Twenty Minutes - Conversations with Directors and Film Composers - 1. James Horner
In a series of programmes exploring the relationship between film composers and directors, Academy Award-nominated composer James Horner talks to Tom Service.
As part of the BBC's Sound of Cinema season, the first of a series of interval features exploring the relationship between film composers and directors. Tom Service talks to ten time Academy Award nominee James Horner. Horner was born in Los Angeles but spent his early years in London and studied at the Royal College of Music before returning to California to pursue a doctorate in composition. Having initially intended composing concert music he fell into the film industry more or less by accident. His award winning collaboration with James Cameron has spanned three decades, from Aliens in 1986 to the biggest selling soundtrack of all time Titanic, and most recently 2009's Avatar, and he has also regularly worked with Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13), and Mel Gibson (Braveheart, Apocalypto). James reflects on the unique nature of these relationships as he reflects on his career, and Mel Gibson and James Cameron share their thoughts on what his music has brought to their films. #BBCSoundofCinema.