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October 26, 2017

Nitin Sawhney interview: On Andy Serkis, Jungle Book and Brexit

Composer Nitin Sawhney and actor/director Andy Serkis have known each other for 13 years. Serkis was already a fan of Sawhney’s work, recommending him for for his first Ninja Theory game soundtrack Heavenly Sword. 

Sawhney is now behind the scores for two of Serkis’ own films: Breathe, starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, and Serkis’ adaptation of The Jungle Book. 

His soundtrack for Breathe is superb, evoking the optimism, hope and determination of its characters whilst also marking their darkest moments. 

On the track “Getting Ill”, which is heard as Robin Cavendish (Garfield) falls gravely ill and is diagnosed with polio, Sawhney conveys [...]

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October 19, 2017

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman, book review: Enjoyable return to a captivating universe

It’s been twenty-two years since we first met the plucky heroine of Philip Pullman’s masterful His Dark Materials trilogy, Lyra Belacqua and her daemon Pantalaimon. Beloved by readers the world over, the prospect of further chapters in Lyra’s story inflicted agonies of excited suspense since it was first announced that Pullman was writing a new trilogy, The Book of Dust, the first volume of which, La Belle Sauvage, is finally published. 

Set in the world that’s come to be known as Lyra’s (for those who haven’t read His Dark Materials, it jumps between realms), one that’s similar enough to our own to be recognisable, albeit with some not insignificant twists (most notably less [...]

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