If you've been to see a festival film in Cineworld Dublin or The Lighthouse Cinema over the course of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festova; and wondered what that eerily beautiful music was that's playing while you wait for your film to start, then wonder no longer…
On Tuesday 19th, people showed up dressed to the nines at the National Concert Hall for composer Dario Marianelli to present a selection of his works. If the name isn't familiar, don't worry; while Marianelli doesn't exactly have the same level of fame of, say, Jerry Goldsmith or Hans Zimmer, you've still undoubtedly heard his work before. He's won the Oscar for his work on Atonement, and has been nominated for Pride & Prejudice, and will be seen at this year's Academy Awards show for his Anna Karenina.
Once everyone had taken their seats, we are introduced to Marianelli, who proceeds to tell us about his work on Irish feature I Went Down and his relationship with Irish director Paddy Breathnach, who he also worked with on Irish horror film Shrooms. The RTE National Orchestra then proceeded to play one of the pieces from I Went Down, accompanied by an actor reading lines from the movie.
Next up, Marianelli talks about his relationship with director Joe Wright, for whom he has contributed scores to almost every one of his movies. The orchestra then played a sumptuous piano-led piece from Pride & Prejudice, and the remained of the night continued in that fashion, with Marianelli coming out between pieces with regale us with an anecdote, and the orchestra then taking over with stirring sets from the likes of Atonement and The Brothers Grimm. Special mention must go to the Atonement performance, with one of the performers in the orchestra "playing" the typewriter, perfectly integrating its sound into the overall composition, much like it did in the movie.
The night finished off with a reception in the National Concert Hall, where the audience unanimously agreed that the night was a great compliment to the overall scope of the JDIFF. Best of luck to Marianelli at the Oscars on Feb 24th!
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