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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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Episode 13: Nicholas Winding Refn

Award winning Danish film Director Nicholas Winding Refn talks about his latest film The Neon Demon which continues his fruitful relationship with composer Cliff Martinez. We also discover more about his sonic approach to film making both on set and in the editing room.

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Preview: Nicholas Winding Refn

Award winning Danish Director Nicholas Winding Refn talks setting the mood on set ahead of this Fridays episode.

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Episode 12: Ron Howard

Director Ron Howard on the Music in His Films.

From child star to Academy Award winning director, Ron Howard has always made it his business to entertain. And entertain us he has – from A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13 and Frost / Nixon to his most recent offerings – the Beatles documentary Eight Days A Week and Dan Brown thriller Inferno.

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Preview: Ron Howard

This weeks new Episode with Ron Howard was so much fun to make, I could have talked to him for hours. And I kind of needed to, to cover even half of the films he’s made. Here is a little clip ahead of our full Episode.

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Episode 11: Andrea Arnold

My introduction to Andrea Arnold was through the award winning Fish Tank, a fantastic film. I was thrilled to get some time to sit down with around the release of her new film American Honey. It’s a vibrant, exhilarating trip with a young ‘mag crew,’ most of whom were genuinely part of that culture. To talk music and film with Andrea was a wonderful experience and as you can hear from the music she’s used, she a big fan.

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Preview: Andrea Arnold

American Honey by Andrea Arnold is out today and she is the subject of our next episode of Soundtracking. She’s a wonderful film maker with a real passion for music, have a listen to a taster of our new episode here.

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Episode 10: Tate Taylor

Tate Taylor has worked with some of the best when it comes to scoring his movies. From The Help to depicting James Brown in Get On Up and now he brings us her big screen version of Paula Hawkins international bestseller The Girl On The Train, Tate know what he wants when it comes to soundscaping his film.

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Preview: Tate Taylor

Girl On The Train, Directed by Tate Taylor is in cinemas now. Here is a taste of this weeks new episode with Tate, where he talks about working with composer Thomas Newman on his previous films.

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Episode 9: Thea Sharrock

Thea Sharrock was the youngest ever artistic director at a British theatre when she joined the Southwark Playhouse in 2001 aged just 24. She went on to direct everywhere from the National to Broadway, working with the likes of Kevin Spacey, Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch & Daniel Radcliffe.

Now she’s turned her hand to the big screen with Me Before You – an adaptation of the international bestselling novel by Jo Jo Moyes. Her love of music is infectious and I hope you enjoy our journey talking Craig Armstrong, The Ramones and how she’s used music in Theatre, TV and now Film.

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Preview: Thea Sharrock

My next guest is Thea Sharrock, a hugely wonderful and talented lady. The youngest ever artistic director at a British Theatre at 24, working with the likes of Kevin Spacey & Benedict Cumberbatch to great critical acclaim.

Her first full length feature for the big screen, earlier this year, was her version of Jo Jo Moyes international bestseller, Me Before You. Here is a preview of this weeks show.

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Episode 8: Richard Linklater

It’s a safe bet that any writer / director who borrows song titles to name his own films is something of an audiophile. Richard Linklater is unquestionably one of these. From Dazed and Confused To Boyhood and the so-called ‘Before’ Trilogy, he has forged a career making movies with a very specific sense of time and place – accompanied by soundtracks that appropriately underscore the mood he’s attempting to create.

His latest film continues this trend. Set in a fictional US college in 1980, Everybody Wants Some!! offers up a stonking array of contemporary tunes – from Donna Summer and Jermain Jackson to Blondie and The Sugarhill Gang. As with so much of his back catalogue, it’s also very funny and beautifully observed.

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Episode 7: David Mackenzie

Though it’s impossible to pigeonhole the 9 feature films David Mackenzie has directed, there’s one thing they have in common: his obvious passion for music. His latest film Hell Or High Water is scored by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

So expect to be taken on a musical journey, with tracks from as Townes Van Zandt, Waylon Jennings, Franz Ferdinand and The Bill Wells Trio among many others.

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Preview: David Mackenzie

Ahead of our next episode of Soundtracking, David Mackenzie tells me about working with David Byrne and Barry Burns of Mogwai on the soundtrack to Young Adam. The music you hear is composed by the Talking Head, with a little help from some illustrious Glaswegian friends.

The Directors new film Hell Or High Water has been released to huge critical acclaim. It is accompanied by a beautiful score from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, which we feature prominently during the full programme.

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Episode 6: Matt Ross

He’s an Actor, Writer & Director and his new film Captain Fantastic is one of my films of the year. Matt Ross has made a fantastic and memorable piece of cinema that stars Viggo Mortensen. In this weeks Soundtracking Matt takes us on his musical journey, one that encompasses bagpipes, German experimentalism and Bulgarian folk – not to mention Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Guns N Roses.

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