15th WSAwards with Alan Silvestri, Patrick Doyle & Daniel Pemberton
With his percussion driven scores and arrangements one can only compare with roller coasters, Alan Silvestri has emerged as one of the major Hollywood composers that broke through in the eighties. Although Silvestri has succeeded in writing successful scores for films that were able to exist on their own, his name remains associated with some of the most popular films of the last decades: 'Back to the Future', 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' and 'Forrest Gump'. Three titles that are not coincidental all by Robert Zemeckis. A rather unique collaboration in film history, which will certainly be the focus of the concert.
Other directors who were eager to work with Silvestri received scores from different registers of the film music repertoire. From James Cameron's epic underwater film 'The Abyss' to Sam Raimi's 'The Quick and the Dead'. Add the superhero blockbuster 'The Avengers', the horror adventure 'The Mummy Returns' and the comedy 'Father of the Bride' and 'The Parent Trap' and you will notice that there isn’t a genre that Alan Silvestri has left untouched. Though he confesses he has a weakness for pure action scores. "I have a great time on the hard-hitting action material". Looks like it will be an action packed WSAwards concert this year.
The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Patrick Doyle following the festival’s focus on British Cinema. Anyone who can still recount hearing Doyle’s score for Kenneth Branagh’s debut film 'Henry V' in 1989 for the first time, knows that back then a great composer was born. Ever since, Patrick Doyle has been a close collaborator with Mr. Branagh and always gave a deeper musical layer to all of his films including the Shakespeare adaptations ('Henry V', 'Hamlet', 'Much Ado About Nothing', 'As You Like It' and 'Love’s Labour’s Lost'). The immensely versatile Doyle enriched the films by Robert Altman, Ang Lee, Chen Kaige, Alfonso Cuarón and Brian DePalma with his alternating tragic, noble, triumphant and romantic compositions. With his work on blockbusters such as 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' and 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' and more recenly 'Cinderella' he certainly proved his talent working on spectacular Hollywood films.
Film Fest Gent also welcomes Daniel Pemberton, winner of the Discovery Award 2014, as one of its guest. The British composer was awarded for his scores: 'The Counselor' by Ridley Scott and Cuban 'Fury' by James Griffiths. Pemberton was only sixteen when he began composing in 1994 and now has 103 credits to his name, largely owed to the numerous TV series ('Desperate Romantics', 'Occupation'), mini series ('Upstairs Downstairs', 'The Games'), TV docs, television movies and games for which he provided the music. It has only been in these last couple of years that he focuses on feature films, such as 'The Man from UNCLE' by Guy Ritchie as one of his recent major works.
15th World Soundtrack Awards & Concert
Brussels Philharmonic and The Flemish Radio Choir conducted by Dirk Brossé.
24 October 2015 - Kuipke Gent