The Face of an Angel

 

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Silva Screen will be releasing the soundtrack to the highly anticipated British film, “The Face of an Angel” by composer Harry Escott next month as the film hits cinemas on general release after premiering at the Toronto Film Festival last year.

Director Michael Winterbottom’s latest film is inspired by the book by Barbie Latza Nadeau, “Angel Face”, which draws upon the Newsweek/Daily Beast crime coverage of the notorious Amanda Knox murder trial.  The plot follows a Hollywood film director played by Daniel Brühl, whose waning career takes him to Italy to research a new project. The ensuing investigation into the death of a young English student becomes a backdrop for his personal demons which are played out in intense dream sequences.  Starring alongside him are Kate Beckinsale as an American journalist and fashion model Cara Delevingne in her debut acting role as another English student.

Harry Escott has worked with Michael Winterbottom previously, on “A Mighty Heart” and “The Road To Guantanamo” and other credits include “Shame”, “Hard Candy”, “Shifty”, “The Arbor” and BAFTA winning “Poppy Shakespeare”.

You can watch Harry Escott being interviewed by Michael Beek about “The Face of an Angel”, its soundtrack and the composing process HERE.

“The Face of an Angel” is released in cinemas on the 27th of March and the soundtrack will be available on the 23rd of March.

 

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Wolf Hall Set To Be Unleashed

Interest and demand for Debbie Wiseman’s ornate score for Wolf Hall is growing. Released on March 9th, the title is currently number one on Amazon’s TV New Releases chart.

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Wolf Hall by Debbie Wiseman

Composer Debbie Wiseman, in her sixth collaboration with BAFTA Award winning director, Peter Kosminsky, has composed the score for BBC 2’s high profile historical drama, WOLF HALL, which will be released on CD/Download on the 9th of March.  The six-part series has not only proved one of the BBC’s most successful, but has enjoyed critical acclaim on all levels.  The all-star cast of Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, Damian Lewis as Henry VIII, Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn, and Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Wolsey alchemically combines with Hilary Mantel’s Booker-Prize winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies to create what The Telegraph has called “gold-standard drama”.  The series features a highly original score, in which Debbie mixes Tudor instruments with modern instruments to create the austere and vivid musical atmosphere of the Tudor period. Writing for the acclaimed Locrian String Ensemble, the music features string quintet, recorder, harp, mandolin, harpsichord, lute, theorbo and cor
anglais.

Director Peter Kosminsky comments on the score: “Debbie chose to create a score that acknowledged, rather than slavishly adhered to, the compositional style and orchestration of the Henrician Age. The spare, distinctive sound of the string quintet – beautifully augmented by the cor anglais – conveys so effectively the veiled persona of Hilary Mantel’s revisionist hero, Thomas Cromwell – as masterfully played by Mark Rylance. Her ‘Cromwell’s Theme’ is a glorious leitmotif for the evocation of a world set half a millennium ago and yet fresh and politically resonant, as if it were today.”
Debbie Wiseman says “It’s a huge privilege to have been asked to create the score for the drama adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s stunning novels. My aim was to create a musical world inspired by the vitality and elegance of the novels, and the vivid screenplay by Peter Straughan. Peter Kosminsky’s powerful visual adaptation and Mark Rylance’s mesmerising performance as Thomas Cromwell have been a huge inspiration throughout the composing process.”

Wolf Hall is released on the 9th of March 2015 PREORDER

Tracklisting:

1. Wolf Hall
2. Beginnings
3. Prophecies and Dreams
4. Devil’s Spit
5. Monstrous Servant
6. Forgive Me ME
7. The Scholar
8. Master of Phantoms
9. Anna Regina
10. Still I Love Him
11. The Smallest Compliment
12. The Unicorn’s Horn
13. Whom The Lord Loves
14. Austin Friars
15. Crows
16. Angel Wings
17. Just Words
18. Entirely Beloved

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Next Goula Wins

Roger Goula’s score for the British Independent Film Awards winner for  best documentary, Next Goal Wins,  is released digitally on March 9th. American Samoa are officially rated as the worst international team in the world with no goals scored in four years. Dutch coach Thomas Rongen arrives to try and revive spirits before a punishing World Cup campaign.  With a background in classical music and jazz guitar Roger Goula has scored a number of documentaries, Best Of Men and Britain In A Day and upcoming projects include Brand New-U and Tiger House.

