Sundance 2020 Composer Spotlight: Jim Williams
Jim Williams is educated in classical and jazz composition. Establishing himself in popular music writing and performance, his subsequent extensive television experience culminated in an Ivor Novello Award nomination for Hotel Babylon. More recently he has focused on some of the more innovative feature films of recent times.
For Ben Wheatley’s Kill List press accolades described an ‘unsettling score – the film’s saturnine heartbeat – puls[ing] underneath’ (Financial Times), and a ‘brilliant score, which is filled with strings so taut, they sound like screams you might hear in the distance’ (LA Times). A Field in England’s score ‘[underpinned] ostensibly calm pastoral scenes with a constant undertow of clanging, churning menace’ (Hollywood Reporter), and Julia Ducournau’s highly acclaimed RAW used ‘folksy lighter numbers giving way to heavier, more psychedelic freak-out tracks as the characters degenerate into madness' (Variety). The score was César Award nominated.
2018’s score for Beast was nominated for a BIFA, with Variety noting ‘the many, varied screeches and squeaks of Jim Williams' terrifically rattling score… keeping the film's whodunnit structure tightly screwed’.