“a delightful sound scape of music by Andy Oliver”
” and a soundtrack that helps blend the performances with the script” Manchester Salon
When my wife auditioned for a play just over two years ago, I was keen to see what she was going for, we read and read the scenes as she prepared for the casting and I attempted lots of bad welsh accents playing the parts of the various parts she was reading in with. She got the part and the play was a huge success. Her role was Denise and the play was written by a young Manchester based writer called Lloyd Eyre Morgan. The play was that well received that it got picked up to re tour, and then Lloyd was approached to turn the story into a feature film, the challenge that would terrify most people became the next phase of the Dream On Process.
It is here that Lloyd shows his character and determination as well as his talent too. He managed to have the whole thing in the can by the following summer. A process that would see him self fund and film a project, lose cameramen, find new cameramen, Battle with locations and more importantly, rework a script from a raw stage play about sexuality, love and relationships to brilliant, sharp, witty and tragic piece that was born from the same story first performed in a nightclub in front of a small audience.
I came on board as composer on the project early on, I had never attempted a score of this magnitude, mainly composing the odd song for theatre and pitching for advertising. This was a challenge I really wanted to get right, as it is far removed from my own music and also demanded more of my keyboard playing and composing, which I haven’t done for a long while.
When you try to recreate a decade that had such definition in music, its really difficult to get it right, sounds have evolved, equipment is slicker, also, at the risk of being chastised, I was never really a fan of 80’s pop, preferring emerging American Artists in grunge and alternative rock at the time. I think it helped that I was already close to the project, with Janet being such a pivotal role. It meant I understood the journey, each time I would read it, I would see a clear defined path musically and I became hooked on writing Themes for characters rather than tracks that just sounded 80’s ish. I found my pace and I started to adapt each song and theme to suit where it was in the story an accentuation to the plot rather than an chance to plug a different song. Although on naming the tracks afterwards for sale purposes, only Georges theme and Angaharad’s theme remained by name.
I have had immense fun working on this project and have witnessed first hand the fact that Talent, determination and strong story telling can break the mould of years applying for funding, rejection and the recipe that is normally attributed to the British film industry.
I have seen one a director and cast tell a story that was an honour to be involved in. My wife Janet Bamford was of course the finest performer in it. But they all did remarkably well and if you want to find out more on where to buy it or read some reviews and help support LEM Films then just click the following link HERE
And you can buy the soundtrack on iTunes of course!