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  • Writer's pictureCarter Ferguson

RIP DAVID GOODALL | Fight Director, Friend.

I am so very deeply saddened by the sudden loss of my good friend and fellow fight director David Goodall who passed away on Wednesday after a short illness. Musical director, actor, cat lover and all round lovable chap. Some of you may know him as Soundsmove on social media.


David and I have been friends and colleagues for a long time, first working together when I was just 21.


David made a tremendous impact on the Scottish creative scene and was very much loved and admired by all who knew him.


In the last few months he and I have been making plans in regard to fights in Scotland which I will proceed to take to fruition in his memory.


Farewell my friend.



The late David Goodall. A true loss to the Scottish creative scene.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Amos Linz


Award-winning director David Goodall began working in Theatre in 1981; almost concurrently he was acting, fight directing and composing. In 1982 he directed an acclaimed production of "The Caretaker" for Tryst Theatre, with whom he subsequently directed "Rosencrantz and Guidenstern Are Dead" - of which the Guardian Review said "Quite, quite extraordinary" - both productions starred Cal Macanninch. He spent quite some time in London, working as an assistant engineer at the Boundary Row Studios, and has worked on producing singles and albums for various groups and individuals; mixing the score for Paul Campion's "The Devil's Rock" and producing and engineering the 2010 Nigerian World Cup single - "One" Since 2010 he has directed several award-winning films "Crush" and "Changed Days" won Best Director and Best International film in New York and Los Angeles, Keeping Mum, Goon and The Magical Beacon Stone have won awards throughout the world, including the Alan Parsons Award for Best Film Score As an actor, David has worked with renowned directors Ken Loach, Cary Fukunaga and Douglas Mackinnon, appearing in Masters of the Air, The Angel's Share and Outlander As a fight director, David has worked on such long-running, gritty shows as "Taggart" and "Rebus". He has choreographed the violence for "Red Road" with Tony Curran, "That Old One" with Kevin McKidd and Paddy Considine's acclaimed directorial debut "Dog Altogether" with Peter Mullan. David began composing in the early eighties, writing for theatre, chamber ensembles and small choral groups. His composition work has taken him all over the world, and his experience ranges from writing and producing pop songs to composing choral and orchestral commissions. His music has been used in projects as diverse as the world premiere of Derek Walcott's adaptation of "The Odyssey", a choral piece for the funeral of Domenico Chiocchetti, (principal artist of the Italian Chapel in Orkney), and the Irn Bru Can Clan campaign. Feature Films include: "Fallen Angels", "In The Dark", "Hamlet" & "To Have and to Hold". TV: "Eikon", "Wild Harvest" & "Zig Zag"; he has worked on award-winning commercials and idents, and has won a Silver Rose for Best Sound Design as well as awards for Best Original Song and Best Score. David was brought up between Italy, France and Scotland. and he speaks several languages, which he has used in voicing foreign language versions of numerous console games. His only training was as a chef, and he used to handle the catering on smaller shoots!


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