The Soundtrack International Film and Music Festival, an event described by Oscar winning Director and national treasure Danny Boyle as “crucial”, returns for its fourth incarnation over November 14 – 18 with a cutting edge line-up of screenings and performances in Cardiff and Newport that explore and celebrate the special relationship between music and the moving image (soundtrackfilmfestival.com).
Danny Boyle featured in the very first Soundtrack back in 2008, and coincidentally another famous name associated with this summer’s Olympics, David Arnold, the Grammy nominated Bond theme scorer and Musical Director of both closing ceremonies of the London Games, will appear in Cardiff this autumn. Other highlights of the Soundtrack programme include Parisian director Vincent Moon, an artist credited with reinventing the music video by The New York Times, Christopher Nolan’s long time collaborator David Julyan, composer of Memento and the recent horror The Cabin in the Woods, a screening of Samuel Fuller’s Shock Corridor as part of the British Board of Film Classification Centenary celebrations, and The Miner’s Hymns, an extraordinary homage to the mining industry in the North-East with a live performance by the Tylorstown Colliery Band. There are also live performances by psychedelic legends Gong, and hot new singer-songwriter Lucy Rose.
Soundtrack is supported by the Film Agency for Wales, whose Chief Executive Pauline Burt said: “Soundtrack is a unique event, which has from the start focused on internationally renowned film and music talent with a very independent flavour. The programme this year is wonderfully eclectic, appealing to a diverse range of audiences, all appreciative of the special bond between film and music. There are also plenty of opportunities for the industry to get together with bespoke masterclasses, panels and industry events, giving Welsh filmmakers and musicians access to top talent.”
Festival Director Pablo Janczur said: “Again we’ve worked hard with our partners the Film Agency for Wales, Cineworld and Chapter Arts Centre to deliver a varied programme worthy of their generous support, not to mention our commitment to our festival audiences, old and new, who we hope will get as much enjoyment from the programme as we had putting it together.
“We’re on a quest to build something special here in South Wales, and I’m looking forward to welcoming two great British composers in David Arnold and David Julyan to the festival, as well the exciting young Parisian director Vincent Moon, who we’ve been tracking as a guest for some time.”
“If there’s one event that our team is bouncing in anticipation over, it’s our collaboration with the British Film Institute and Sonic Cinema, in bringing House music superstar Fake Blood to Cardiff, with his live soundtrack to Dario Argento’s chilling masterpiece ‘Suspiria’, which closes the festival.”
Soundtrack features live performances, screenings, Q&A’s, masterclasses, panels, and educational workshops taking place in venues across Cardiffand Newport. Special events include a BAFTA Craft Masterclass: Composition with David Julyan where the acclaimed composer of some powerful, atmospheric scores will outline his work with director Christopher Nolan on the likes of Memento and Insomnia.
David Arnold In Conversation will highlight the career of the multi award-winning British film and television composer best known for his work on blockbuster films such as Independence Day, and the Grammy nominated Casino Royale, for which David won ‘Best Song’ at the World Soundtrack Awards.
Soundtrack’s closing night performance is a screening of Suspiria: with Live Soundtrack by Fake Blood – Dario Argento’s 1977 cult horror classic with an exclusive live soundtrack from the elusive House music superstar and producer Fake Blood (aka Theo Keating).
Vincent Moon Presents ‘Petites Planètes’ is the latest project from a film maker famous for his video work with the likes of R.E.M, Arcade Fire and Fleet Foxes, and is the result of an odyssey the director made across five continents, exploring and recording traditional music, religious rituals, music in dying languages and shamanic trance.
Powerplant with Joby Burgess is a collaboration with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama featuring acclaimed percussionist, Joby Burgess, best known for appearances with the likes of Stewart Copeland and Peter Gabriel.
Closer to home, Soundtrack presents Kelly + Victor, the debut fiction-feature from Welsh director Kieran Evans, adapted from the acclaimed novel by Niall Griffith, which arrives hot-on-the-heels of its World Premiere at the BFI’s London Film Festival; and SEANSMITHSUCKS.TV: A RETROSPECTIVE, where the singer of The Blackout shows us his collection of modestly-budgeted online television pieces which have been heralded by the band’s legion of fans. Sean will be conducting a Q&A with the audience following the screening.
The winner of the inaugural Soundtrack Mini Music Doc Award 2012, in association with Sŵn Festival and the London Short Film Festival, will also be unveiled along with screenings of the five shortlisted films following a worldwide trawl and a judging process involving James Dean Bradfield.
There will also be two days of free screenings and events taking place at the University of Wales Newport’s City Centre Campus (November 15 and 16) as part of an ongoing partnership with Newport Film School, and supported by Newport City Council.
Other Soundtrack 2012 highlights include:
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
The Miners’ Hymns + Performance & In Conversation with Tylorstown Band
Kelly + Victor + Q&A with Kieran Evans (Director) & Paul Lambden (Domino Records)
Sound of Noise
The Legend of Kaspar Hauser
Shock Corridor + Q&A with the BBFC’s Craig Lapper
Bones Brigade: An Autobiography
Music @ Soundtrack: Lucy Rose
Music @ Soundtrack: Gong
Welsh Music Foundation and Skillset Media Academy Wales present: ‘Sound on Screen: Exploring Music Video’s Place in a Digital Landscape’
Full programme details can be found at www.soundtrackfilmfestival.com