We have not one but two guests on our latest episode of Soundtracking, in the shape of Rob Marshall and Alan Menken. Rob has reimagined the 1989 Disney classic, The Little Mermaid, in live action, while composer Alan Menken provided music for both. Edith sat down with Rob and Alan separately to dive deep into the score and songs.
Este Haim & Ariel Marx On The Music Of A Small Light
Our latest guests on Soundtracking are two very talented women who have worked together on the music for A Small Light – the brilliantly-told story of Miep Gies, who helped Anne Frank’s family and other Jewish refugees into hiding during World War 2. Ariel Marx provided the score, while Este Haim worked on contemporary reversionings of songs from the era with the likes of Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, and her sister Danielle.
Will Lovelace & Dylan Southern On The Music Of Meet Me In The Bathroom
Our latest episode of Soundtracking is with Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern, who are the directors of Meet Me In The Bathroom. Based on Lizzy Goodman’s book of the same name, the film tells the story of the rebirth of the New York rock scene at the turn of the Millennium, and features incredible documentary footage of bands like The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem and The Moldy Peaches.
Asif Kapadia, Vincenzo Lamagna & Sylvie Landra On Creature
We have 3 guests for you in our latest episode, discussing an extraordinary journey which saw the acclaimed English National Ballet’s production of Creature transformed into a film during lockdown. Choreographed by Akram Khan with music from Vincenzo Lamagna, Creature is inspired by Georg Büchner’s expressionist classic Woyzeck, and has echoes of Frankenstein too.
Now, our good friend Asif Kapadia has brought the original stage performance to our screens in spectacular style, aided by Vincenzo and editor Sylvie Landra
Rachel Weisz & Alice Birch On The Music Of Dead Ringers
Our latest guests on Soundtracking are Rachel Weisz and Alice Birch, who together are instrumental in bringing us the TV remake of David Croneburg’s classic chiller, Dead Ringers. As well as reprising the Jeremy Irons role as the central twins, Rachel also produced the show, while Alice developed the concept for Amazon Prime and was a driving force behind the script. Here they discuss some of their musical choices and decisions.
It’s been one of the TV events of the year, and we’re delighted to be celebrating its success with two of the composers who worked on it. Based on the 2013 video game, The Last Of Us tells the story of Ellie and Joel as they navigate a post-apocalyptic world in which a mass fungal outbreak has caused humanity to collapse, with the infected turned into bloodthirsty Zombie-like creatures. The game was scored by Gustavo Santaolalla, who returns to work alongside David Fleming on the HBO show – which you can watch on Sky and Now TV.
Our latest guest on Soundtracking is the actor and director, Diego Luna. Diego is, of course, the star of Andor, which you can watch now on Disney +. If you haven’t seen season one yet, you need to change that right now so you’re ready for season 2, which is currently in production. Hurrah! Here Diego discusses Nicholas Britell’s score, the brilliance of showrunner Tony Gilroy, and why he believes his has been so popular with audiences and critics.
John Boyega On Breaking
Our latest guest on Soundtracking is the very lovely, very charming and very brilliant actor, John Boyega. John can currently be seen in Breaking on home entertainment formats – a heist drama based on true events in which a financially stricken veteran threatens to blow up a bank unless he receives a payment he is owed from his time in the Marines. Such a treat to have him along, we hope you enjoy.
Chad Stahelski & Keanu Reeves On The Music Of John Wick: Chapter 4
It’s a welcome return to Soundtracking to Chad Stahelski and Keanu Reeves to discuss their work together on John Wick: Chapter 4. The pair have clearly had huge amounts of fun making this – and all – the John Wick films, and their passion for and dedication to building Wick-World is plain for all to see on screen. It’s a great chat, which we very much hope you enjoy!
Director Raine Allen-Miller on Rye Lane
Our latest guest on Soundtracking is the super-smart, super-likeable and super-exciting young talent, Raine Allen-Miller – whose directorial debut feature Rye Lane brims with charm, wit, energy and panache. Set in Peckham and Brixton, it tells the story of Yas and Dom – two twenty-somethings who meet in the wake of their respective breakups and bond over the course of an exceedingly eventful day. Rye Lane is scored by the wonderful producer and composer Kwes – and we must say a big thanks to everyone at Warp Records for providing us with his as yet unreleased cues.
Composer Rachel Portman DIscusses Her Career
Our latest guest on Soundtracking is composer Rachel Portman. Rachel has just released an album of her film music re-versioned and performed by her called Beyond The Screen – Film Works On Piano, and it is a very lovely thing indeed.
The other reason we wanted to put out the interview this week is that Rachel was the first ever woman to collect an Oscar for composing – for Emma, back in 1996.
Congratulations to all this year’s winners!
Jon Favreau On The Music Of The Mandalorian
358 episodes in, and the man who kicked it all off for Soundtracking returns for a third time. Jon Favreau was the very first guest Edith recorded for the podcast – for which we’re forever grateful – and here he is again to discuss The Mandalorian, the brilliant show he created for Disney +. Season 3 is streaming weekly now.
Peyton Reed On The Music Of Ant-Man & Wasp: Quantumania
Our latest guest on Soundtracking is Peyton Reed, director of Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania.
