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SOME MOTHER'S SON UD53083

CDOne of the most anticipated and controversial offerings at 1997's Cannes Film Festival, "Some Mother's Son" stars Helen Mirren ("The Madness Of King George," BBC's "Prime Suspect," "The Cook The Thief"). The film was written and produced by Terry George and Jim Sheridan, who is best known for the exceptional "In The Name Of The Father" and "My Left Foot" films.

From soaring highs to tragic lows, Whelan's emotive score - his first fully self-composed soundtrack - dramatically compliments the moving story of the 1981 IRA hunger-strikers and their families. "The main characters in 'Some Mother's Son' are fictional, but the events are historically accurate," says director Terry George. "During the hunger strike, 21 Irish mothers were faced with the dilemma portrayed in the film. This for me was and is the drama and tragedy of Shakespearean proportions."

The film is told from the perspective of two hunger striker's mothers, Kathleen Quigley (Mirren) and Annie Higgins (Fionnula Flanagan), ordinary Irish women from different backgrounds, who are forced to the center of an epic struggle. The film is a universal drama that is played out every day in Belfast or Beirut, Soweto or South Central, LA.

TRACK LIST Listen Click track names to listen to 30 sec MP3

1. Some Mother's Son (opening titles)
2. Bridge Attack
3. The Seabird
4. Watching Annie's House
5. Escape and Capture
6. At the Police Station
7. Meeting Bobby Sands
8. No Slop Out
9. The Kiss
10. Alice's Theme
11. Prison Mass
12. Bobby Calls the Strike
13. Kathleen Joins Up
14. Róisín Dubh
15. The Strikers Stand Firm
16. The Seabird (instrumental)
17. Kathleen's Decision
18. I Had To Do It
19. The Seabord (reprise)
20. Some Mother's Son (Óganaigh Óig)

WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

"Whelan's billowing musical score, including the indigenous strains of the Irish countryside, is the film's technical highlight." The Hollywood Reporter

"...is as gripping and powerfully emotional as good film music should be, but without sacrificing a very Irish sense of wistfulness... beautiful, haunting music." Premiere Magazine

"Mirren's compelling performance holds the audience through all the complexities of the piece as it builds towards a gripping climax." Screen International

"At once haunting and beautiful, this release highlights many flavours of Celtic music, in the process offering one the chance to frame a powerful reference point in Ireland's history through musical shades." Seconds Magazine

 

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