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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 25, 2017

Andy Serkis interview: How a colleague’s family history led to his directorial debut

Andy Serkis is famed as the guy to go to when you need an actor to play a creature using performance capture technology. He wowed audiences around the world when he played Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and again when mimicking simians in King Kong, as well as in the role of Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and most recently Caesar in War for the Planet of the Apes.

So it’s a bit of a turn up that the 53-year-old’s directorial debut, Breathe, starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, is a character driven film about a man paralysed by polio. 

“Yes, I think people have been surprised that this is my directorial debut, and there has been a lot [...]

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