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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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Preview: James Bobin

The Muppets, Flight of the Conchords, Ali G and Disneys Alice Through the Looking Glass. James Bobin is a fascinating and thoroughly entertaining film maker who has been involved in some pretty big pop culture hitters over the years. Full episode will be up on Friday.

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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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Preview: David Yates

Ahead of our next episode, David Yates gives us a little insight into how James Newton Howard’s score for Fantastic Beasts alluded to musical themes conceived by John Williams and Alexandre Desplat for the Harry Potter movies – the last four of which David directed. Full Ep up Friday.

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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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Ep 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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Preview – Mat Whitecross

A man of many film making talents, Mat Whitecross has made an incredibly poignant documentary about Oasis called Supersonic. Ahead of the full episode here’s Mat talking about choosing the Oasis tracks he’d feature in the doc.

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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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Preview: Derek Cianfrance

Derek Cianfrance has repeatedly pulled off that difficult trick of making movies that are at once thought-provoking, challenging and commercially successful. Perhaps that’s why musicians at the top of their game are so happy to work with him – from Mike Patton of Faith No More on A Place Beyond The Pines to the great Alexandre Desplat on his latest release, The Light Between Oceans. He’s even persuaded Ryan Gosling to sing for him!

Here he explains why he felt American band Grizzly Bear were the right people to work with on his highly acclaimed heart-wrencher, Blue Valentine.

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