Episode 36:
Ben Wheatley Part 2

It was an honour to have Ben Wheatley as our first ever Soundtracking guest in August last year. His new film, Free Fire, is fantastic, it’s funny, loud, and packs a punch in more ways than one. He’s also pulled in Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury to do the score, just one of the things we caught up about.

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Episode 35:
Stephen Woolley

I am so thrilled that Stephen Woolley is our first Producer for Soundtracking. He tells great stories and has been doing that for 3 decades in the films he’s producer, directed and exec produced. We only really scratched the surface with this chat, so I look forward to part 2. In the meantime this is a fabulous listen.

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Episode 34:
Edgar Wright

To be honest the man needs no introduction, especially when it comes to films and music, he’s a bit of a master. This is Part 1 of Edgar Wright, a retrospect as such. Part 2 will come later this year when he releases his new film Baby Driver. In the meantime sit back and enjoy. It’s a brilliant ride.

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Episode 33:
Bill Condon

What a fantastic texture of films Bill Condon has worked on over the years. He had a very clear and specific vision of how he wanted to approach remaking the Disney Classic, Beauty And The Beast. That involved bringing the original composer along for the ride. Having worked on everything from Dream Girls to Gods and Monsters, Bill also delves into his back catalogue to share his musical experiences.

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Episode 32:
Jordan Vogt-Roberts

I remember watching The Kings of Summer when it was released a few years back and feeling excited and thoroughly entertained by what Jordan Vogt-Roberts had created, but also what the future held for him as a film maker and me a film fan. Wait till you see what he has done with Kong! It’s like being on a roller coaster and in his own words, as ‘weird’ as he could make it. I hope this is the first of many of our chats.

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Episode 31:
James Mangold

It became pretty evident early on that this was going to be a fun and interesting chat. James Mangold exuded enthusiasm and wonderful stories as we sat down to talk movies and music. Walk The Line, Cop Land, Girl Interrupted and now Logan, just a snapshot of some of his incredibly diverse work. I hope you enjoy listening to James as much as I did chatting to him.

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Episode 30:
Gore Verbinski

He’s ranked as the 10th highest grossing director in the world, he’s also collaborated with some mighty fine composers. Gore Verbinski is not short of something to say about music, film and composers. As his new film A Cure For Wellness is released in cinemas, I had the pleasure of spending time with Gore to sit down and chat film and music.

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Episode 29:
Ang Lee

Oscar winning director Ang Lee has the most bombastic body of work and it’s almost impossible to predict what he will do next. It was a total joy to sit down and chat with him about his work and the place that music has in it. His infectious enthusiasm is quite exceptional and his love of music obvious.

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Episode 28:
Mike Mills

Mike Mills is a very personal writer / director, so much of himself and his experiences flow into his films, be it Beginners or his new one 20th Century Women, both portraits of his parents. The music in all of them flows like the perfect playlist, which I think is aided by Mike’s phenomenal work in music videos over the years. I hope you enjoy our chat as much as I did.

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Episode 27:
Jeff Nichols

He’s not made that many films but the ones he has made are memorable, important and brilliant. Jeff Nichols is a joy to talk to and his enthusiasm for his craft is infectious. Midnight Special was one of my favourite films of 2016 and his new film Loving is touching, devastating and very tender and gentle. I think I could listen to him talk all day long.

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Episode 26:
Danny Boyle

I’ve been waiting a long time for this one and we only just, scratched the surface. Danny Boyle releases T2 Trainspotting 20 years after the first film had a life changing affect not just on those who starred in it but for the generation of film fans like me who fell in love with Renton, Spud, Begbie & Sick Boy. And there’s those songs! I hope this is the first of several chats I can have with Danny about his work and love of music in his films.

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Episode 25:
Justin Hurwitz

In our 2nd La La Land episode of Soundtracking I chat to Damien Chazelles friend, former room & band mate and composer Justin Hurwitz. A total gent and a joy to spend time with, I hope you enjoy this musical journey into how the pair have brought us such memorable productions over the last few years.

