A very creative 2017...

As the year draws to a close and I've had the work's Christmas drinks (me + wife and dog at the local pub followed by chips and curry sauce on the stagger home), I've been looking back on some of the fantastic projects I've been involved with in 2017. I've also put together a playlist, that I hope is a treat for you, of this year's new compositions at the end of this blog.

Some brilliant new creative partnerships were spawned this year: writing music for two short films directed by Christiana Ebohon-Green, Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote and Support; the web series Different For Girls for director Campbell X; the short film Epilogue for director Layke Anderson and two specially commissioned pieces by furniture designers , The Apartment for their installation at Milan Design Week and Recollections for London Design Festival.

It's also been a joy continuing to work with my existing drama collaborators on numerous projects including promo work for BBC Holby City, pilots for PGMTV and the viral short film Headspace for director Jake Graf.

A key new relationship for me in 2017 was signing to independent music publisher Music Sales. Louisa Rainbird, Lucy Bright, Susan Tilly and the rest of the team have been really supportive and I'm looking forward to our future together.

One of the other highlights of the year has to be attending Sheffield Doc Fest. It's an insane five days of early starts, cool parties, interesting workshops, more parties, meals on the hop, lots of films, yet more partying and hardly any sleep! Aside from being really inspiring and energising, it was great to hang out with my fellow Women In Film and TV Mentees of 2016, Producers Cathy Heffernan, Rachel Heywood, and Editor Zeb Achonu, lots of wonderful new inspiring people and of course the aforementioned fabulous Louisa Rainbird

2018 is already looking rather good; I'll be kicking off with new episodes of Different for Girls and going on to first time collaborations on three short films with directors Jeanette Buck, Calan Smith and Sophie Gueydon. I'll also finally be able to unveil a project I've been working on for quite some time now that includes tracks featuring the fabulous diva herself, Katherine Ellis.

All very exciting!

Heartfelt thanks to everyone I've worked with and all those wonderful people who keep turning on their TVs and going to the cinema. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Justine x

Great review for Epilogue.

Such a lovely buzz to read this very favourable review of Epilogue, a short film that I scored earlier this year for writer/ director Layke Anderson. It was my first time working with Layke and I must say the project was a joy to be involved in. We seemed to find common ground instantly and just creatively clicked, which was brilliant. It's a dark subject, told with the greatest subtlety that is so captivating.

You can read the full review here - so nice that the music gets a mention :-)

The score is a bed of synths and cello, it has a warped, eerie distinctly uncomfortable feel and has very minimal melody - it's all about the texture, that's something that I really love to put detail into.

You can listen to the full score on my LISTEN page, under the heading FILM.

Here's the trailer to the movie...

 

 

 

London Short Film Festival 2018

I'm really happy to announce that 2 short films I have scored are screening at London Film Festival in January.

Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote, directed by Christiana Ebohon-Green and starring Lenny Henry screens on Monday 15th January at 6.30pm at Curzon Soho in the Lost In Translation selection.

Fatima Koroma and Wunmi Mosako in Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote.

Fatima Koroma and Wunmi Mosako in Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote.

When 13 year old Ivie starts speaking in Shakespearean verse her mother takes her to church to be ‘cured’. But when Ivie calls the Pastor 'a vile toad' her mother seeks professional help. A therapist with an equally encyclopedic knowledge of the bard engages Ivie in a Shakespeare face-off on the stage of the National Theatre and the reasons for Ivie’s obsession are uncovered.


Dusk, written and directed by Jake Graf also screens at Curzon Soho on Sunday 21st January, 1.30pm in the 'Highly In/Visible' selection.

Elliot Sailors and Victoria Emslie in Dusk

Elliot Sailors and Victoria Emslie in Dusk

Growing up in 1950s England in an intolerant and uninformed world, young Chris Winters struggles to fit into the gender roles dictated by wider society. A more than tough childhood left behind, Chris meets dream woman Julie, and life lightens a little, but the growing feeling that theirs is a life half lived haunts Chris. Endlessly imagining what might have been, Chris is finally struck by the realisation that for some decisions there is no right answer, and that it's those that truly define us.

