Monthly Archives: October 2014

Orchestra rules at World Soundtrack Awards

By Ray Bennett GHENT, BELGIUM – One of the great things about the World Soundtrack Awards is the Ghent Film Festival’s commitment to orchestral music and this year was no different as the annual event showcased the work of Cliff … Continue reading

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Tearful Francis Lai acclaimed at World Soundtrack Awards

By Ray Bennett GHENT, Belgium – Oscar-winning French composer Francis Lai, 82, was visibly moved by a prolonged standing ovation after he accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday night at the 14th World Soundtrack Awards. Fellow French composer Bruno … Continue reading

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Film review: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper in ‘Serena’

By Ray Bennett Among the many good things about the new Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper period drama “Serena” is that you’re never quite sure where it’s headed but the trouble is that when it’s over you’re not entirely certain … Continue reading

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World Soundtrack Awards showcase best film music

By Ray Bennett It’s a measure of the authority of the World Soundtrack Awards that while the Academy Awards last time nominated two of the best film scores from last year, the Ghent event has nominated all four plus one … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: Brad Pitt in David Ayer’s ‘Fury’

By Ray Bennett The new Brad Pitt World War II film “Fury” is an old-fashioned combat picture with tough guys familiar from many platoon yarns but it is very modern in its fast and furious editing and taste for acres … Continue reading

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Lyric Hammersmith to re-open in April with ‘Bugsy Malone’

By Ray Bennett The Lyric Hammersmith in West London has announced that it will re-open next April with a production of the stage musical version of “Bugsy Malone” after a multi-million pound redevelopment.

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Matthew Bourne’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ a dance triumph

By Ray Bennett When you are not well versed in an art form it’s a joy to feel suddenly that you get it. Matthew Bourne’s production of “Lord of the Flies”, choreographed by co-director Scott Ambler, is so vital, clear … Continue reading

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BMI London Awards honour Tim Rice

By Ray Bennett Oscar-, Tony- and Grammy-winning lyricist Tim Rice was named a BMI Icon at the BMI London Awards on Oct. 13 with Don Black, Ray Davies, and Van Morrison (pictured above) among the guests.

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Tears and laughter at ASCAP’s London Awards

By Ray Bennett Songwriter Jim Duguid, who was named songwriter of the year along with Alex Clare for Clare’s double platinum hit “Too Close”, brought down the house at the 34th Annual ASCAP Awards London gala at Grosvenor House on … Continue reading

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FILM REVIEW: David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’

By Ray Bennett Gillian Flynn’s hit crime novel “Gone Girl” is great fun but it turns out the book’s huge plot twist is such a vital part of its enjoyment that many who enjoyed it will find the film a … Continue reading

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