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 comic persona Tommy Love, before going to work with composer/arranger Terry Gray – producing and arranging music for television. 

Through this, Tom discovered a passion for narrative composing, and has since established a career composing music for numerous films and television shows, as well as stage musicals such as the large scale 2018 stage production City Of 100 Lovers, and his collaboration with composer Tim Finn for the opera project Ihitai ‘Avei’a – Star Navigator.

In 2021 Tom won Best Original Score for Fight For The Wild at the NZ TV Awards. He has been a multiple finalist at the APRA Awards, and has twice won the APRA Best Original Music in a Series award for TV comedy Girl Vs Boy. Other screen highlights include the new Netflix docu-drama series Blood, Sex and Royaltycomedy feature Dead, family film Kiwi Christmas, fantasy-adventure Into The Rainbow, true-life drama 3 Mile Limit, and the WWI 6-part epic When We Go To War. 

Tom has also scored many feature documentaries which have garnered success at international festivals such as When The Cows Come Home, Camino Skies, Pecking OrderThe Art of Recovery and Candyman. He composed the score and songs for several NZ/Germany tele-features with ZDF based on the Emilie Richards romance novels, and has scored many local children's television series' including super-hero show Amazing Extraordinary Friends and musical drama series Karaoke High, plus creating the theme music for NZ Story – a government-led campaign to promote NZ business internationally. 

Tom has collaborated with leading New Zealand recording artists The Phoenix Foundation, Louis Baker and Tim Finn - with whom he is currently completing the recording of Ihitai 'Avei'a – Star Navigator with West Australian Opera and West Australian Symphony Orchestra. 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), The Spirit Symphony with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and the soundtrack for cult hit kids show The Tribe 

Aside from composing, Tom had the privilege of co-writing a musical comedy-drama TV series for Prime called Tommy Love in 2006, starring in the pilot episode, and later performing the role for a talk-show style TV3 pilot in 2010. In 2022, Tom was asked to reprise the role, composing and performing the theme song for The Love Hour - with comedian Tom Sainsbury, for TV3's Three Comedy Pilots season.



Blood, Sex and Royalty - Netflix series (Nutopia) 2022

When The Cows Come Home - Feature Documentary (dir. Costa Botes) 2022

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 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)