"Quest" to build Soundtrack Festival

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The relationship between music and the moving image is celebrated this weekend at the Soundtrack International Film and Music Festival.

In recent years Soundtrack has attracted top names from the music and film worlds such as former Velvet Underground founding member John Cale, Guillemots, Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys, film directors Danny Boyle and Julien Temple and actor Jonathan Pryce.

This year's programme, which runs from 14-18 November in venues across Cardiff and Newport, boasts appearances from British Hollywood screen composers David Arnold and David Julyan.

David Arnold and David Julyan

Arnold, a veteran of five Bond movies, co-wrote the Grammy-nominated Casino Royale theme You Know My Name with Chris Cornell and was musical director of both of this year's London 2012 closing ceremonies.

Julyan worked with film director Christopher Nolan on his movies Memento, Insomnia and The Prestige and has just scored US horror movie The Cabin In The Woods.

Soundtrack returns for its fourth year with its organisers saying they are "on a quest to build something special in south Wales".

It hasn't all been plain sailing for the festival, which launched in 2008 but took a gap year in 2010 due to funding issues.

"When Soundtrack launched we started with a bang," says festival manager Marcus Lawry.

"With Danny Boyle, (Oscar-winning composer) Gabriel Yared and (Ocean's Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen composer) David Holmes all attending, a lot of people started paying attention pretty quickly.

"The quality of our guests in year one really gave us the motivation to strive to attract similarly respected talent each year, and to ultimately punch above our weight.

"But these things are not built overnight. Soundtrack is still a very young festival.

"The fact that we are still alive, having launched during a recession, shows that there is both an appetite for the event itself, and for it to succeed.

"Credit for that goes as much to our funders, the Film Agency for Wales, as to our programming team."

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As well as David Arnold in conversation, and a BAFTA craft masterclass in composition with David Julyan, other festival highlights include Parisian filmmaker Vincent Moon, who has collaborated with bands REM, Arcade Fire and Fleet Foxes, discussing his latest project Petites Planetes.

As part of the British Board of Film Classification Centenary celebrations there will be screenings of Samuel Fuller's 1963 film Shock Corridor, and The Miner's Hymns, a homage to the mining industry in England's north-east with a live performance by the Tylorstown Colliery Band.

The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama will collaborate with percussionist Joby Burgess, best known for appearances with musicians Stewart Copeland and Peter Gabriel, and Welsh director Kieran Evans' debut feature Kelly + Victor, adapted from the Niall Griffiths novel, will also be shown.

There are live performances by psychedelic band Gong and English singer-songwriter Lucy Rose and the festival closes with a screening of 1977 Italian cult horror classic Suspiria with a live soundtrack performed by Fake Blood (aka Theo Keating).

Full programme details can be found at www.soundtrackfilmfestival.com.

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