Paul Hepker



Born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa, Paul Hepker trained as a concert pianist under Adolphe Hallis. He worked as a Musical Director at the National Theatres in Pretoria and Cape Town (The Rocky Horror Show, Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) and has performed or recorded with a number of prominent South African and international artists such as Shirley Bassey, Miriam Makeba, Ice Cube, Juluka, Just Jinjer, Yvonne Chaka-Chaka,

Vicky Sampson, Marcalex and Vusi Mahlasela. He produced the first solo album of Just Jinjer frontman, Ard Matthews

Hepker wrote the voter education theme “Make Your Mark” for the first democratic elections in South Africa, which gave birth to a National TV gameshow of the same name. In the mid-1990’s he toured the world as a member of Grammy-nominated band Johnny Clegg and Savuka (Juluka) before moving to Los Angeles in 1997 to pursue a career in composing for stage and screen.

Whilst in Hollywood, Hepker composed the music for numerous Discovery, History and National Geographic Channel series, including Deadliest Catch, IRT Deadliest Roads, Crash Files, Impact, America’s Deadliest Season, Into the Firestorm, Raw Nature, Iditarod, Herrings and Shark Taggers (NBC) – all for Original Productions.

A member of acclaimed Los Angeles theatre company Circle X, Hepker garnered an Ovation Award, two LA Weekly Awards, and numerous nominations for his work as composer or Musical Director on productions such as Grendel, Laura Comstock’s Bag-Punching Dog and Romeo & Juliet: Antebellum, New Orleans, 1839.

In 1999 he was a Finalist in the inaugural John Lennon Songwriting Competition and has had songs featured in, and included on the soundtracks for Eye In The Sky, Tsotsi, Permanent Midnight, Soul Survivor, The Bird Can’t Fly and Into The Light.

Hepker co-composed the music for Tsotsi (which won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film), Rendition (Jake Gylenhaal, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep), Eye In The Sky (Helen Mirren), Official Secrets (Kiera Knightley), and The Bird Can’t Fly (Barbara Hershey). Since returning to South Africa from Los Angeles in 2012, Hepker scored the live action remake of the anime classic KITE, (Samuel L. Jackson) and Shepherds And Butchers (Steve Coogan) for famed South African producer, Anant Singh.

Selected Credits


Hell Camp (Upcoming) 
Film Afrika Worldwide
Director: Mark Vicente
Producers: Bronwyn Berry,  Lynsey Jones

Official Secrets
Classified Films 
Director: Gavin Hood 
Producers: Even Berntsen, Claudia Bluemhuber, Ged Doherty 
Starring: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew Goode

Shepherds and Butchers 
Distant Horizon 
Director: Oliver Schmitz 
Producers: Brian Cox, Anant Singh 
Starring: Steve Coogan, Andrea Riseborough, Robert Hobbs

Eye in the Sky 
Entertainment One 
Director: Gavin Hood 
Producers: Ged Doherty, Colin Firth, David Lancaster 
Starring: Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Helen Mirren 
* 2015 Toronto International Film Festival

Anchor Bay Entertainment 
Director: Ralph Ziman 
Producers: Gerardo Gatica, Brian Cox, Alberto Muffelmann 
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, India Eisley, Callan McAuliffe

Where the Water Meets the Sky (Documentary) 
MercuryMedia International 
Director: David Eberts 
Producers: Helen Cotton, Fiona Eberts, David Freeman

Ex Men (Short) 
Brave Films 
Director: Brendan Pollecutt 
Producers: Justin Cohen, Larissa Pollecutt, Howard Sacks 
Starring: Brendan Pollecutt, Naomi West, J. Richey Nash

New Line Cinema 
Director: Gavin Hood 
Producers: Steve Golin, Mark Martin, Marcus Viscidi 
Starring: Omar Metwally, Reese Witherspoon, Aramis Knight


The Bird Can’t Fly (Co-Composer) 
Gravitas Ventures 
Director: Threes Anna 
Producers: Tom Maguire, Joel Phiri, Anton Scholten 
Starring: Tina Ajaxa, Claire Berlein, Yusuf Davids

Blind (Additional Music) 
Klas Film 
Director: Tamar van den Dop 
Producers: Petra Goedings, Erwin Provoost, Rossitsa Valkanova 
Starring: Joren Seldeslachts, Halina Reijn, Katelijne Verbeke

Miramax Films 
Director: Gavin Hood 
Producers: Peter Fudakowski, Paul Raleigh 
Starring: Presley Chweneyagae, Terry Pheto

Surfacing (Short) 
Two Zero One 
Director: Bradley W. Ragland 
Producers: Beverly Hynds 
Starring: Beverly Hynds, Keith Baker, Mario Margott

White Like the Moon (Short, Additional Score) 
Director: Marina Palmier 
Producers: Richard Pierce, Patrick Welborn 
Starring: Diana Burbano, Crystal Leah Chacon, Christel Khalil 


After the Catch 
Discovery Channel 
Producers: Tim Mann, Mark Fortgang, Douglas Bruce 
IRT: Deadliest Roads History Channel 
Producers: Jeff Conroy, Thom Beers, Maxim Holland

Shark U 
Unknown Productions 
Producers: Marc Carter, Rosie Sharkey, Jerry Whitworth 

Shark Taggers 
Producers: Thom Beers, Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun 


Deadliest Catch 
Discovery Channel 
Producers: Doug Stanley, Matt Renner, Ethan Prochnik 

Discovery Channel 
Producers: Tara Hunter, Adrian Maher, Steven Robillard 

Raw Nature 
Discovery Channel 
Producers: Anneli Gericke, Mitchell Tanen, Matt Renner 

Into the Firestorm
Original Pictures 
Producer: Sarah Whalen 

Impact: Stories of Survival 
Discovery Channel 
Producers: Keren Markuze, Christopher Poole, Chris Shelton 

Crash Files: JFK, Jr. (TV Movie) 
Discovery Channel 
Producers: Janice Engel, Dan Jackson

Don’t Look Under the Bed (TV Movie, Additional Score) 
Disney Channel 
Director: Kenneth Johnson 
Producers: David Lancaster, Jeff Morton, Don Schain 
Starring: Erin Chambers, Eric ‘Ty’ Hodges II, Robin Riker

Crash Files (Documentary) 
Discovery Channel 
Director: Dan Jackson

Thirst (TV Movie) 
Director: Bill L. Norton 
Producers: Paul A. Kaufman, Robert T. Megginson, Anthony Santa Croce 
Starring: Adam Arkin, Joely Fisher, Giancarlo Esposito

Legion of Fire: Killer Ants! (TV Movie, Additional Score) 
Directors: James Charleston, George Manasse 
Producers: Kirt Eftekhar, George Manasse 
Starring: Eric Lutes, Julia Campbell, Mitch Pileggi