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