Soundtracking with Edith Bowman

Soundtracking with Edith Bowman

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In a unique weekly podcast, Edith Bowman sits down with a variety of film directors, actors, producers and composers to talk about the music that inspired them and how they use music in their films, from their current release to key moments in their career. The music chosen by our guests are woven amongst the interview and used alongside clips from their films.


Episode 12: 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. But whereas Edith's previous guest Andrea Arnold prefers to accompany her films with source music, Ron is a particular fan of score, and has, accordingly, collaborated with some of the finest cinematic composers of recent times, including James Horner, Thomas Newman, John Williams and Hans Zimmer. We'll hear plenty more about the director's admiration for that venerable bunch during the course of our conversation, as well as excerpts from the work they produced for his movies. Ron also reflects on his time as an actor, and has a most amusing anecdote about Michael Jackson!

Preview: Ron Howard Gives Us  A Fleeting Tour Of Hans Zimmer's Los Angeles Studio  

Ron Howard needs very little introduction. Having starred in some of the most well-know television shows the planet has ever know, he has since turned his hand to directing, with an Oscar for A Beautiful Mind among his many achievements. He has also employed some mighty talented composers to score his work, including John Williams, Thomas Newman and Hans Zimmer. Here Ron takes us on a personal tour of Hans's LA studio - or Hansylvania, as he calls it - with tracks from the score to Rush by way of accompaniment. Be sure to download the full episode is available to download from Friday 21st October.

Episode 11: Oscar winning director Andrea Arnold talks American Honey  

Andrea Arnold announced herself to the film world by winning an Oscar for her short film Wasp in 2005. Since then her releases Red Road, Fish Tank and American Honey have all won the Jury Prize at Cannes. The latter is her latest offering - a road trip following a 'Mag Crew' as they party their way across the American Midwest selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door - listening to plenty of phat beats. Don't forget you can check out the playlist to the show on Spotify. Next week: Ron Howard!

Preview: Director Andrea Arnold on the Use of Hip-Hop in her latest film American Honey  

Andrea Arnold is a director whose star is very much on the rise. She won an Academy Award for her short film Wasp in 2005, while her features Red Road, Fish Tank and American Honey all won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The latter is her latest offering - a road trip following a young 'Mag Crew', who travel party their way across the American Midwest as they sell magazine subscriptions door-to-door. The actors were largely untrained and joined Andrea on a real-life road-trip as they shot the movie. Here she discusses the influence of hip-hop, with many of the tracks featured on the soundtrack actually played by the cast off-screen during the course of their odyssey. You can listen to the episode in full from Friday 14th October.

Episode 10: Director Tate Taylor on Danny Elfman, Thomas Newman, James Brown and The Girl On The Train  

In his brief directorial career, Tate Taylor has brought us three very different films requiring three very different soundscapes. First up was his Oscar-nominated Civil Rights drama The Help, set in his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962. It is a deeply personal film for Tate and awash with the music of the time - including Ray Charles, Mavis Staples and Johnny Cash. It also saw him collaborate with Thomas Newman for the first time on the score. Then came the James Brown biopic Get On Up - with track after glorious track from The Godfather of Soul. Produced my Mick Jagger and again scored by Thomas, it was built around an incredible performance by Chadwick Boseman in the lead role. Now we have his take on Paula Hawkins international bestseller The Girl On The Train – a psychological thriller featuring suitably claustrophobic sonic undertones. Danny Elfman provides those in spades, and you'll hear plenty of his score in this episode. We also get the story behind Thomas's score for The Help, and of course have the opportunity to play lots and lots of James Brown.

Preview: Director Tate Taylor Reflects on Working with Composer Thomas Newman  

Edith's next edition of Soundtracking is with director Tate Taylor, whose latest film The Girl On The Train is out this week. Based on the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins, it sees him collaborate with the great Danny Elfman on the music. Both Tate's previous films - The Help and Get On Up - were scored by another legendary composer in the shape of Thomas Newman. Here he reveals what it's like to work alongside the man who soundscaped such classics as The Shawshank Redemption and American Beauty. You can download this latest episode in full from Friday 7th October.

Episode 9: Thea Sharrock on her career in the theatre, and now her debut feature film Me Before You, scored by the legendary Craig Armstrong (Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge, Love Actually)  

Thea Sharrock was brought up on The Ramones. She cut her directorial teeth in theatre, becoming the youngest ever artistic director at a British theatre when she took over at the Southwark Playhouse at the tender age of 24. She went on to direct Happy Now? at the National Theatre, before taking Equus to New York in 2008 - with Daniel Radcliffe making his Broadway debut. In 2009, she directed a production of As You Like It at Shakespeare's Globe. In 2010, she directed Keira Knightley and Damian Lewis in The Misanthrope, then Benedict Cumberbatch in the Olivier-winning revival of After the Dance – before moving to TV with Tom Hiddlestone's Henry V for the BBC. This was beautifully scored by Adrian Johnston - whose work features prominently in this episode. Her debut feature film Me Before You is a romantic drama starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin, with a soundtrack featuring Ed Sheeran, Max Jury, Jack Garratt and The 1975 - and a score by the legendary Craig Armstrong (Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge, Love Actually). Again, there's plenty of Craig's music to enjoy here.

Preview: Director Thea Sharrock on Working with Composer Craig Armstrong  

Edith's next guest is Thea Sharrock - who became 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 the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and Kevin Spacey on stage to great critical acclaim. Now she's turned her hand to the screen with Me Before You - an adaptation of the internationally bestselling novel by Jojo Moyes. Here Thea explains why she was so desperate to enlist Craig Armstrong to provide the score for her debut feature film. The full episode is released on Friday.

