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The Last Belle
Original Soundtrack Recording (EP)


Composer: Stuart Hancock
Performed by: The Bratislava Symphony Orchestra,
Label: MovieScore Media
Release Date: 02 December 2014

MovieScore Media release Stuart Hancock's short score for The Last Belle. The film is the writing/directing debut of animator Neil Boyle (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Space Jam), and is a 20 minute animation extravaganza about two people going on a blind date. Rosie is there at the bar on time, impatiently waiting for her admirer. Wally in the meantime is recovering from a hangover and is on his way - but it seems the whole universe is conspiring against him. Will Rosie find true love? Will Wally be get there on time? You can find out in The Last Belle which can be viewed at the bottom of this review.

Stuart Hancock's beautiful score for The Last Belle contains 10 tracks (14 min) of incredibly intricate and beautifully emotive music.

If, like me, you grew up in the '80s/'90s then this score will churn up so many wonderful memories and emotions; it brings to mind the best of Jerry Goldsmith, Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman and John Williams but with that unique Hancock twist that his followers have already grown to love (particularly in his One Night in Turin and Hawk scores).

Probably the best example of this is 'Going Down The Tubes' which features elements of Danny Elfman's work on Edward Scissorhands and Batman Returns with a sprinkling of Alan Silvestri's Back to the Future score.

The main theme is quirky and uplifting and certainly very memorable... in fact there isn't a second wasted on the entire EP. From the first note, to the last, this is a meticulously planned master class in how to grab the listeners attention.


Darren Rea


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