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Game of Thrones Vinyl

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Appearing on vinyl for the first time,  Game of Thrones Series 3 will be released on the 30th March as a double LP.  The initial run will be limited to 1000 copies and the gatefold sleeve is produced as a black/silver duotone image.  The vinyl has a blood splatter effect which as fans of the show will know, recalls the bloody end of most of the Stark family.

Grammy nominee Ramin Djawadi’s score for Game of Thrones Series 3 offers fans three different versions of the Game Of Thrones theme – two of them previously unreleased. “Dark Wings, Dark Words” is a downtempo choir version whilst “For The Realm” is a solo guitar version performed by Djawadi himself. Additional music includes “It’s Always Summer Under The Sea (Shireen’s Song)” performed by Kerry Ingram who plays Shireen in the show along with “The Bear And The Maiden Fair” sung by US indie rock band The Hold Steady.

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Midsomer Murders on Silva Screen

It was first broadcast in 1997, with John Nettles cast as DCI Tom Barnaby and went on to become England’s biggest TV export: Midsomer Murders has now become a TV institution.  Today, Neil Dudgeon plays this most English of detectives and the series is still going strong at well over 100 episodes.  The 11th of February will see the airing of rather a special episode however, as it features singer Lucie Jones, who made her singing debut on X-factor.  Not only is Lucie acting in the episode, but she sings a beautiful folk song written specially for her by Seth Lakeman, who also accompanies her on guitar and violin.  “The Ballad of Midsomer County” not only features in the episode, but will be released as a digital single on the same day and will also appear on the forthcoming Midsomer Murders album, released in March.

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Wolf Hall by Debbie Wiseman

As anticipation for the BBC’s adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s 2009 Booker Prize winner “Wolf Hall” mounts, a digital single from Debbie Wiseman’s score to the series will be released the day before the first episode airs on the 21st of January.  The track is titled “Entirely Beloved (Cromwell’s Theme)”,  conducted by the composer herself and performed by the celebrated Locrian Ensemble Of London.

“My aim was to create a musical world inspired by the vitality and elegance of the novels, and the vivid screenplay by Peter Straughan. Peter Kosminsky’s powerful visual adaptation and Mark Rylance’s mesmerising performance as Thomas Cromwell have been a huge inspiration throughout the composing process.” Debbie Wiseman MBE 

“Entirely Beloved (Cromwell’s Theme)” will be available digitally from the 20th of January.

Listen to Debbie on Women’s Hour (iPlayer 13/1/15)

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More Music Awards for Frank

The song laden soundtrack to last year’s surprise hit cult film, Lenny Abrahamson’s “Frank”, continues to win awards and this time it’s Best Song for “I Love You All”, in the Las Vegas Film Critics Society’s annual pick of the crop.  Composer Stephen Rennicks added further to what must be becoming a very crowded awards shelf with the Best Music Award, this time courtesy of Les Arcs European Film Festival.

Listen to FRANK on YouTube

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Wolf Hall soundtrack due in 2015

Wolf Hall is the most keenly anticipated BBC drama for 2015. Based on the Booker Prize-winning novels of Hilary Mantel its all-star cast includes Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy and Jonathan Pryce. The six part serial presents an intimate portrait of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s chief minister and confidante. Leading British film and TV composer Debbie Wiseman in her sixth collaboration with BAFTA Award winning director Peter Kosminsky has created a highly original score mixing Tudor instruments with modern to create the austere and vivid musical atmosphere of the time. Performed by the celebrated Locrian Ensemble Of London, Debbie says,   “It’s a huge privilege to have been asked to create the score for the drama adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s stunning novels. My aim was to create a musical world inspired by the vitality and elegance of the novels, and the vivid screenplay by Peter Straughan. Peter Kosminsky’s powerful visual adaptation and Mark Rylance’s mesmerising performance as Thomas Cromwell have been a huge inspiration throughout the composing process.” Debbie Wiseman MBE is one of Britain’s most successful female music ambassadors as a  composer, conductor and also a presenter. With over 200 credits in TV and film,  composing highlights include A Poet In New York, The Andrew Marr Show theme, The Promise and the Ivor Novello Award nominated Wilde and Death Of Yugoslavia.

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Utopia Wins An Emmy

At the 42nd International Emmy Awards Gala held at the New York Hilton last night Utopia won the International Drama category. The event was hosted by Little Britain star Matt Lucas. International Academy President Bruce L. Paisner praised the award winners. “In the turbulent world we live in today, television’s unique power to show the beauty and drama of the human story is even more important and impactful, These outstanding programs and performances are an inspiration to audiences worldwide.”

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