Further to our previous announcement regarding the long awaited reissue of The Long Good Friday. Unfortunately the wait will be slightly longer as the release has been postponed until early next year. With other material coming to light in recent weeks the best option has been to improve the package even more. More details will posted here shortly.
To celebrate 35th anniversary of the film, Silva Screen is remastering and
re-releasing the long deleted original score, to include selected dialogue.
One of the truly great British gangster thrillers, The Long Good Friday rated
as the 21st best British film of the 20th century in a BFI 1999 survey. The film,
a 1981 British gangster piece starring Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren, was
first shown in the UK at the London Film Festival in November 1980. Viewed
today, 35 years after its release the film remains like all classic films
completely timeless. With its two outstanding leads, compelling direction
by John Mackenzie and filmed against a background of London about to
undergo massive change, this is a cinematic milestone.
The score is written by Francis Monkman, best known for being member of
progressive rock band Curved Air and Sky. Monkman’s electronic synth
score features seminal members of Sky – Herbie Flowers (Guitar), Tristan Fry
(percussion) and Kevin Peek (guitar) as well as Ronnie Aspery and Stan
Sulzmann on Saxes and helps to ground the film in the early 1980s.
“Monkman’s score tightens the tension to the screaming point”
The Long Good Friday will be released on CD/Download on 27th of November 2015
Silva Screen will release Harry Escott’s score for River on November 13th. Starring Stellan Skarsgård (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan), this six part crime thriller is a flagship drama for BBCTV’s autumn season and is receiving critical acclaim across the board. Skarsgård plays a brilliant police officer whose genius and fault-line is the fragility of his mind. “The care and attention to detail which the writer, producers and directors lavished on this show was both inspiring and intimidating. I knew I had to give it my all, which I did, and I am hugely proud to have been a part of it.” – Harry Escott
Tonight (Oct 8th) ITV launch a major new contemporary crime drama in six parts called Unforgotten. Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar star as detectives working on a ‘cold case’ from 39 years ago. Michael Price (Sherlock) has written the score and Silva Screen will be releasing it digitally in November.
On the 30th of September, live music from the soundtrack of cult 2004 film Sideways will be performed by soundtrack impresarios London Music Works, alongside selected jazz classics, prior to a screening of the film in the heart of London’s West End at Regent Street Cinema.
The audience will be given the opportunity to taste one of the latest releases from the Fess Parker winery (featured in the “spit bucket” scene) before watching the film in the newly re-opened Regent Street Cinema, a stone’s throw away from Oxford Circus
tube. Originally the birthplace of British cinema, it was the venue for the Lumière
brothers’ first public demonstration of the Cinématographe machine and has now been beautifully restored.
Tickets are £15 and include the screening of Sideways, a glass of Fess Parker Pinot Noir,
live music and a discount on the soundtrack vinyl (£12 instead of £15.99). Book early as tickets are limited!
Ridley Scott’s 1985 cult fantasy film LEGEND famously starred a young Tom Cruise, had two soundtracks and was represented by one of the most iconic looking horror bad-guys in the history of cinema, known as “Darkness”. The original Jerry Goldsmith score was preferred by Scott and was used in the Director’s Cut (2002) including several songs: “My True Love’s Eyes”, “Living River”, Bumps and Hollows”, “Sing the Wee” and “Reunited”.
The extended version of the soundtrack makes its vinyl debut on this Special Edition release, using amazing original artwork by artist Vance Kelly, who has also designed a Limited Edition poster, released simultaneously and available from The Flood Gallery .
Release Date: 16th October 2015
180g Black vinyl DLP
Special Edition with New Artwork
Doctor Foster is a gripping new five-part drama series, commissioned for BBC One and written by award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett, featuring music by Frans Bak whose previous work includes The Killing. Broadcasting on BBC1 from September 9th 2015.
Doctor Gemma Foster (played by Suranne Jones) is a woman in control: she’s a respected GP, the heart of her village, a woman people can trust. But Doctor Foster’s life is about to explode. When she suspects her husband (played by Bertie Carvel) has been having an affair, she’s determined to find out the truth. Gemma throws herself into an investigation that will propel her, her family, and even some of her patients, into chaos. Bit by bit, Doctor Foster uncovers secrets that shock her to the core. Now she has to choose how to react. And one thing is certain – she is going to behave in ways she could never have imagined. This is a drama with an intelligent, empowered woman at its centre – one with a huge battle on her hands, both in her personal and professional life. Doctor Foster’s psychological and emotional journey will be complex, compelling, and utterly gripping.
Silva Screen will be releasing Frans Bak’s soundtrack to the series on 25th of September. Bak is a Danish composer and musician who became known when he scored the Danish series “Forbrydelsen”, which was remade into the highly successful crime drama, “The Killing”, to which he also wrote the soundtrack. Amongst numerous commercials, short films and feature films, Bak was nominated for three Academy Awards for “Ernst The Light”, “Sweethearts?” and “Helmer & Son”.
Shaun The Sheep soundtrack composer Ilan Eshkeri gives an illuminating interview for Billboard magazine on how he approached the difficult task of writing a score for a film with no dialogue. In what he describes as a “crazy tapestry of different styles” the article gives a fascinating insight into the art of film composition. Read it here.
Channel 4’s £12m. sci-fi fantasy series Humans has become their biggest original drama success of the last 20 years. A co-production with AMC, the makers of Mad Men and Breaking Bad, the series explores the fine line between humans and machines. Created by the makers of Utopia, the series is a natural fit for the composer from that programme, Cristobal Tapia de Veer. His award winning, innovative score which he described as a “guerilla composition” won a five star review in Record Collector and was one of Mojo’s Soundtracks Of The Year. Silva Screen are delighted to be working with Cristobal once more and will be releasing this exciting new score very shortly.
Congratulations to Maurizio Malagnini for his Emmy nomination in the category Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score). His elegant score for The Paradise, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra was released by Silva Screen in Autumn 2013 and received outstanding reviews. The 67 Emmy Awards ceremony takes place at the Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles on September 20th.