Clint Mansell Full Interview – Uneasy Listening

We were hugely honoured to be given some time to sit and chat with iconic composer (and all round top bloke), Clint Mansell ahead of the Gateshead leg of his Uneasy Listening tour.

Having built up a body of work that is surely the envy of composers around the globe, Mansell has taken his show on the road this year to perform some of his most famous cues from Moon, Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, Pi, Noah and High Rise in concert venues in both the UK and USA.

We spoke to Clint about how he came to work with Ben Wheatley on the instantly iconic High Rise score, his career to date, his relationship with Darren Aronofsky (which for our money is one of the most indelible director/composer partnerships in movie history) and the things that make him tick.

We’ve said it before, but it is worth repeating how much of a modest guy Clint is. As you will no doubt have seen in the above video he is a man who, whilst clearly possessing enormous talent and thematic insight, is at all times humble regarding his achievements, and the opportunities he has been afforded.

Whilst the Uneasy Listening tour is over for now, we would highly recommend keeping your ears to the ground for any future tours; as attendees of the Gateshead concert we can state first-hand that the emotion and raw power of Clint’s music is never more alive than when the man himself is delivering it from the stage, straight into your mind and heart.


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James is a movie obsessive with a particular love for scores and screenplays. He has written for numerous blogs, sites and cinemas and has been involved in several screenwriting projects. He can usually be found in front of a large plasma screen devouring Westerns, 80s pulp, Jimmy Stewart movies or anything by the Coens.