Episode 254:
Nick Broomfield On The Music Of Last Man Standing

Our guest on this week’s Soundtracking is a documentary maker returning to the podcast for a third time.

Nick Broomfield is always splendid company, and joins us once more to discuss his new film, Last Man Standing – a companion piece to Tupac & Biggie, which he made back in 2002 about the murders of the eponymous rappers. Here, he delves deeper into the role Death Row Records impresario Suge Knight played in their deaths – and speaks to more of the characters who were central to this extraordinary narrative.

Last Man Standing is scored by Nick’s regular collaborator, Nick Laird-Clowes, who was kind enough to furnish us with a few cues.

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Episode 253:
Tom Hiddleston Talks Music

Our latest guest on Soundtracking is not only someone Edith’s known for a very long time, but also someone who’s been a great supporter of this podcast since day one.

Tom Hiddleston is currently tearing up the screen as Loki on Disney +. It’s a brilliant vehicle for one of Marvel’s most enduring characters and a welcome return after – ahem, spoiler alert – what happened in Avengers: Infinity War.

As well as discussing Natalie Holt’s sonically adventurous score for the series, we also dive deep into Tom’s passion for music and soundtracks, and discover the song he sang at his drama school audition.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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Episode 252:
Harry Macqueen & Keaton Henson On The Music Of Supernova

Our latest guests on Soundtracking are actor, writer and director Harry Macqueen and musician Keaton Henson, who makes his first foray into film scoring for Harry’s deeply moving road movie, Supernova.

Starring Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth, Supernova tells the story of a gay couple who travel to the Lake District – after Stanley’s character Tusker has been diagnosed with early onset dementia.

Given he’s a film score newbie, Keaton has done a magnificent job with the music. And there are plenty of classy needle-drops too, including tracks by Dalton, Bowie and Waits.

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Episode 251:
John Krasinski & Marco Beltrami On The Music Of A Quiet Place

It’s becoming a bit of a thing, here on Soundtracking, having two guests for the price of one. But Edith is really pleased to welcome John Krasinski and Marco Beltrami to the podcast, given that A Quiet Place Part II was the first film she went to see in the cinema after the most recent lockdown.

Written and directed by John, and scored by Marco, the film tells the story of a family forced to navigate a world inhabited by blind aliens with heightened hearing. Best not make much noise, it’s safe to say!

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Episode 250:
Florian Zeller Discusses The Father

Edith spoke to our latest guest on Soundtracking in the midst of our very first lockdown – not only when we were considerably more uncertain about things than we are today, but also before we knew what an extraordinary impact his film was going to have on lovers of cinema.

Since chatting to Florian Zeller, his directorial debut The Father has had all manner of critical acclaim and recognition, including the award for best adapted screenplay (from Florian’s own play) and best actor for Anthony Hopkins at this year’s Oscars.

Now we’re not going to lie, there’s not a huge amount of music in The Father, so we don’t talk about it at great length, instead focussing on the very skillful way he tells a very challenging story. And we’re also going to suggest that if you haven’t seen it yet, DON’T LISTEN, because it really is one of those films best watched with as little foreknowledge as possible, and he gives a fair few trade secrets away.

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Episode 249:
Craig Gillespie & Emma Stone On The Music Of Cruella

It’s another double header for you on this week’s Soundtracking, with a director and one of his leading ladies joining me to discuss their spin on one of Disney’s most iconic villains.

Craig Gillespie and Emma Stone have, quite simply, created a fabulous Cruella De Vil. Effectively a prequel to the original animated classic, Cruella also stars Emma Thompson and Mark Strong among many other fine actors, and tells the story of Estella Miller, a fashion designer making her way in 1970s punk London who eventually becomes the titular baddie.

As well as featuring over 50 songs, the film is scored by our dear friend Nicholas Britell, who complimented the deluge of needle drops with what he told us was his first rock-driven score.

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Episode 248:
Junkie XL On The Music Of Justice League & Godzilla Vs Kong

Our latest guest on Soundtracking is a composer returning for a second visit, having scored pretty much every blockbuster to hit our screens in recent weeks.

The work of Tom Holkenborg – or Junkie XL, if you prefer – can currently be heard in the epic Snyder Cut of Justice League, Godzilla vs Kong, and the riotous Netflix Zombie heist flick Army Of The Dead, which hadn’t been released at time of recording.

He was on BRILLIANT form – so we hope you enjoy the chat and, of course, his music as much as we do.

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Episode 247:
Nicholas Britell On The Music Of The Underground Railroad

Our latest guest on Soundtracking is one our our faves – a supremely talented composer and all-round top fella, returning to the podcast for a third time.

As ever, Nicholas Britell’s services are in high demand – and he’s been keeping pretty busy during the pandemic and beyond Not only has he scored Barry Jenkins’s new Amazon Prime series, The Underground Railroad, but he’s also penned the music for Cruella and the forthcoming season 3 of Succession among other things.

As always, you’ll hear plenty of Nicholas’s music sprinkled throughout, illustrating the discussion.

