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LFF Connects: Clint Mansell

Clint Mansell, composer on LFF Special Presentation Out of Blue and LFF Official Competition selection Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, joins us to reflect on a remarkable journey from cult indie rocker to successful film and TV music composer.

After notching up 11 Top 40 UK hits as the frontman for Stourbridge grebo band Pop Will Eat Itself, Mansell headed to New York where a chance introduction to independent auteur Darren Aronofsky led to his film score debut, for 1998’s cult classic Pi. This director-composer union has gone from strength to strength, the pair having worked together on Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, the Grammy-nominated Black Swan and Noah. Known for his darkly alluring sonic signature, Mansell’s work has been heard on Duncan Jones’ award-winning Moon, Park Chan-wook’s Stoker, and Ben Wheatley’s dystopian drama High Rise, as well as the widely adored Black Mirror episode ‘San Junipero’ and Oscar-nominated animated feature Loving Vincent. At LFF with both Out of Blue and Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, Mansell joins us to discuss his innovative approach to making music for film, the collaborative and creative process of writing a score, and the power and importance of a film’s soundtrack.

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