New film "Norfolk" with score by JG Thirlwell

image003-604x237JG Thirlwell‘s music provides the score for the film Norfolk, directed  by BAFTA nominee Martin Radich. The soundtrack also features audio contributions from the acclaimed field recordist Chris Watson, and the sound design is provided by John Sampson (of the band Swimming). The film tells the story of an assassin and his young son who are hiding out in an apparent rural idyll when the man’s unspeakable past starts to catch up with him.  The film stars Denis Ménochet (Inglourious Basterds, Robin Hood), Barry Keoghan (’71, Stay), Eileen Davies (Sightseers, Another Year), Sean Buckley (The Fifth Element, Les Misérables) and newcomer Goda Letkauskaite.

The film will premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), where it competes in the Hivos Tiger Awards. The film will screen there on the following dates –
Friday 23 Jan at 17:45 (Press & Industry screening)
Saturday 24 Jan at 18:45
Sunday 25 Jan at 15:30
Monday 26 Jan at 18:00 (Press & Industry screening)
Tuesday 27 Jan at 17:00
Friday 30 Jan at 15:30
Saturday 31 Jan at 22:15

Norfolk is produced by Finlay Pretsell of SDI Productions and Rachel Dargavel of Crybaby and was developed, financed and produced through Creative England’s iFeatures initiative with backing from the BFI and BBC Films.

Thirlwell composing for Morning Line sculpture

The Morning Line by Matthew RitchieJG Thirlwell has been commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary to write a composition for the Morning Line, a public art structure in Vienna created by Matthew Ritchie. At eight meters high and twenty meters long and built of 20 tons of coated aluminum, the sculpture incorporates a 47 channel audio system, making it a platform for contemporary music and composition. So far 27 sound artists have contributed compositions, specially conceived for the pavilion’s architecture, which now fill the sonic landscape of Schwarzenbergplatz. JG was invited by guest curator, composer and head of Laton Records Franz Pomassl.

Thirlwell’s 38 minute piece, entitled “Euthenasia”, will premiere in Vienna on Sep 8 and 9 2012 and will take full advantage of the structure’s multi channel spatial amplification. Thirlwell will be in attendance and will perform along with the piece. The audience will experience the piece from within and outside the sculpture.The composition will be added to the existing archive of music and soundscapes selected by the previous guest curators.

There is also a version of the sculpture in Istanbul. Composers who have already composed pieces for the project include Christian Fennesz, Alexei Borisov, Bryce Dessner with Evan Ziporyn and David Sheppard, Ghostigital, Bruce Gilbert, Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Florian Hecker, Erdem Helvacıoğlu, Jónsi & Alex, Carsten Nicolai, Mehmet Can Özer, Zsolt Olejnik, Finnbogi Pétursson, Franz Pomassl, Lee Ranaldo, Terre Thaemlitz, Yasunao Tone, Chris Watson, Thom Willems, Jana Winderen, Zavoloka and Peter Zinovieff.