How did an Royal Television Society award winning film set in the 18th century end up with a musical score that blends jazz, blues and reggae? Two reasons. Firstly, the hero of the film, Jack Shepperd, was the country's first working class hero and, secondly, the production team were at our most creative.
Jack's short life coincided with the arrival of newspapers and, as someone who escaped from jail five times, Jack was never out of the newspapers. He didn't see himself as a historical figure, none of us does, he was the original Jack the Lad, the person the expression was created for. The music gives the film a modern rebel feel without being set in the present. I also produced most of the sound design for this film and was delighted when director Justin Hardy asked me to produce a sound shooting script. Having seen the Blair Witch project, I was keen to have the soundtrack tell the story and so was Justin. The result is an extraordinary film that justified the accolades it received.