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Preview: Gore Verbinski

It’s not every day you get an excuse to play the Chips theme tune, especially with a Hollywood director. Alan Silverstri is just one of the composers that Gore Verbinski has worked with. Full episode on the way

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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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Preview: Mike Mills

Not the Mike Mills from REM but the wonderful generous writer/director who has shared quite intimate family details in both Beginners and his new film 20th Century Women. Listen ahead of this Fridays full episode as Mike explains the lengths he went to in order to clear the classic As Time Goes By.

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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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Preview: Jeff Nichols

He’s such an exciting writer/director and I’m always inspired by Jeff Nichols characters. Fascinating to hear his process on incorporating music into his films. Here’s a clip of Jeff talking about how he collaborates with his Editor and Composer ahead of the full episode this Friday.

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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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Preview: Danny Boyle

I have been desperate to get some time with Danny Boyle to talk films and music. It finally happened today. Here is a little teaser to this weeks episode and what will hopefully be the first of a number of episodes I get to make with Danny over the coming years.

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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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Preview: La La Land Composer Justin Hurwitz

Following my chat with La La Land Director, Damien Chazelle last week, I give you his wonderful composer Justin Hurwitz. Here is a little preview of this weeks new episode with you Friday.

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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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Preview: Damien Chazelle

I loved Damien Chazelles debut film, Whiplash. With his new production he has created a masterpiece. Ahead of this weeks episode here is Damien talking about the inspiration for La La Land.

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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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Preview: Gareth Edwards

When it comes to Star Wars, i’m a huge fan. Since watching it as a kid to introducing it to both my kids, I never tire of the tales from the galaxy. I’m also a fan of Gareth Edwards so was extremely excited when he was handed the mantle of directing the first spin off movie, Rogue One – A Star Wars Story. Ahead of the full episode on Friday here is Gareth talking about some of his favourite pieces of music from the original films.

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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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Preview: Sean Ellis

His 2013 film Metro Manila made a huge impact on both critics and film fans. Sean Ellis is a writer/director with a very clear vision of what he wants to achieve with his films, most recently with Anthropoid. Listen to a preview of this weeks episode where he talks about creating musical themes for Metro Manila.

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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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