Departure is the debut feature film from previous collaborator, Andrew Steggall (director). The film is a coming-of-age tale focusing on the final breakdown of communication within an already fractured family, and the awakening sexuality of a lonely teenage boy.
From Brian Fawcett’s frequently ravishing, atmospheric photography to Jools Scott’s tastefully sparse score and the immaculately faux-sloppy color washes on the interior walls of the protagonists’ country home, the film’s surfaces are lovingly tended. – Variety Magazine
Co-funded by the BFI, Departure was released at cinemas across the UK and Ireland in May 2016.
After creating two characterful scores for Steggall’s short films, Sparrow and The Door, I was invited back to collaborate with Andrew on the exciting task of scoring my first feature film. Our initial instinct for the musical palette was to return to the chamber based world that had previously worked so well in The Door. After initial recording/demoing our focus settled on a more intimate and stark piano based score, with layered up cello lines that threaded the emotional journey together.