When graphic designer and film director Mike Mills envisioned the screenplay for his new movie Beginners, a constant soundtrack played in the back of his mind. The film is based loosely on recollections from his childhood, with his parents and events from their lives weaving into the storyline and the characters in the movie. His parents’ record collection became the basis for the soundtrack, specifically the “old-timey” ragtime and classical music that his father enjoyed. The film stars Ewan McGregor as a young man who discovers two secrets about his father: a hidden young male lover and a diagnosis for terminal cancer. Christopher Plummer plays the father, who among other things discovers “house music” during his late-in-life reawakening.
Director Mike Mills is well known in the music world for his work directing music videos for the likes of [lastfm]Yoko Ono[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Moby[/lastfm], as well as his work designing album covers and graphics for artists like [lastfm]Beastie Boys[/lastfm], [lastfm]Beck[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Ol’ Dirty Bastard[/lastfm]. In the film world he is beloved for his instant-classic 2005 film Thumbsucker and for directing episodes of the TV show Lost.
For the film’s score Mills recruited composers Dave Palmer, Roger Niell, and Brian Reitzell to create original pieces that would recall the time periods traversed by the movie. The result is a score and soundtrack that is equal parts [lastfm]Scott Joplin[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Henry Mancini[/lastfm]. Rather than explaining it any further, click Play below to hear it all for yourself.
Beginners is due in theaters on Friday, June 3rd from Focus Features. Check out the official trailer below. Beginners Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available now at Amazon.com.