Matt Johnson of The The teamed up with his brother Gerard for a new film titled Hyena. The crime thriller was written and directed by Gerard Johnson, who directed the critically acclaimed Tony in 2009; the score was created by Matt Johnson, who is best known for his work in The The, but of late has been composing scores and soundtracks (not to mention creating the music app Yello). Hyena opens March 6th and the official trailer featuring Johnson's music is available to view below:
Ahead of the film's opening, Johnson revealed some of his philosophy on the relationship between film and music with Filmic 2015:
"What makes a soundtrack great? Well, it’s not just the melodies, rhythms and production quality of the music itself, of course, but fundamentally the way in which it interacts with the cinematography, the dialogue and the performances of the actors. A great soundtrack can create an additional dimension to the experience of watching a film by communicating between the lines of dialogue and the frames of celluloid.
Music possesses a unique power to cut deep into the soul of human beings and consequently imbue a film with an emotional intensity it would otherwise be impossible for it to possess. But, on the other hand, what is the most wonderful soundtrack without a great film to accompany it? The soundtracks I love the most also happen to form part of the films I love the most too."
In celebration of Hyena's release Matt and Gerard selected five films which will be screened on Sundays at a Bristol, U.K. theater. The pair chose Forbidden Planet, Vertigo, Paris Texas, Aguirre Wrath of God, and Midnight Cowboy. For more info on Filmic 2015, visit the official site here.
In more Matt Johnson related news, it turns out that a new The The album is in the works. In an interview with the magazine Uncut Johnson explained that he's currently working on a proper The The album:
"...the important thing is getting yourself in the frame of mind for it...Having been away so long I have almost forgotten who I used to be. I almost forgot I was a songwriter in the first place, which is a horrible thing to say. But if all goes to plan the album will have freshness to it. It'll be a new start for my career."
The full interview with Johnson is in the latest edition of Uncut which is available to purchase here.
Published February 26th, 2015 @ 11:46 AM