The collaboration between British composer George Fenton (Gandhi, The Fisher King, Shadowlands, Mary Reilly) and director Ken Loach is one of the most continuous and respected in the current European cinema, with eleven films together including high success like Land And Freedom, The Wind That Shakes the Barley or Sweet Sixteen.
The Angels’ Share is a bitter sweet comedy that follows protagonist Robbie as he sneaks into the maternity hospital to visit his young girlfriend Leonie and hold his newborn son Luke for the first time. Overwhelmed by the moment, he swears that Luke will not have the same tragic life he has had. Escaping a prison sentence by the skin of his teeth, he’s given one last chance……While serving a community service order, he meets Rhino, Albert and Mo who, like him, find it impossible to find work because of their criminal records. Little did Robbie imagine how turning to drink might change their lives – not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world. Will it be ‘slopping out’ for the next twenty years, or a new future with ‘Uisge Beatha’ the ‘Water of Life?’ Only the angels know…
George Fenton provides an intimate and emotional score, also dynamic. Stylishly written for a small group ensemble. The album featuring two pop songs included in the film, performed by The Proclaimers and Deadmau5.