 

Some Sweet Oblivious Antidote screens at Encounters and Aesthetica.

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Some Sweet...

 hits the festivals!

This beautiful short film directed by Christiana Ebohon-Green and starring Lenny Henry has got off to a great start on the festival circuit, screening last week at Encounters Short Film Festival and soon to be seen as part of the Creative England Showcase at Aesthetica Short Film Festival. Look out for it at a cinema near you soon!

In the mean time, here's a couple of music cues I wrote for the film...

Music for Sé at London Design Festival 2017

Delighted to announce that once again I've been commissioned by luxury furniture designers, .

During this year’s annual London Design Festival, European furniture brand Sé, known for its elegant and characterful collections by leading international designers, presents ‘Sé Savoir Faire’, a celebration of French craftsmanship, art and design.

I was asked to write a bespoke piece to be played as design collectors and enthusiasts visit 's flagship showroom, located in the heart of London’s Brompton Design District on the Fulham Road. The track is gently uplifting but also evoking feelings of nostalgia. Take a listen...

The track is part of 2 new piano works I've called Recollections. You can hear the first in the series here.

Both tracks are available for sync licensing through my publisher Music Sales Creative.

Dusk - UK premiere at East End Film Festival

Dusk, the latest short I've scored for writer/ director Jake Graf has it's UK premiere at the super cool East End Film Festival on June 17th.

Growing up in 1950s England in an intolerant and uninformed world, young Chris Winters struggles to fit into the gender roles dictated by wider society. A more than tough childhood left behind, Chris meets dream woman Julie and life lightens a little, but the growing feeling that theirs is a life half lived haunts Chris. Endlessly imagining what might have been, Chris is finally struck by the realisation that for some decisions there is no right answer, and that it's those that truly define us.

Dusk kicks off the shorts selection 'New Queer Visions: Two's Company'. For tickets and further details, see the link below.

http://www.eastendfilmfestival.com/programme-archive/new-queer-visions-twos-company/

Music for Milan Design Week

So happy to let you know this week my music is being played at Milan Design Week! I was commissioned by luxury furniture designers, to write a piece of music for their exhibition space.

From 4th-9th April, European design brand Sé transforms its dedicated space into an apartment to spark conversation; a showcase of pieces from three collections in four different rooms – a Lounge, Dining Room, Dressing Room and Salon.

The music is a conceptual piece which creates an ambient, nostalgic mood with subtle sounds of apartment life, doors opening, birds singing by the window, a glass of wine being poured.

Take a listen to the track and please do check out their wonderful collection.

The Lounge.

The Lounge.

World Premiere of Different For Girls at BFI Flare

This Friday 17th March, BFI Flare Film Festival will present the world premiere of Different For Girls, the brand new drama from award-winning British director Campbell X.

The 12 part web series based on Jacquie Lawrence’s indie hit novel of the same name screens at 8.45pm in NFT1 and will be available online from 6pm the following day. This is the first time Flare have ever screened a web series and it's hugely exciting that they've made it the centrepiece for the Festival. The series is set in West London and features cast including Rachel Shelley (The L Word) Guinevere Turner (American Psycho, Go Fish) and my regular collaborator Jake Graf.

It was an absolute joy to write the score for this series and I also provided 6 original songs featured in the soundtrack too. I look forward to sharing clips of the music with you soon but in the meantime, watch the trailer here...

https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Flare/Online/differentforgirls

 

Headspace goes viral!

Absolutely thrilled by the reaction to Headspace, the powerful new short from Jake Graf. The film was released by Huff Post UK last week, as part of LGBT+ History Month and has already had over 2 million views. Headspace looks at some of the daily struggles encountered by trans people and features an all trans cast.

This is the fourth film I've scored for Jake and it's always a real pleasure to work on his projects. I think we have common interests in wanting to tell the stories we hear about less often in popular culture and always seeking to champion acceptance, understanding and equality for all.

You can read the full article and watch the film on Huff Post UK here and listen to the music track below,