THE MUSTANG – Jed Kurzel

The Mustang tells the story of the inmate of a Nevada prison who is placed onto a program to train captured wild horses. Despite the movie covering a subject that is open to clichéd story-telling – the movie is even described as the protagonist “must learn to tame not only the mustang but also the beast within” – director and co-writer Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre has apparently side-stepped such well-worn paths and made a movie that has been received well by critics.

The score is written by Australian-born composer Jed Kurzel, who has written an arresting score featuring a small ensemble of musicians, particularly strings. The close-miked nature of the instruments (which also includes percussion and acoustic guitar) gives the score a powerful presence and showcases the various musical ideas Kurzel has fashioned. [Read more…]