The Hippo King

Role: Composer

Directed by EMMY nominee Will Steenkamp and his wife Lianne

Production for TerraMater / PBS / PBS Nature

Project description

Directed by EMMY nominee Will Steenkamp and his wife Lianne who followed the Hippo for more than 5 years, capturing the story of his life. A giant hippo bull – king amongst the largest concentration of hippos on this planet has one incredible story to tell. It’s a story normally hidden underwater, in the cover of darkness and almost always misunderstood. For the first time ever, we get to know the true character of one of the planet’s largest land mammals
when we follow the life story of a massive dominant hippo bull.

“This story has yet to be told. Never before has the secret life of the Hippo been exposed in such vivid detail and closeness…”

Christian Heschl: “From the very beginning it was clear for the directors and me, this has to be a different score as on other natural history movies”

Including strong thematic leitmotivs for the “animal characters”, action sequences as well as dramatic emotional moments.

The movie tells the ups and downs of the life of a Hippo in the rough areas of South Luangwa which I wanted to reflect in the atmosphere of the soundtrack.



The Hippo King — Teaser

Screen Promo