Jonny Greenwood’s original motion picture soundtrack to Spencer, the highly-anticipated new film from director Pablo Larraín, starring Kristen Stewart as the late Princess Diana, will be released by Mercury KX. The Spencer movie premieres at the Venice Film Festival today, 3 September 2021, and will be released in US cinemas on 5 November.
Jonny Greenwood’s genre bending music for the Spencer soundtrack combines free jazz and classical baroque and follows the award-winning composer’s acclaimed film scores for Phantom Thread, There Will Be Blood and Norwegian Wood.
The Spencer movie covers three pivotal days in Diana’s life during Christmas 1991 when she decided to divorce Prince Charles. The marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles has long since grown cold. Though rumours of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. There’s eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. But this year, things will be a whole lot different. Spencer is an imagining of what might have happened during those few fateful days.
Chilean director Pablo Larraín is best known for his Academy Award-nominated films No and Jackie. British screenwriter Steven Knight is best known for the television show Peaky Blinders. The all-star cast includes Kristen Stewart as Diana, Princess of Wales, Jack Farthing, Timothy Spall, Sean Harris and Sally Hawkins.
Kristen Stewart told InStyle magazine “It’s one of the saddest stories to exist ever, and I don’t want to just play Diana – I want to know her implicitly. I haven’t been this excited about playing a part, by the way, in so long.”
Steven Knight said, “I am in awe of the job Pablo has done with my script. He is an artist, a student of humankind and a visual poet. Kristen has created something extraordinary too, turning an icon into a human being and revealing aspects of that human being which have never been explored in this way.”
2022 will mark the 25th anniversary of the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
About Jonny Greenwood
Jonny Greenwood is best known as the lead guitarist of the hugely successful and influential band Radiohead and is also an award-winning composer for both the concert hall and for film.
His notable compositions include ‘Popcorn Superhet Receiver’, ‘smear’, ‘48 Responses to Polymorphia’, ‘Water’ and ‘Horror Vacui’ for which he received his seventh Ivors Composer Award in 2020.
Outside of the concert hall Jonny has emerged as one of the most sought-after film composers working in Britain. His scores for Paul Thomas Anderson include There Will Be Blood, which won multiple awards including an Ivor Novello for ‘Best Original Film Score’ in 2009 as well as a Grammy nomination for the soundtrack album, The Master (starring Philip Seymour Hoffman), Inherent Vice and Phantom Thread (starring Daniel Day-Lewis in his final screen role). Further film credits include Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin (starring Tilda Swinton), the psychological thriller You Were Never Really Here (starring Joaquin Phoenix), as well as Tran Anh Hung’s Norwegian Wood based on Haruki Murakami ‘s novel.