One Day in September), Black Sun tells the story of Hugues de Montalembert, a French artist and filmmaker living in New York, who was blinded during a violent assault in 1978.

Combining de Montalembert's audio narrative with signature 16mm visuals, the film explores the immediate and longer-term consequences of the attack as de Montalembert reflects on his perception of the world. A portrait of a unique man and his remarkable reaction to a life-changing trauma, Black Sun is a poetic cinematic meditation on an extraordinary life without vision.

"one of the boldest, most beautiful and haunting films...Black Sun is a film about blindness that makes us see the world hungrily, deeply, anew."

Sukhdev Sandhu THE TELEGRAPH

"Gary Tarn’s first feature Black Sun defies definition and categorization."



The Prophet takes Kahlil Gibran’s classic poetic novel and spins it into a cinematic exploration of love, life and loss. An intimate narration, by British actress Thandie Newton, is integrated into director and composer Gary Tarn's minimal score for orchestra, guitar, cello and synthesiser.

Gibran's fictional text is juxtaposed against footage shot on the filmmaker's solo travels to Lebanon, Serbia, New York, Milan and London. Finding beauty in the everyday, the film leaves space for each viewer to find their own meaning : an uninhibited eye observing the world through the lens of poetic wisdom.

"a free-form cinematic rhapsody"

Peter Bradshaw THE GUARDIAN

"Tarn's expansive, intimate, lovely film lets us share the connectedness of humanity"

Trevor Johnson TIME OUT Critics Choice


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