Tom Mcleod


An award winning composer, Tom McLeod's dynamic musical background spans many worlds, bringing a diverse range of influences to his work in film and television, theatre and orchestral projects.

After graduating, from the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, where he majored in jazz piano, Tom spent several years performing at festivals around NZ with many acts including his own Las Vegas comic persona Tommy Love, before going to work with musical director and mentor Terry Gray producing music for TV. Cutting his teeth on live entertainment shows such as Young Entertainers and Showcase, Tom discovered a passion for composing and arranging.

Tom has since composed score and songs for numerous films and television shows, as well as stage musicals - including the large scale 2018 stage production City Of 100 Lovers, and his most recent collaboration with renowned songwriter Tim Finn for the opera project Ihitai 'Avei'a - Star Navigator.

In 2015 Tom won the "APRA Best Original Music in a series" award at the APRA Silver Scrolls for the second year running with TV comedy Girl Vs Boy. In 2016 he was a finalist in the feature film category with his score for The Art Of Recovery, and a finalist again in 2021 with the documentary series Fight For The Wild.

His recent screen highlights include scoring the TV documentary Series Fight For The Wild, feature films Dead, Kiwi Christmas and Into The Rainbow - which was recorded with Filmorchester Babelsberg (Germany) and mixed by Grammy Award winning music producer Matt Howe (Doha). He also scored feature documentaries Camino Skies and Pecking Order, and created the theme music for NZ Story - Global Film.

Other work includes composing the WW1 television series epic When We Go To War, the feature film 3 Mile Limit (nominated for Best Score at the NZ Film Awards), and acclaimed feature documentaries The Last Dogs Of Winter, and Candyman. He has also composed several NZ/Germany co-production tele-features for ZDF based on the Emilie Richards novels, and many local children's television series' including The Killian Curse, Amazing Extraordinary Friends, Secret Agent Men and musical drama series Karaoke High, as well as producing music for cult hit The Tribe.

Tom has collaborated with many leading New Zealand recording artists, including The Phoenix Foundation, Tim Finn, and Louis Baker. He has produced and arranged albums such as Tim Beveridge’s Come Rain Come Shine recorded with the Buddy Childers Big Band in Los Angeles (Sony Music), and The Spirit Symphony with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Tom also co-wrote a musical comedy-drama series for Prime called "Tommy Love" in 2006 and starred in the pilot episode, later performing the role again for a talk-show style TV3 pilot "The Tommy Love Show" in 2010.




One Long Black - Short Film (dir. Dean Hewison) 2021

Song For Serbia - Short Film (dir. Rouzie Hassanova) 2021

Fight For The Wild - Documentary Series (dir. Peter Young) 2021

Peninsula - Short Film - [Title song] (dir. Fiona McKenzie 2021)

New Zealand Story "Global Ingenuity" - Web-Promo [commercial] 2020

DEAD - Feature Film (dir. Hayden Weal) 2020

Woman In Blue - Short Film (dir. Jack O'Donnell) 2020

Camino Skies - Feature Documentary (dir. Noel Smyth & Fergus Grady) 2019

Chips -  Short Film (dir. Karen Kelly) 2019

City of 100 Lovers - Stage Musical Production (dir. Tony Stimac / creative dir. Vincent Ward) 2018

