Red carpet views: Weeden film premieres and LPO debut

30 September 2019

The Long Walk

Composer and conductor Anthony Weeden began his season on the red carpets of Venice International Film Festival, celebrating the premieres of two films for which he composed the scores.

Director Mattie Do’s third feature film, The Long Walk (Bor Mi Vanh Chark), is a ghost story set in Laos. “this good-looking feature” premiered in the Giornate degli Autori section of the Venice Film Festival before taking a bow in Toronto International Film Festival’s Contemporary World Cinema strand; Hollywood Reporter suggests this “could become an Oscar contender”. The Long Walk has now premiered at international film festivals in Austin, Namur, Busan, Sitges, Manila and goes on to premiere in the prestigious Warsaw Film Festival and Tokyo International Film Festival in October.

Leap of FaithOver the summer Anthony arranged a new orchestral suite of Jóhann Jóhannsson’s music from Arrival (originally orchestrated and conducted by Anthony), which was premiered by the London Contemorary Orchestra at the BBC Proms. Anthony also collaborated with acclaimed filmmaker Alexandre O’Philippe in Leap of Faith, in which Alexandre turns his attention to a second landmark of genre cinema – The Exorcist. This intimate film portrait (William Friedkin on The Exorcist), also premiered in the Venice International Film Festival in September. It premieres in London at the BFI London Film Festival on 2 and 5 October.

Fanny LyeMeanwhile, also premiering at the BFI London Film Festival on 10 October is Fanny Lye Deliver’d. Director/composer Thomas Clay’s part period thriller, part mythic ‘western’, conjures a savage and elemental world of beauty and horror featuring Maxine Peake, Charles Dance and Freddie Fox. Anthony orchestrated and conducted the score in this his first collaboration with Thomas Clay.

Returning to the podium after his May debut with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Anthony looks forward to his November debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Film music was never just about Hollywood – and from Lawrence of Arabia to James Bond, Brief Encounter to Four Weddings and a Funeral, British cinema has created its own legends. As part of the LPO’s Isle of Noises season, Anthony introduces a century of great British film scores in A Celebration of British Cinema featuring soloist Piers Lane. The series opens at the Royal Festival Hall on 1 November going on to Brighton and Eastbourne – don’t miss them.

Upcoming projects include significant new collaborations on the music of Jóhann Jóhannsson, new film collaborations, and Anthony looks forward to conducting his debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic OrchestraAmerican Songbook, featuring superb swing singer Gary Williams.

For more information and to watch Anthony in action, please visit his page here and explore his website: you can also follow him on Twitter. If you’d like to book Anthony please call Libby Percival.

Mattie Do, Anthony Weeden and 'The Long Walk' team in Venice