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Episode 246:
Julie Taymor & Elliot Goldenthal On The Music Of The Glorias

Our latest guests on Soundtracking are writer / director Julie Taymor and her partner both romantically and creatively, the composer Elliot Goldenthal.

Julia and Elliot joined Edith to discuss The Glorias, a remarkable film about the life of journalist and political activist, Gloria Steinem, with different actors playing her in the various phases of her life. It’s a device that allows Julie all manner of scope for narrative fun and games, and elicits fine performances from leading ladies Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Lulu Wilson and Ryan Kiera Armstrong.

They also reflect upon Elliot’s Oscar-winning score for Frida, which Julie directed.

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Episode 245:
6 Amelia Warner On The Music Of Wild Mountain Thyme

Our latest guest on Soundtracking is a rare thing in this business: a female composer.

Huzzah!

Amelia Warner is relatively new to the game, but is definitely making waves, having provided the scores for Mary Shelley and the brilliant BBC short, Leading Lady Parts.

Her latest offering is Wild Mountain Thyme. Written and directed by John Patrick Shanley, Wild Mountain Thyme is a comedic family drama set in Ireland starring Amelia’s husband Jamie Dornan, Emily Blunt and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.

Her score beautifully combines sweeping orchestration and traditional Irish music tropes, and you’ll hear plenty of it throughout the course of the interview.

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Episode 244:
Dustin O’Halloran & Volker Bertelmann On The Music Of Ammonite

Our guests on this latest episode of Soundtracking are successful musicians in their own right who – not for the first time – have teamed up to deliver a stunning movie score.

Dustin O’Halloran and Volker Bertelmann first worked together on Garth Edwards’s Lion. They’ve since brought us the music to The Old Guard, The Art Of Racing In The Rain, A Christmas Carol and, most recently, Francis Lee’s Ammonite – which is available digitally but will also have a selected cinema release in the UK from 17th May.

They are properly lovely fellas, and exceedingly talented to boot. Enjoy!

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Episode 243:
Emerald Fennell & Carey Mulligan On The Music Of Promising Young Woman

Our guests on this week’s Soundtracking are a couple of ladies eyeing success at the Academy Awards on Sunday evening.

Emerald Fennell and Carey Mulligan have combined to great effect on the former’s directorial debut, Promising Young Woman, which she also wrote. Nominated for 5 Oscars – including best picture, director and actor – Promising Young Woman tells the story of Cassie, a med school dropout seeking to avenge the death of her best friend, who was a victim of rape.

By turns extremely funny, dark, and provocative, it also has a banging soundtrack and a fine score by Anthony Willis.

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Episode 242:
Kevin Macdonald & Chloe Zhao

We’ve cheated a bit this week – as one of our guests doesn’t really talk about music at all. But given her film Nomadland has just won a sackful of BAFTAs and is nominated for six Oscars too, we thought we’d cut Chloe Zhao a little slack.

To be honest, Edith just wanted to share the interview with you, so much does she love the film – which stars Frances McDormand as a woman who becomes ‘houseless’ and travels America following the death of her husband.

We’re also joined by Kevin Macdonald to discuss his new movie, The Mauritanian. Starring Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahman and Benedict Cumberbatch, The Mauritanian is based on the 2015 memoir Guant√°namo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who was held for fourteen years without charge in Guantanamo. It’s scored by relative newcomer, Tom Hodge, and you’ll hear examples of his music throughout the conversation.

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Episode 241:
Riz Ahmed & Darius & Abe Marder On Sound Of Metal

We don’t just have one guest for you on our latest episode of Soundtracking – or even two. No, it’s a ‘three-for’ this week, as we explore the wonder that is Sound of Metal.

Nominated for six Oscars and four BAFTAs, including shouts from both for the extraordinary Riz Ahmed as best actor, Sound of Metal tells the story of a drummer, Ruben, who is going deaf – with all the emotional trauma that entails.

And Riz is one of our three guests, alongside director and co-writer, Darius Marder, who’s in the hunt for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards, among other accolades. We’ll hear separately from Darius’s brother, Abe, who not only co-wrote the script, but also had the tricky job of articulating Ruben’s descent into silence sonically as a composer on the movie.

We also have to thank Abe for furnishing us with his yet-to-be-released music from the film, and Matthew at Nonesuch Records, who gave us the all clear to use it.

Sound of Metal is available to watch on Amazon Prime from 12th April, and is coming to cinemas on 17th May.

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Episode 240:
Emile Mosseri On The Music Of Minari

Our latest guest on Soundtracking is composer Emile Mosseri, who has deservedly been Oscar nominated for his score to the quite beautiful Minari.

Written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung, Minari tells the semi-autobiographical story of South Korean immigrants trying to make a new life in rural America during the 1980s. It’s available to watch as of today via the Altitude Film website – so you can find out for yourself why it’s earned six – yes six – Academy Award nominations.

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Episode 239:
Henry Jackman On The Music Of Cherry & Falcon And The Winter Soldier

Our latest episode of Soundtracking sees us joined by an incredibly prolific composer, who currently has a couple of very exciting projects for you to feast your ears on.

