The Soundtrack International Film and Music Festival, an event described by Oscar winning Director and national treasure Danny Boyle as “crucial”, brings a cutting edge line-up of screenings and performances to 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, appeared in Cardiff last autumn.
Other highlights of the Soundtrack programme included 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 were 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 got as much enjoyment from the programme as we had putting it together.”
Soundtrack featured live performances, screenings, Q&A’s, masterclasses, panels, and educational workshops taking place in venues across Cardiff and Newport.
Special events included 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.
The winner of the inaugural Soundtrack Mini Music Doc Award 2012, in association with Sŵn Festival and the London Short Film Festival, was unveiled along with screenings of the five shortlisted films following a worldwide trawl and a judging process involving James Dean Bradfield.