This score was created by Dickon Hinchliffe and the liner notes indicate that it was something of a jumping off point for his future film scores. This was the third score that the band created for Denis (after Nenette & Trouble). Stuart Staples was working on the latest Tindersticks album so Dickon took over all of the duties on this one.
This is a beautiful, melancholy soundtrack, full of gorgeous swelling strings and simple piano notes. It doesn’t remind one all that much of Tindersticks, but it’s not terribly far removed from their sound either.
The whole score (which is paired here with the score from L’Intrus) is 25 minutes, which made me wonder whether this is a full length film, or just a film with lots of silence (or, perhaps non-Hinchcliffe music that wasn’t included here). [The film is 90 minutes long].
Pairing it with L’Intrus makes sense in terms of space, but the two scores could not be more different from each other.
[READ: June 15, 2011] “The Cat”
This is the first story in The Walrus’ Summer Reading issue. As I mentioned, the intro states: “We asked five celebrated writers to devise five guidelines for composing a short story or poem. They all traded lists–and played by the rules.” Sarah Selecky was given rules by Kathleen Winter (which I posted below).
The first line of the story really sets up the whole thing: “I am not at all surprised that my father has come back to earth in the form of a grey and white cat.” And indeed, the rest of the story discusses her relationship with her father (those awful fishing trips when she could neither speak nor move) and how he never seemed to be pleased about her.
Now that he’s back as a cat, the dynamic has changed. Although there’s still fish in their relationship.
I really enjoyed this story, For although it was brief, it was wonderfully evocative.
Kathleen Winter imposed these rules on the story:
- The story should contain either an estuary or something that is not an estuary at all but is somehow like an estuary.
- The story should have at least one paragraph that contains something the author personally finds subversive or hilarious.
- There should be at least one image drawn from a childhood memory of the author’s, but this image does not necessarily have to be written from a child’s point of view.
- Something in the story should be wet
- Someone should peel an orange and release a scent of orange peel essential oil ever so briefly, unless it doesn’t fit the story, in which case there should be some other briefly released scent.