The third instalment of the series, it follows our eponymous heroes as they explore the magnificently realised Quantum realm, encountering all kinds of fantastical creature on the way
As with the previous two films, Quantumania is scored by Christophe Beck
Son Lux On The Music Of Everything Everywhere All At Once
Our latest guests on Soundtracking are Ryan Lott, Rafiq Bhatia and Ian Chang, who come together under the banner of Son Lux.
And under that banner, they provided the music for Daniels Kwan and Scheinert’s mind-bending multiverse romp, Everything Everywhere All At Once. The score had to mirror the complexity of the narrative without confusing matters further. No mean feat, but one they manage to pull off with some considerable panache.
Ben Caron On The Music Of Sharper
Our latest guest on Soundtracking is Ben Caron a director who cut his teeth on TV shows such as The Crown and Andor, and has now directed his first film for Apple TV.
It’s called Sharper, and it is a twisty-turny tale where nothing is quite as it seems, which stars Julianne Moore, Sebastian Stan and John Lythgow, and is scored by our old friend Clint Mansell.
Gina Prince-Bythewood On The Music Of The Woman King
Our latest guest on Soundtracking is writer and director, Gina Prince-Bythewood, who’s latest film The Woman King has deservedly been nominated for a ton of awards. Set in 1823, The Woman King tells the story of the Agojie, an all-female warrior unit that defended the West African kingdom of Dahomey from the 17th to 19th Centuries. The film is scored by former guest on this show, Terence Blanchard.
Darren Aronofsky On The Music Of The Whale
Our latest guest on Soundtracking is someone we’ve been wanting to get on for a long time – not least because of his collaborations with friend of the show, Clint Mansell.
Darren Aronofsky is a truly original and radical filmmaker, whose latest movie The Whale has seen Brendan Fraser receive widespread acclaim as a reclusive English teacher who is eating himself to death. The Whale is beautifully scored by Rob Simonsen – who has served up a haunting take on the nautical themes that underpin the movie.
Edward Berger & Volker Bertelmann On The Music Of All Quiet On The Western Front
Our latest guests on soundtracking must be pinching themselves, after the film they worked on together land a staggering 9 oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Score
All Quiet On The Western front was adapted and directed by Edward Berger and scored by friend of the show Volker Bertelmann – and the recognition they’re receiving is richly deserved. We’re thrilled to welcome them to the podcast to talk so revealingly about their work.
Guillermo Del Toro & Alexandre Desplat On The Music Of Pinocchio
The big names just keep on coming to Soundtracking – and today we’re over the moon to be joined by Guillermo Del Toro and Alexandre Desplat to discuss their wonderful collaboration on Guillermo’s take on Pinocchio, which is streaming now on Netflix.
Set against the backdrop of the emergence of Facism in Italy, this is a bittersweet tale of the challenges of the father-son relationship which has a deeply personal feel to it – and certainly got Edith and her 9-year-old talking about the many profound themes it raises.
As you’d expect, Alexandre’s score is magnificent, and there’s plenty of that sprinkled throughout the conversation too.
James Cameron On The Music Of Avatar
It’s our 350th birthday, and what a way to celebrate it – with another bonus episode in the company of the legend that is James Cameron.
James was on sparkling form as he joined Edith to discuss the music of Avatar: The Way Of Water and the 25th anniversary re-release of Titanic. There’s also a bit of a news line in here too, regarding plans for the subsequent films …
Carter Burwell On His Score For The Banshees Of Inisherin
Fresh off the back of its huge success at the Golden Globes – and multiple BAFTA nominations – we’re delighted to welcome The Banshees Of Inisherin composer Carter Burwell back to Soundtracking.
Little did we know when we recorded this interview at the end of last year that the film would win best picture in a musical or comedy AND best screenplay for Martin McDonagh, as well as a best actor gong for Colin Farrell.
Carter was pipped in the Best Score category by our last guest on Soundtracking, Justin Hurwitz, but that takes nothing away from the excellence of his work on the project
Justin Hurwitz & Damien Chazelle On The Music Of Babylon
We have a bonus episode for you today, as two friends of the podcast return (separately, we should say) to discuss their work together on the extraordinary Babylon.
Director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz have worked their magic once again, bringing to life a tale of decadence, depravity, and outrageous excess in 1920s Hollywood.
What we do is share the interview with Justin first, as that goes into great detail about the music; then we’ll get an overview from Damien about the score and the movie as a whole.
Cate Blanchett On The Music Of Tár
We’ve got an incredible run of guests coming up with you over the next fortnight – so much so that we’ll be doing a couple of bonus episodes. But what a treat we have to kick off with today.
Cate Blanchett is magnificent in Todd Field’s new film, Tár, which charts the downfall of the eponymous composer and conductor, Lydia Tar. We won’t say too much more about it, except for the fact that Cate has real musical chops, and puts her heart an soul into her incredible performance, and that it is scored by the wonderful Hildur Guonadottir
Screenwriter David Kajganich On Bones And All
This might be a first for Soundtracking, but if it isn’t, it certainly doesn’t happen very often. For in speaking to Bones And All script writer David Kajganich, we’ve now completed the triumvirate of director Luca Guadagnino and composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
David is so insightful about the process, and also how music is fundamentally important to it. It’s a fascinating listen.
We’re also giving away a pair of tickets to a screening of The Fabelmans in this episode – so have a listen to find out how to win!