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Episode 24:
Damien Chazelle

In my humble opinion this man has created a masterpiece. La La Land is an exceptional piece of work, a film I will be watching for years, decades to come. All the pieces of this musical jigsaw make up the complete picture, the songs, the cast, the script, the performances, the ending. His previous film Whiplash, a personal love letter to Jazz made such a lasting impression. I hope you enjoy our chat into his fascinating and fantastically creative musical mind.

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Episode 23:
John Michael McDonagh

To say John Michael McDonagh loves music, both as a companion and a tool in his film making, would be an understatement. When I was lucky enough to chat to him back around the theatrical release of his latest film, War On Everyone, he came armed with lists and notes on music. A pleasure to spend time with him, a pleasure to witness his passions.

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Episode 22:
J.A Bayona

This is our first new episode of a new year and from an astounding director, Juan Antonio Bayona. I remember the lasting impression The Orphanage had on me, how moved I was by The Impossible. His new film, an adaptation of the award winning Patrick Ness novel, A Monster Calls is outstanding. I hope you enjoy listening to him as much as I enjoyed talking to him.

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Episode 21:
Justin Kurzel

It’s a brave man who not only adapts Shakespeare but then goes on to adapt a video game. This week’s guest Justin Kurzel having done just that.
Following his hugely well-received take on Macbeth, the Australian director has now turned his attention to Assassin’s Creed – a movie based on the video game franchise that has sold well over 100 million copies worldwide. Both projects are scored by his brother Jed, listen to Justin talks about his development of his style along side working with his brother.

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Episode 20:
Gareth Edwards

In cinematic terms, it may very well just be the greatest story ever told. With its ground-breaking special effects, unforgettable cast of characters and universal themes, the original Star Wars trilogy has inspired and delighted film goers ever since A New Hope blew everyone away in 1977.
Among those to have felt its force is Gareth Edwards – the man charged with directing the latest addition to the franchise, Rogue One.

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Episode 19:
Sean Ellis

British director Sean Ellis has become a respected film maker with a stylistic approach that is urgent, visceral, and intense. With the help of composers Guy Farley and Robin Foster, he’s delivered soundscapes to match. From his Oscar Nominated short Cashback to the award winning Metro Manila, along with this years Anthropoid, Sean and his collaborators work incredibly affectively to twist our senes.

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Episode 18:
James Bobin

James Bobin has been part of some of the most colourful productions over the last 20 years that have taped into popular culture very specifically. He helped Sasha Baron Cohen create Ali G, Borat & Bruno was behind the most recent 2 Muppet Movies. He brought the fabulous Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie to our attention in Flight of the Conchords and this year he brought us his interpretation of Alice through The Looking Glass. A pleasure and a lot of fun to sit down and talk music with.

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Episode 17:
David Yates

David Yates is such a wonderful, warm & honest man who has been seminal in fulfilling the full potential of bringing the Harry Potter books to life. He’s taken that relationship on further by making Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find them. Nicholas Hooper, Alexandre Desplat and James Newton Howard are just some of the names he’s collaborated with on the music in his films. A joy to spend time with and chat with, I hope you enjoy listening.

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Episode 16:
Christopher Guest

Writer, Actor, Director & Musician Christopher Guest has been involved in some of the funniest films ever made. Spinal Tap, A Might Wind and Best In Show make me chuckle even thinking about them. His specific style of mocumentary film making requires a certain style and approach to music. A wonderful opportunity to delve into the mind of a man who is most certainly a bit of a genius.

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Episode 15:
Mat Whitecross

Mat Whitecross has had music at the core of so much of his work, Videos for Coldplay, a biopic on Ian Dury, a romantic comedy set to the backdrop of The Stone Roses Spike Island gig. And now his documentary, ‘Supersonic, charting a specific period of one of the most successful and loved bands of all time, Oasis. Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the wonderful Mat Whitecross.

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Episode 14:
Derek Cianfrance

Derek Cianfrance has made a handful of films but in Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond The Pines and his new movie, Light Between Oceans he’s made a lasting impression on me both in his vision but also his sonic inspirations. The same could be said about sitting down and chatting with him, I had a blast. I hope you enjoy this latest Soundtracking episode as much as i did making it.

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