London born, Ben was instantly hooked on the respite from reality that cinema and the moving image provide. When he was asked to work with Clive Barker on “Candyman” in London and then in Los Angeles, he relocated to Hollywood, to pursue his dream of “working in pictures”
Three decades and nearly 140 films later, Ben claims to be “just getting warmed up”. In 2014 part of that warming up included winning both the Oscar for Sound Mixing, and the BAFTA for Sound on the independent film Whiplash.
Ben is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and BAFTA. In addition to his award wins, Ben cites his proudest professional moments as working with Angelina Jolie on her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011), and his part in designing sounds for the Academy Award winning Twister (1996). Ben cites Sergio Leone and his sound mixer, Fausto Ancillai, and the way the Italian filmmakers used sound to selectively push the audience’s emotional buttons.
In 2017 Ben received a Doctor of Arts degree after teaching a highly successful feature-film re-recording masterclass at Leeds Beckett University, UK.
He recently completed sound work on the Disney/Constantin Feature film Black Beauty. A lifelong equestrian fan, Wilkins helped out at a Malibu stables in the early 90s, and was able to use many of his personal horse recordings in Black Beauty to excellent effect.
Ben’s next challenge will be to complete sound work on the upcoming Focus Feature’s film The Card Counter written and directed by the legendary Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver/Raging Bull).