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Dialogue - Frank Griffith talks to Sir John Dankworth
2. Initial involvement in scoring for films.
3. Working with Joseph Losey.
3. Defining the requirements of the score.
4. Potential for creative freedom.
5. Notes and References.

5. Notes and References.

  • Notes
  • 1. The other British feature films which Dankworth scored are: Return from the Ashes (1965), Sands of the Kalahari (1965), Scruggs (1965), Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966), Modesty Blaise (1966), The Idol (1966), Accident (1967), The Last Safari (1967), Fathom (1967), Boom (Songs only, 1968), Salt and Pepper (1968), The Other People (1968), The Magus (1968), The Last Grenade (1970), The Engagement (1970), Perfect Friday (1970), 10 Rillington Place (1971), Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) (2000), Gangster No. 1 (2001).   His British television work includes scores for The Voodoo Factor (ATV 1959), Survival - various episodes (Anglia 1961 onwards), The Avengers - various episodes (ATV 1961-4), Monitor – 'What the Dickens' episode (BBC 1963), Lyrics by Shakespeare (Associated-Rediffusion 1964), Tomorrow's World (1967-81), From a Bird's Eye View (ATV 1971), Ooh La La! (BBC 1973), Telford's Change (BBC 1979), Mitch (LWT 1984), No Strings (Yorkshire 1989), Money for Nothing (BBC 1993).

  • 2. Look Back in Anger (1959) had jazz in the background, but it was by Chris Barber, and the music was largely unrelated to the movie.   The protest and rebellion in the trumpet may have been a metaphor for the anger that the Richard Burton character felt, but it was not convincingly intertwined with the drama itself.   Curiously enough, Barber also features in the youth club in We Are the Lambeth Boys.

  • References
  • Collier, Graham (1976), Cleo and John, London: Quartet Books.
  • Dankworth, John (1998), Jazz in Revolution, London: Constable.
  • Harris, Selwyn (2004), Jazzwise 75, May, p.20.
  • Prendergast, Roy (1977), Film Music - A Neglected Art, New York: W.W. Norton.

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Jazzorg Note:   If you are interested in a retrospective of a grim, post-war, 1950s London, the film 'We Are The Lambeth Boys' can be viewed as a video stream at [this link] . The film is also available on the British Film Institute DVD 'Free Cinema' - that's 'free', as in 'artistic freedom' not as in 'freebie'.   The DVD also contains the film 'Momma Don't Allow' - a series of 1950s Saturday Evenings at the Wood Green Jazz Club (London), listening to the Chris Barber Band.

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