Dark Horse music leads way for launch in the US

Film soundtrack released on iTunes

Film soundtrack released on iTunes

IN the lead-up to the April 1 theatrical release of The Dark Horse in the United States, the film’s makers have released the award-winning soundtrack by New Zealand-based Canadian composer Dana Lund.

Delivered via iTunes, the collection of 19 songs was written by Lund for the film about Gisborne speed chess champ and mental health advocate the late Genesis Potini, which was filmed in Gisborne and Auckland in 2013.

The soundtrack includes songs from Gen Day Dreaming and Chess Tournament to Drive Home To Gizzy and Monument Discovery, and its composition won Lund the gong for Best Score at the 2014 New Zealand Film Awards.

The score also saw her named a finalist in the 2015 APRA Music Awards (Best Original Music in a Feature Film).

With the Dark Horse team having won filmmaking and acting awards in New Zealand and around the world, hopes are high for its reception in the US market.

But while distributor Broad Green gears up for the launch in New York and Los Angeles, the film’s producer Tom Hern remains in New Zealand to work on another domestic production (though it is understood Dark Horse actors Cliff Curtis and James Rolleston will be in the US to promote the film).

The Four Knights Film company founded by Hern and Dark Horse writer/director James Napier Robertson is driving a remake of 1981 Kiwi classic Goodbye Pork Pie.

Described as a “modern reimagining” of the film by Geoff Murphy, the new version is directed by his son Matt with Hern on board as producer while Napier Robertson works on developing other screenplays. Filming is due to start early next month.

IN the lead-up to the April 1 theatrical release of The Dark Horse in the United States, the film’s makers have released the award-winning soundtrack by New Zealand-based Canadian composer Dana Lund.

Delivered via iTunes, the collection of 19 songs was written by Lund for the film about Gisborne speed chess champ and mental health advocate the late Genesis Potini, which was filmed in Gisborne and Auckland in 2013.

The soundtrack includes songs from Gen Day Dreaming and Chess Tournament to Drive Home To Gizzy and Monument Discovery, and its composition won Lund the gong for Best Score at the 2014 New Zealand Film Awards.

The score also saw her named a finalist in the 2015 APRA Music Awards (Best Original Music in a Feature Film).

With the Dark Horse team having won filmmaking and acting awards in New Zealand and around the world, hopes are high for its reception in the US market.

But while distributor Broad Green gears up for the launch in New York and Los Angeles, the film’s producer Tom Hern remains in New Zealand to work on another domestic production (though it is understood Dark Horse actors Cliff Curtis and James Rolleston will be in the US to promote the film).

The Four Knights Film company founded by Hern and Dark Horse writer/director James Napier Robertson is driving a remake of 1981 Kiwi classic Goodbye Pork Pie.

Described as a “modern reimagining” of the film by Geoff Murphy, the new version is directed by his son Matt with Hern on board as producer while Napier Robertson works on developing other screenplays. Filming is due to start early next month.

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