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Series of programmes exploring film music

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Series of programmes exploring film music

    Disappeared!

    Disappeared!

    Matthew Sweet focuses on music for mystery films, a genre favourite, where the unexplained disappearance of a character becomes the starting point for adventure. As well as great examples from the past, Matthew also features music from the new film 'Only The Animals' with a score by Benedikt Schiefer, which has just received wide release.

    • 22 min
    The Atom

    The Atom

    Matthew features music for films which take their inspiration from mankind’s inconsistent relationship with the atom and nuclear energy. The programme is prompted by the release of the new documentary film ‘The Atom: A Love Affair’. Matthew looks at how cinema has adopted an often contradictory relationship with things atomic. He also takes this opportunity to look at writing music for documentaries with the new film’s composer Paul Honey.

    The programme features music from the films ‘Radioactive’; ‘X - The Unknown’; ‘Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox’; ‘Superman IV - The Quest For Peace’; ‘Edge Of Darkness’; ‘Goldfinger’; ‘Radium Girls’; ‘ The China Syndrome’; ‘Silkwood’; ‘Grand Central’; ‘Chernobyl’ and ‘The Atom - A Love Affair’. The Classic Score of the Week Is Leonard Rosenman’s extraordinary music for the 1970 post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie, ‘Beneath The Planet of the Apes’.

    • 25 min
    Danny Elfman

    Danny Elfman

    Danny Elfman is one of the biggest names in film music. His numerous collaborations with Tim Burton include Batman, Edward Scissorhands, and Beetlejuice. He's scored Hollywood blockcusters Men in Black, 50 Shades of Grey, and Spider-Man, and been nominated for four Academy Awards. He's also worked extensively in television writing the themes for Desperate Housewives and The Simpsons.

    From his home in Santa Barbara he talks to Matthew Sweet about starting out in the business, working with Tim Burton, and the challenges of 2020.

    • 32 min
    Armchair Cinema

    Armchair Cinema

    Online film streaming services have become an influential means of receiving and enjoying film and have created an important platform for new film and for film composers. This week Matthew Sweet looks at some of the current list of films available from a variety of streaming services, focusing in particular on new film, for which streaming has become a major means of distribution whilst cinemas themselves are closed.

    Films and scores featured in the programme include ‘The Trolls World Tour’, ‘Proxima’, ‘No Time To Die’, Lord of the Rings, ‘The Rise of Skywalker’, ‘The Hunt’, ‘Ran’, ‘The Fall’, ‘Tumbbad’, ‘Celle que vous croyez’ and the ‘The Willoughbys’. The Classic Score of the Week is ‘La Strada’ marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Fellini.

    • 22 min
    Good Films for Hard Times

    Good Films for Hard Times

    With cinemas closed, new releases postponed and audiences turning to film from home, Matthew Sweet ponders the best films and best film music for these hard times.

    • 28 min
    The Unreliable Narrator

    The Unreliable Narrator

    Hirokazu Kore-eda's film 'The Truth' appeared this week, it stars Catherine Deneuve, Juliet Binoche and Ethan Hawke with a new score by Alexi Aigui. That much is fact. Matthew Sweet features music for films that explore the notion that sometimes the stories we are presented with are very far from the truth.

    Music in the programme is taken from the films ‘The Innocents’, ‘The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari’, ‘Gone Girl’, ‘The Girl On The Train’, ‘Rashamon’, ‘The Lone Ranger’, ‘Amarcord’, ‘Detour’, ‘Possessed’, ‘Stage Fright’, ‘Memento’, ‘Notes On A Scandal’ and ‘American Psycho’. Plus, of course, music from the new film.

    • 21 min

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