A live performance of Hildur Gudnadóttir’s Academy award winning score to Joker is to accompany a screening of the film at the Eventim Apollo theatre in London, which will then be followed by dates across Europe.
Set in Gotham City, the DC movie follows mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck who is mistreated by society and pushed into a downward spiral of revolution and crime, bringing him face-to-face with his alter-ego: The Joker.
The haunting score is described by the show promoter as a fusion of industrial soundscapes with raw, emotive melodies led by a lone cello that create a melancholic shroud marked with moments of hope, which unfolds gradually to become a fever pitch of disquieting tension.
Hildur Guðnadóttir said: “I’m thrilled to get to see and hear Joker in the cinema with a live orchestra. When we recorded the music, the orchestra brought such depth and detailed attention to the performances that we were all literally holding our breaths during most of the recording sessions. It was a beautiful trip. I’m so happy to get to go there again and for an audience to experience that too.”
This is yet another milestone in a stellar year for Hildur Gudnadóttir, who won an Emmy for her work on Chernobyl, while her score for Joker has been honoured with a Golden Globe, Critic’s Choice Award, BAFTA and an Oscar.