Creative Partnership: David Lowery & Daniel Hart
Director David Lowery and composer Daniel Hart will soon be celebrating their 15th anniversary: they worked together on Lowery's feature debut St. Nick in 2009 and became inseparable since Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013). Film and music are so intrinsically intertwined in their projects that it is impossible to imagine Lowery's work without hearing Hart's soundtrack. After all, who doesn't remember the Dark Rooms song "I Get Overwhelmed" from A Ghost Story (2017).
Their most recent collaboration was perhaps their most challenging. Thanks to a recorder quartet and the nyckelharpa, an obscure Swedish string instrument, the music in The Green Knight (2021) sounds both recognisably medieval and alienatingly contemporary. After Pete's Dragon (2016), a second Disney project will soon follow in 2023: Peter Pan & Wendy.
Whether Lowery's film is an intimate exploration of the fragility of human life, an idiosyncratic and ambitious fantasy epic or a heartwarming Disney blockbuster, Hart always manages to find the perfect sound. A few strings, a banjo and some hand clapping underline all aspects of the southern noir Ain't Them Bodies Saints: Hart's folk-inspired music helps paint a picture of destructive love against the backdrop of 1970s Texas.
Lowery and Hart will tell you exactly how the pieces of the puzzle fit together in their Creative Partnership talk on Friday 21 October, during the WSA Film Music Days. Moreover, during Film Fest Gent you can (re)discover the oeuvre of David Lowery and Daniel Hart with a retrospective that includes Pete's Dragon (2016), A Ghost Story (2017), The Old Man & The Gun (2018) and The Green Knight (2021).
Daniel Hart has also been nominated for the World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Song for "Blome Swete Lilie Flour" from The Green Knight and for Film Composer of the Year. Whether he can cash in on those nominations will be announced at the World Soundtrack Awards Ceremony & Concert on Saturday 22 October.