British composer Harry Escott and artist PJ Harvey have collaborated on ‘An Acre of Land’, a new recording that is the theme to Dark River, the latest film by Director Clio Barnard. The entire film is also scored by Escott, who says: ‘recording PJ Harvey’s vocal on ‘An Acre of Land’, a song we arranged together for Dark River, was a spine-tingling experience.’ The song is out now, via independent label Cognitive Shift Recordings - a collaborative label between One Little Indian Records and Manners McDade Publishing.
Escott first came to prominence in 2005 with his score to the influential psychological horror film Hard Candy, directed by David Slade. Since then, Harry has worked with such stellar directorial talents as Eran Creevy on both Shifty and Welcome To The Punch; Michael Winterbottom on A Mighty Heart, The Road To Guantanamo, and Face Of An Angel; Clio Barnard on the multi award-winning The Arbor; and The Selfish Giant, a contemporary adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s short story; as well as Nick Broomfield on Ghosts; and perhaps most prominently, on Steve McQueen’s seminal debut film Shame.
Escott describes Dark River as ‘a film that leaves me wanting to take more care of those around me, which is a good thing for a film to leave you with.’ The film premiered at the 2017 London Film Festival, and will be on general release on February 23.