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Gary Tarn (born 1962) is a British filmmaker and composer.

Gary Tarn
Occupationdirector and composer
Years active1985 – present
Notable work
Black Sun
The Prophet 2011
Awards2007 Nominated "BAFTA"
2006 "Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival"
2006 "Newport International Film Festival"
2006 "Sarasota Film Festival"
2005 Nominated "British Independent Film Awards



Gary Tarn was a member of the band Drum Theatre, which topped the European charts in 1985 with "Eldorado". They released one album "Everyman", which was re-released by Cherry Red Records, in 2014.[1] For several years he created soundtracks for commercials, and short films, including the Brothers Quay's short The Phantom Museum.[2]

Black Sun (2005) was Tarn's debut film. He shot, edited, scored, produced and directed the film, which was executive produced by Alfonso Cuarón and produced by John Battsek.[2][3][4] It was based on the best selling book Eclipse[5] by the artist and filmmaker, Hugues de Montalembert, who was permanently blinded in 1978.[3] It is also narrated by de Montalembert.[3] Released in 2005, the film won a number of International Awards and was nominated for The Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Director in their First Feature Film at the 2007 BAFTA 60th British Academy Film Awards.[2] The film screened on the BBC[6] and HBO in 2007[3] and was number 12 in Tim Robey's top 100 films of the decade.[7]

In 2007 Tarn was cinematographer for Alfonso Cuaron's The Possibility of Hope shot on the set of Children of Men.[8]

In 2011, Tarn released his feature adaptation of Kahlil Gibran's 1923 book The Prophet[9] with narration by Thandie Newton.[2] The Prophet switches between digital and 16mm film[10] and is presented as a series of brief sequences mirroring the book's structure.[9] It was shot in Belgrade, New Bedford, London,[2] New York City, Milan and Lebanon. The Prophet opened at Copenhagen International Documentary Festival in 2011 and was official selection at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, DOXA Documentary Film Festival and Magnificent 7 festival.[11]



  1. ^ unknown. "Everyman – Expanded Edition – Drum Theatre". Cherry Red Records. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e Gianmarco Del Re (3 August 2003). "Launch pad". Fluid Radio. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d Peter Bowen (2007). "SEEING IN THE DARK". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  4. ^ Theresa Everline (28 February 2007). "Capturing a Blind Man's Vision". Wired. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  5. ^ Joshua Hammer (17 February 1986). "Injured in a 1978 Mugging, Artist Hugues De Montalembert Finds Hope and Light in His Blindness". People. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  6. ^ imon Horsford; Matt Warman; Patricia Wynn Davies; Gillian Reynolds (22 May 2012). "Today's TV & radio choices". The Telegraph. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  7. ^ Philip French (7 March 2006). "Black Sun". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  8. ^ Sarah Cooper (3 November 2014). "Gary Tarn". ScreenDaily Magazine. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  9. ^ a b Pamela Cohn (24 January 2012). "Gary Tarn". Bomb Magazine. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  10. ^ David Jenkins (28 September 2012). "The Prophet Review". Little White Lies Magazine. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  11. ^ Gary Tarn. "Bio- Gary Tarn". Retrieved 1 October 2014.

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