New Zealand Story "Global Film" - Web-Promo [commercial] 2018

Kiwi Christmas - Feature Film (dir. Tony Simpson) 2017

Monomoko "Love Your Lines" - Web-Promo [commercial] (dir. Tim Christie) 2017

Tama - Short Film (dir. Jared Flitcroft & Jack O'Donnell) 2017

Pecking Order - Feature Documentary (dir. Slavko Martinov) 2016

Into The Rainbow [aka The Wonder] - Feature Film (dir. Norman Stone) 2016

Hypothermia - Short Film (dir. Pavel Kvatch) 2015

The Art Of Recovery - Feature Documentary (dir. Peter Young) 2015

Act Of Kindness - Feature Documentary (dir. Costa Botes) 2015

When We Go To War - TV drama mini-series (dir. Peter Burger) 2015

Jack & Chops - Web Series (dir. Andy Campion / Hayden J. Weal) 2014

Girl vs. Boy - TV drama/comedy SEASON 3 (dir. Thomas Robins/David Stubbs) 2014

Dancers - Short Film (dir. Louise Leitch) 2014

3 Mile Limit - Feature Film (dir. Craig Newland) 2013

Mitre 10 Dream Home - TV reality series SEASON 11 (dir. Leon Sefton) TVNZ, 2013

Girl vs. Boy - TV drama/comedy SEASON 2 (dir. Thomas Robins/David Stubbs) 2013

Blankets - Short Film (dir. Louise Leitch) 2013

The God Painter - Short Film (dir. Pavel Kvatch) 2013

The Present - Short Film (dir. Thomas Robins) 2012

Girl vs. Boy - TV drama/comedy series SEASON 1 (dir. Thomas Robins/David Stubbs) 2012

Spuren der Verganganheit - Tele-feature for ZDF (dir. Christoph Schrewe) 2012

The Gospel Of John - Booktrack score - New Testament (dir. Jacqueline Coats) 2012

Hot Rob - Short Film (dir. Andy Campion) 2012

Dr Grordbort presents: The Deadliest Game - Short Film (dir. James Cunningham) 2011

The Last Dogs Of Winter - Feature Documentary (dir. Costa Botes) 2011

Der Zauber von Neuseeland - Tele-feature for ZDF (dir. John Delbridge) 2011

Entscheidung des Herzens - Tele-feature for ZDF (dir. John Delbridge) 2011

Netherwood – Feature Film (dir. Cristobal Araus Lobos) 2011

Daytime Tiger - Feature Documentary (dir. Costa Botes) 2011

Sehnsucht nach Paradise Island - Tele-feature for ZDF (dir. Thomas Hezel) 2011

Whakatiki - Short Film (dir. Louise Leitch) 2010

Living With Ivy - Short Film 2010

Candyman: The David Klein Story - Feature Documentary (dir. Costa Botes) 2010

Alone Against The Tasman - TV Docu-drama for TV1 (dir. Roz Mason) 2010

One Night Only - TV talent show entertainment series for TV2, 2009

Lost In Wonderland - Feature Documentary (dir. Zoe McIntosh, prod. Costa Botes) 2009

The Amazing Extraordinary Friends - TV drama series for TV2 (Greenstone) 2006-2008 [3 SEASONS]

The Killian Curse 2 - TV drama series (TVNZ) 2007

Karaoke High - TV drama series (TVNZ) 2006

Karma - Short Film (dir. Damon Fepuleai) 2005

Tommy Love - TV comedy pilot (Prime) 2004

Maiden Voyage - Tele-feature (Carlton America, dir. Colin Budds) 2003

Secret Agent Men - TV drama series for TV3 (Greenstone) 2003-2004


music director:

Ihitai 'Avei'a - Star Navigator - Stage Musical Production 2021 - Musical Supervision

The Look Of Love - Stage Musical Production 2021 - Resident Music Director

City Of 100 Lovers - Stage Musical Production 2018 - Supervising Music Director

Tommy Love - Live Entertainment TV pilot (TV3) 2010

One Night Only - Live entertainment TV series (TVNZ) 2009

Revelations - TV drama series (Cloud 9) 2002

The Tribe - TV drama series (season 4) (Cloud 9) 2001

Atlantis High - TV drama series (Cloud 9) 2001

Young Entertainers - Live entertainment TV series (DSP) 1997-1999

Showcase - Live entertainment TV series (DSP) 1997-1998

Carols By Candlelight - Stage Show Production 1998-2012

The Gong Show - Live entertainment TV series (DSP) 1997




DEAD - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (composer / producer)

You Got My Love - Barnaby Weir / Tom McLeod - from "Kiwi Christmas" (single)

Kiwi Christmas - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (composer / producer)

Art Of Recovery - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (composer / producer)

A Hero's Tale - New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (composer) - SOUNZ recording

Happy Endings - The Phoenix Foundation (strings arranger)

Vesuvius - Luke Buda (strings arranger)

Karaoke High - soundtrack (unreleased) (composer / producer)

Come Rain Come Shine - Tim Beveridge (arranger / producer)

The Spirit Symphony - New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (arranger / producer)

Fever: A Peggy Lee Story - Sarah Lineham (arranger / producer)

The Tribe - Abe Messiah (second edition - 3 tracks - arranger / producer)