Henry Jackman’s latest work can be heard on Apple TV’s Russo brothers film, Cherry, and Falcon And The Winter Soldier, which is streaming weekly on Disney +

He’s an absolute joy, and even tinkles the ivories throughout the course of the interview. ‘

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Episode 238:
Erran Baron Cohen On The Music Of Borat (CONTAINS SPOILERS)

Did you know that the person who scores Sacha Baron Cohen’s film is, in fact, his brother Erran? Well done if you did; if not, that’s your new fact for the day right there.

Erran is our guest on this latest episode of Soundtracking – with us primarily to talk about Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which has just picked up a couple of Golden Globes, has been nominated for Oscars and BAFTAs, and is available to watch right now on Amazon Prime.

We also have to thank Erran for servicing us with cues from the film, given that, for reasons unknown, his score is as yet commercially unavailable.

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Episode 237:
Steve McQueen & Dennis Bovell On The Music Of The Small Axe Anthology

Our latest guest on Soundtracking is a writer and director returning for a second sitting, who has made five outstanding films for the BBC about London’s West Indian community.

Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology is a series of historical dramas spanning from the late 60s to early 80s – from the story of the legendary Mangrove restaurant to Red, White and Blue, which stars John Boyega as Leroy Logan, the man who founded the Black Police Association.

As you’d expect, the music is exquisite – not least because of the input of the legend that is Dennis Bovell, who makes a guest appearance on the pod to talk about his classic, Silly Games.

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Episode 236:
Actor Jamie Dornan Talks Music

Our latest guest on Soundtracking is an actor, model and musician who established himself in the mainstream with his chilling performance as serial killer Paul Spector in critically acclaimed drama, The Fall.

Jamie Dornan has since landed a string of leading roles, including the part of Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades series and Nick in Untogether, which was written and directed by former guest on this show, Emma Forrest.

His latest outing sees him appear alongside Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo in the madcap comedy Barb And Star Go To Vista Del Mar, which, we can assure you, is an absolute hoot.

He also stepped in at the very last minute, for which we’re eternally grateful!

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Episode 235:
Edoardo Ponti On The Music Of The Life Ahead

Our latest guest on Soundtracking is truly born into cinematic royalty. Writer / director Edoardo Ponti is the son of Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti, who produced Dr Zhivago among many, many other films.

Edoardo’s latest project is The Life Ahead, which stars his mother as a former prostitute who forms an unlikely bond with a Senegalese street kid. You can watch it on Netflix now, and we highly recommend you take the time.

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Episode 234:
George C Wolfe On The Music Of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Our latest guest on Soundtracking is American playwright and film and theatre director, George C Wolfe.

Now it’s with a certain sadness we welcome George to the show, as his latest offering Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom also happens to be Chadwick’s last performance before his passing. But what a performance it is, as he and Viola Davis put on a virtuoso show as the eponymous blues singer and the trumpeter in her band.

It’s available to watch on Netflix now – so you can see for yourself why it landed numerous award nominations and received widespread critical acclaim.

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Episode 233:
Composer Ilan Eshkeri Reflects On His Career

Our latest guest on Soundtracking is a composer whose name has been mentioned on countless occasions on this podcast, such has been his productivity across the diverse world of screen music

Ilan Eshkeri has worked on numerous films, TV shows and video games – the latest of which is the quite simply breathtaking Ghost Of Tsushima for the PS4. He’s also scored four documentaries for David Attenborough, including A Perfect Planet, which you can watch on the BBC iPlayer right now.

He’s also built up several strong creative partnerships over the years with the likes of Matthew Vaughn, Ralph Fiennes and Mat Whitecross.

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Episode 232:
Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and On The Music Of WandaVision & Frozen

Our latest guests on Soundtracking are a husband and wife duo responsible for some of the most memorable original tracks to feature on our screens in recent times.

For Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez are the couple who wrote the songs in Frozen and Coco, winning Oscars for standouts Let It Go And Remember Mer respectively.

Now they have contributed theme tunes to episodes of the quite extraordinary WandaVision, which is streaming now on Disney +. Set in the Marvel Comic Universe, WandaVision takes place after the events in Avengers: Endgame, and sees Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprise their roles from the film series.

Beyond that, it’s quite hard to explain what’s going on, so you’ll just have to investigate for yourselves!

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Episode 231:
Zeina Durra & Nascuy Linares on The Music Of Luxor

Our latest guests on Soundtracking are a duo who’ve combined to great effect on the haunting drama and character study, Luxor.

As we’ll hear, writer / director Zeina Durra contacted Venezuelan composer Nascuy Linares somewhat out of the blue to score her film, which tells the story of an aid worker who heads to Egypt to escape the horrors of the civil war in Syria, and runs into an old flame while she’s there. Andrea Riseborough’s performance in the lead role is something to behold, as are the locations and cinematography, so do check all of the above out on home entertainment formats as and when you get a second.

Originally, Zeina didn’t want any incidental music at all, which perhaps informed the ambient, stripped-back aesthetic of Nascuy’s score. But he’s done a beautiful job from beginning to end – capturing both a mood and a sense of place.

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