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Original Film Soundtrack


Composer: Alex Somers
Label: Silva Screen Records
RRP: £13.99
SILED1629 (download)
Release Date: 11 December 2020

Silva Screen Records brings us Alex Somers's original score for the documentary film Audrey. The movie is an intimate look at Audrey Hepburn’s life. With access to never-before-seen footage from her family’s personal collection, the film provides a deeply insightful exploration of Audrey, her life, her dreams and her legacy...

Given that this documentary revolves around the life of Audrey Hepburn I was expecting a score that would celebrate the actresses's life in a way befitting such an icon of the big screen. Sadly, what we get is a bland and rather cold collection of music cues which evoke nothing in the way of an emotional response. It might as well have been the soundtrack to a documentary on the history of carrier bags.

But to be honest, the film sounds a bit of a train wreck. According to the director Helena Coan: "The film provides intimate interviews with those who knew her best, woven around rare archival footage. However, we have taken it one step further and worked with multi-award-winning British choreographer, Wayne McGregor CBE, to create dance sequences inspired by Audrey’s love of ballet, building a beguiling and emotionally affecting portrait of Audrey. Dance magnifies Audrey’s emotional landscape and brings a heightened sense of drama and theatre to the film, as well as a rich visual language which has not yet been used in documentary."

Really? God knows what we'd have ended up with if Audrey had instead had a love of manhole covers, or carrier bags...

I honestly found little in the way of an emotional attachment to the music. It just feels out of place... but then the film sounds like a project designed to push the director's own agenda rather than something befitting the memory of an iconic star.


Darren Rea

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