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Milan Records: "GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE" music by FRANK ILFMAN


Milan Records announces the July 14 release of GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) by composer FRANK ILFMAN (Big Bad Wolves, The Operative, Rory’s Way ).  Available for pre-order now, the album features music written by Ilfman for Navot Papushado’s GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE. The film is a female-driven, high-concept thriller with a rich mythology and multi-generational narrative that give it a fresh, 21st century perspective on the traditional assassin film. Making its debut alongside album pre-order today is lead single “Goonfight at Gutterball Corral”.
 
Directed and co-written by Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves), GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE debuts on Netflix in the US, Canada and Nordics Wednesday, July 14, with theatrical releases rolling out everywhere else worldwide from July 15.
 
The film is produced by The Picture Company (Andrew Rona & Alex Heineman - Unknown, Non-Stop, The Commuter, Come Play) through their overall deal with STUDIOCANAL.  STUDIOCANAL fully financed the film which has sold out worldwide. STUDIOCANAL will be releasing in their territories. A sequel is in development.
 
Of the single, composer FRANK ILFMAN says, “For the Goonfight I wanted to infuse an indie rock performance with a Spaghetti Western style blended with a soaring orchestral and chorale arrangement by orchestrator Jeff Atmajian (Joker, The Mandalorian)”.
 
The film’s director NAVOT PAPUSHADO adds, “Because this movie mixes so many different genres and so many ideas, the music was always going to be the glue. When I started talking to composer Frankie (Haim Frank Ilfman), I said I had the Western vibe of Ennio Morricone, the Italian chic of Stelvio Cipriani, and the violent suspense of Bernard Herrmann in mind. The end result is Western mixed with Italian retro chic and the suspense of Bernard Hermann with an electronic vibe that came from Frankie. The soundtrack is retro but modern, it could be played on vinyl or Spotify."
 
Sam (KAREN GILLAN) was only 12 years old when her mother Scarlet (LENA HEADEY), an elite assassin, was forced to abandon her. Sam was raised by The Firm, the ruthless crime syndicate her mother worked for. Now, 15 years later, Sam has followed in her mother’s footsteps and grown into a fierce hit-woman. She uses her “talents” to clean up The Firm’s most dangerous messes. She’s as efficient as she is loyal. But when a high-risk job goes wrong, Sam must choose between serving The Firm and protecting the life of an innocent 8-year-old girl - Emily (CHLOE COLEMAN). With a target on her back, Sam has only one chance to survive: Reunite with her mother and her lethal associates, The Librarians (MICHELLE YEOH, ANGELA BASSETT and CARLA GUGINO). These three generations of women must now learn to trust each other, stand up to The Firm and their army of henchmen, and raise hell against those who could take everything from them. 
 
Since the age of eight, Frank had his heart set on a career in film music.  He studied piano and trombone at the renowned Jaffa Conservatorium of Music in Tel Aviv and, as a teenager, was playing lead trombone with the Tel Aviv Dixieland Band.  However, the tenacious young composer became frustrated with the structured methods of the Conservatorium and wanted to be more imaginative in how he created music, so he set out to achieve his ambition to be a film composer.
 
Fast forward to today, Frank has scored numerous TV dramas, documentaries and feature films including the hit black comedy horror, Big Bad Wolves, which saw him win the coveted Saturn Award for Best Original Music in 2014 ahead of John Williams, Howard Shore and Danny Elfman.

His innate ability to forensically diagnose how music can best contribute to the atmosphere of a film, coupled with his ability to create strong orchestral themes undercut with a brooding melancholy, has proved the perfect musical companion to projects in the horror and thriller genres. Frank scored the critically acclaimed Lionsgate horror Ghost Stories directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, starring Martin Freeman and Paul Whitehouse.  Other recent credits include the original music for the Legendary Pictures Fanfare logo, The Operative starring Diane Kruger and Martin Freeman and the award winning drama Rory's Way starring Brian Cox and Rosanna Arquette. 
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

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