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Music.Film Recordings and Varèse Sarabande: "WHAT THEY HAD" Music by Danny Mulhern

Music.Film Recordings and Varèse Sarabande Records will digitally release What They Had – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on October 19th, which features an original score written by composer Danny Mulhern (Silent Witness, Princess Margaret: The Rebel Royal). The BLEECKER STREET film has received critical praise since it first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The New York Observer raves that What They Had is “compassionate and utterly engaging. A stellar ensemble.” Most recently, the film was an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival. What They Had will be released theatrically in the U.S. on October 19th.

“The score for What They Had needed to convey the warmth and intimacy of the family dynamic, alongside the tensions going on within their relationships. The music has an intimate, homespun atmosphere, and as the film moves through its narrative, the score opens out more and more. Working on this project allowed me yet another opportunity to collaborate with the incredible London Contemporary Orchestra,” says Danny.

Danny is grateful to have collaborated with the film’s writer and director Elizabeth Chomko, who wrote the story from personal experience. “Elizabeth has a clarity and calmness that instills confidence. She is a kindred spirit. Throughout the process, she encouraged me to write the kind of music I write for myself, supporting and encouraging my expression as an artist, and making me feel absolutely valued. I believe this was essential – in order for the music to stay connected to the complex emotions going on in the narrative. Ultimately, it also made the process extremely rewarding.”

About Danny Mulhern: Danny Mulhern is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer from London. He writes music for film and mostly works with small ensembles, mixing live instruments, synthesis and beats, combining contemporary classical with ambient/electronic.

Much of his recent work has been with members of the London Contemporary Orchestra on film scores and records, most recently the film, What They Had. A heart-wrenching family drama starring Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner and Robert Forster. Other Film and TV scores include long-running forensic crime drama Silent Witness (BBC Drama), BBC wildlife documentary strand The Natural World, major arts and science documentaries for the BBC including How Art Made The World and Alternative Medicine, plus entertainment shows with Derren Brown, Matt Lucas and Simon Pegg.

Other recent work includes an expose on Alt-Right organizations funded by #HopeNotHate, and a two-hour BBC biography of Princess Margaret. []
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