Episode 8: Richard Linklater On The Music In Dazed And Confused, School Of Rock, Everybody Wants Some!! and Other Films  

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, the amiable Texan 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. By his own admission he prefers source cues to score - though he’s not averse to orchestration when the situation demands - as it did, for instance, in A Scanner Darkly. But it's rock 'n' roll where his heart lies, so expect music from Steppenwolf, The Hives, The Flaming Lips and Aerosmith. You can check out the playlist in full via too.

Preview: Director Richard Linklater Reflects Upon The Joys Of Cultural Enlightenment  

Edith's next guest on Soundtracking is director Richard Linklater - the man behind Dazed And Confused, the 'Before' trilogy and Boyhood. In this preview clip, Richard recalls hearing Alternative Ulster by Stiff Little Fingers at college, which is why he included it in his latest film, Everybody Wants Some. Like all the songs on the soundtrack, it has a strong personal significance for him. There's a story behind every tune, be it My Sharona by The Knack or Take Your Time by The S.O.S. Band. The full programme is released on Friday 23rd September, and features music from The Hives, Flaming Lips, Yo La Tengo and Prince, among many others.

Episode 7: David Mackenzie On The Music In Hell Or High Water, Hallam Foe, Starred Up And Other Films  

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. Having enlisted Scottish band The Pastels to provide the soundtrack for his debut The Last Great Wilderness, he’s since collaborated with luminaries such as David Byrne and Max Richter. Indie label Domino Records provided all the songs for Hallam Foe, while David’s romantic comedy You Instead was shot over 5 crazy days at the T In The Park festival in Scotland. His latest film Hell Or High Water continues this fine musical tradition - scored as it is 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.

Preview: Director David Mackenzie Talks About Collaborating With David Byrne  

Ahead of our next episode of Soundtracking, David Mackenzie tells Edith about what it was like 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. Mackenzie's 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. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast now via or itunes to get the complete show when it is released on Friday.

Episode 6: Matt Ross talks Captain Fantastic and other movies  

Actor, writer and now director of Captain Fantastic starring Viggo Mortensen, Matt Ross takes Edith on a musical journey encompassing bagpipes, German experimentalism and Bulgarian folk – not to mention Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Guns N Roses. To hear all the music from the show in full, check out our spotify playlist - and please subscribe to the show on itunes. You can find out what else Edith is up to at and follow her on twitter @edibow

Matt Ross On Working With Jónsi from Sigur Rós  

Ahead of our next episode of Soundtracking, hear writer, actor and director Matt 'Sigur' Ross discuss his love affair with the Icelandic band, who feature in his new film, Captain Fantastic. Be sure to check out the full episode with Edith and Matt from Friday 9th September

Episode 5: Jon Favreau on the music of The Jungle Book, Swingers, Chef and other movies  

In the latest episode of Soundtracking, writer, actor, director and all-round good guy Jon Favreau joins Edith to discuss how he uses music in his films. From the big-band beats of Swingers to the Latin and R&B infused rhythms of Chef, Jon has always displayed a knack for using sound to perfectly compliment his visuals. This is no bad thing in the context of his remake of The Jungle Book, what with its formidable musical legacy. As well as George Bruns' majestic score, it also features a series of unforgettable showstoppers by longtime Disney collaborators the Sherman brothers. Good job he had Bill Murray and Christopher Walken to help out! Expect tracks from artists as divers as AC/DC, Buddy Holly, The Chips, Roberto Roena and Louis Prima.

Hear director Jon Favreau discuss reworking I Wanna Be  Like You for Christopher Walken  

Ahead of our next episode of Soundtracking, Jon talks about updating the much-loved song for his remake of the film with one of the men who wrote it - legendary Disney composer Richard Sherman. We've also given you a little taste of Bill Murray singing The Bare Necessities at the beginning too! To hear the show in full (out on Friday) - and also our previous episodes with Ben Wheatley, Todd Solondz, David Ayer and Todd Phillips - head to and subscribe to the podcast. Follow us on twitter @SoundtrackingUK and on facebook at Soundtracking With Edith Bowman.

Episode 4: Todd Phillips on the music in War Dogs, The Hangover and other films  

On the release of his latest film War Dogs, writer and director Todd Phillips discusses the use of music in his movies, which reflects his love of everything from Black Flag to Billy Joel, Pink Floyd to Gram Parsons.

A little taste of director Todd Phillips (Hangover trilogy, Road Trip, War Dogs)  

Ahead of this Friday's new episode of Soundtracking, hear Todd discuss with Edith the financial cost of using music in movies. *Contains Fruity Language*

Episode 3: Todd Solondz talks Wiener Dog and other movies  

Todd Solondz won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for his debut feature Welcome To The Dollhouse. He followed it up with Happiness, which explored themes including rape, paedophilia, murder and suicide. Upon the release of his latest venture, the dark comedy Wiener Dog, Todd talks to Edith about musical collaborations with Nina Persson and Devendra Banhart, plus his love of Mary Poppins, The Carnival of the Animals and Barry Manilow. To hear all the music from the show in full, check out our spotify playlist - and please subscribe to the show on itunes. You can find out what else Edith is up to at and follow her on twitter @edibow Next week, Todd Phillips - the man behind the Hangover trilogy, whose new film War Dogs is based on the extraordinary true story of two highly unlikely arms dealers.

A Tease From Todd Solondz  

Ahead of Edith's next episode of Soundtracking, hear the director discuss working with the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman on Happiness, accompanied by music from the film.

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