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VARÈSE SARABANDE RECORDS TO RELEASE: "THEIR FINEST" Featuring Original Music Composed by Rachel Portman And A Special Performance Of “Will You Go, Lassie, Go” Sung By Bill Nighy

Varèse Sarabande will release the THEIR FINEST – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on April 7th and CD April 21, 2017. The soundtrack features the original music composed by Academy Award® Winner Rachel Portman (EMMA, CHOCOLAT) along with ‘pub classics’ performed by the actors, including Bill Nighy’s lilting rendition of “Will You Go, Lassie, Go.”

“Their Finest is set in 1940s London during the Blitz.  The music is a mixture of orchestral wistful, thematic, at times up tempo underscore with themes for Catrin, the protagonist, and for the war,” Portman described.  “One of the main features of the score is the film score for the film within the film, ‘The Nancy Starling.’  I had to create a film score of the period, which ended up being very enjoyable to write.”

With London emptied of its men now fighting at the Front, Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) is hired by the British Ministry of Information as a “slop” scriptwriter charged with bringing “a woman’s touch” to morale-boosting propaganda films. Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by dashing movie producer Buckley (Sam Claflin) whose path would never have crossed hers in peacetime. As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and a colorful crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. Although Catrin’s artist husband looks down on her job, she quickly discovers there is as much camaraderie, laughter and passion behind the camera as there is onscreen.

British composer Rachel Portman became the first female composer to win an Academy Award®, which she received for the score of Emma.  She was also the first female composer to win a Primetime EMMY® Award, which she received for the film, Bessie.  She has received two further Academy Nominations for The Cider House Rules and Chocolat, which also earned her a Golden Globe Nomination. 

Jeremy [Six Strings]

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