As previously reported, Jonny Greenwood has lent his musical genius to scoring the new film, We Need to Talk About Kevin, by Scottish director Lynne Ramsay.
This is not Greenwood’s first time writing music for the big screen. His debut soundtrack, for Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, won an Ivor Novello award. This was a minimalist work featuring tense, dissonant strings and tribal drumming. Greenwood also scored a Japanese adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood, which was released last March.
We Need to Talk About Kevin is based on a novel by Lionel Shriver. It follows the story of a mother, played by Tilda Swinton, and her troubled son, who goes on a murderous rampage at his school. Ramsay, who made the acclaimed films Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar, has assembled a cast including John C Reilly and newcomer Ezra Miller. The film is scheduled to be released in the UK on October 21 and in North America this Winter.
Ramsay has already demonstrated her good taste in film music by having Rachel Portman score Ratcatcher, and featuring songs by Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin and Broadcast in Morvern Callar. This is her first collaboration with Greenwood.
Here’s the trailer: