V I L L A I N
Directed by Philip Barantini
Music by Aaron May & David Ridley
We composed the score for this feature debut by Philip Barantini. It's a brooding and gritty indie crime drama that tells the story of the release of Eddie Franks, a former criminal, after 20 years in prison. Exploring the emotional impact the prison time has had with his family and daughter, Eddie's story begins to unravel as he is drawn back into his past criminal ways.
We created a rich sound-world that aimed to encapsulated the strong but damaged character of Eddie. While we wanted an emotionally broad, contemporary sound to reflect his gravitas, we also needed to ensure that the music felt physical and organic to capture the gritty setting of the film. We decided to utilise a palate that focused primarily on the Bass Clarinet, Cello and Textural Electronics.
In 2020 we released the Original Sound Track on Wave Theory Records. You can hear the album in full via the Spotify link above.
'[Villain] has refined touches throughout, starting with the slightly distorted sound design and brooding,
unsettling score by Aaron May and David Ridley.'
Leslie Felperin, The Guardian
'Exceedingly well-made... A mood that falls somewhere between resignation and guttering hope.'
Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times - Critic's Pick
'Aaron May and David Ridley's haunting score is perhaps the strongest element'
Kyle Jonathan, The Movie Sleuth
'[An] ethereal, atmospheric score from debutant composers Aaron May and David Ridley'
Richard Phippen, HeyUGuys
'A new soundscape'
Andrew Murray, The Upcoming