MovieScore Media: The Last Belle [2014] - Stuart Hancock


MovieScore Media finds love (and great film scores) in the most unusual places - this time we release a digital EP by award-winning composer Stuart Hancock who once again proves that small films do not necessarily have small scores - in fact, a symphonic orchestral score can do wonders to fill the 2-D animated characters with life! Performed by the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra, The Last Belle is a rich, colourful and versatile score which gives you an emotional rollercoaster in just 14 minutes. The music follows the two parallel storylines, alternating between a hopeless romantic ("I’ve Got Myself a Date!", "Giddy Rosie", "Finding Love in London") and a carnivalesque rush which sounds like the most insane moments of Danny Elfman’s career ("Going Down the Tubes", "Rushing to Ripov’s" ). The score recently won the Gold Medal at the prestigious Park City Film Music Festival, Utah. 

Composer Stuart Hancock is a returning guest to MovieScore Media. His previous credits with the label include Chee Keong Cheung’s action films Underground (2007) and Bodyguard: A New Beginning (2008), the football documentary One Night in Turin (2010) which memorably featured “Nessun Dorma” for its key moments and Hawk (2011), a film that spans an epic, choral score despite its 40-minute length. The composer’s most recent release with the label is The Desert Treasure (2013), a documentary on the natural treasures of Qatar. Stuart Hancock’s music can be heard every week on Season 2 of the hit BBC series Atlantis (starting on November 15, 2014). 


The Last Belle is the writing/directing debut of animator Neil Boyle (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Space Jam). The film is a 20 minute animation extravaganza about two people going on a blind date. Rosie (Sienna Guillory) is there at the bar on time, impatiently waiting for her admirer. Wally in the meantime is recovering from a hangover and is on his way - but it seems the whole universe is conspiring against him. Will Rosie find true love? Will Wally be get there on time? You can find out in The Last Belle which can be viewed here!

It's a real treat as composer Stuart Hancock takes us on this beautiful trip... though short, it worth it. I found myself listening to it over and over... It never fails to amaze me where you have talent like Stuart Hancock, you find music.
Jeremy [Howlin' Wolf]

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