Nainita Desai

Nainita Desai
Photo Credit: Bas Bogaerts


Following a degree in Maths and studying sound for film at the NFTS in the UK, Nainita Desai began her career as a sound designer on feature films for directors including Werner Herzog and Bertolucci, as well as assistant music engineering for Peter Gabriel.

Now an acclaimed Emmy-winning composer, Nainita is an RTS and World Soundtrack Award winner and was described by Empire Magazine as one of the Top 5 Composers to Watch for 2022.

Amongst various BAFTA, Oscar, and Emmy acclaimed productions, Nainita’s projects include the hit Netflix documentary 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible for which her score earned nominations for a Primetime Emmy, Hollywood Music in Media Award, and ASCAP Composer Choice Award.  One of her most recent projects is Oscar winning John Battsek’s feature documentary The Deepest Breath that World Premiered at Sundance 2023 and earned Desai nominations for Best Original Score with the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, the Hollywood Music in Media Awards and Best Original Title Theme at the SCL Awards 2024.

Her other notable credits include Oscar nominated and BAFTA & Cannes winning feature doc For Sama, Sundance winning film The Reason I Jump and the Emmy nominated score for Body Parts. Recent dramas include BBC1 action thriller series Crossfire, Sky comedy drama Funny Woman, and the iconic Call of Duty video game franchise.

2024 projects include the upcoming fantasy action-adventure series Nautilus for AMC, the third season of ITV Drama The Tower, upcoming landmark natural history series Earthsounds for Apple TV+, and James Cameron’s BBC / Nat Geo series Ocean Xplorers, as well as premium feature docs for Netflix and video games for Sony Interactive and EA Originals.


The Deepest Breath
Directed by Laura McGann
Ventureland / Raw / A24

The Tower
Directed by Jim Loach, Faye Gilbert and Rene van Pannevis
Mammoth Screen / ITV

Directed by Tessa Hoffe
Dancing Ledge Productions / BBC Studios

14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible
Directed by Torquil Jones
Noah Media Group

The Reason I Jump
Directed by Jerry Rothwell
BFI / MetFilm Production / Vulcan Productions

For Sama
Directed by Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts
Channel 4 News / ITN Productions

Discover all of Nainita’s Film, TV and Video Games work on IMDb.

The Deepest Breath

Directed by Laura McGann
Ventureland / Raw / A24

The Tower

Directed by Jim Loach, Faye Gilbert and Rene van Pannevis
Mammoth Screen / ITV


Directed by Sam Barlow
Half Mermaid Productions

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