Like most film lovers, we’re huge fans of Hans Zimmer’s outstanding film scores and compositions, his career spans over 40 years now, and includes the likes of The Lion King, Rain Man, Pirates of The Caribbean, Gladiator, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, 12 Year A Slave, The Thin Red Line, The Da Vinci Code and Dune. Plus it will look back at the music he created for ground-breaking, iconic BBC Studios Natural History films, including Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II and Frozen Planet II.
Hans Zimmer – Hollywood Rebel is a new documentary that’ll span the life and work of one of the most prolific, successful and ground-breaking cinematic composers working today. The 60 minute documentary airs on BBC Two on Sunday 16 October at 9pm, and will look back at Hans’ glittering forty-year career, having redefined the movie score: thrilling audiences, pioneering new techniques, breaking all the rules about how to write for movies and introducing new generations to the incomparable drama of orchestral music.
Hans Zimmer – Hollywood Rebel promises to be an in-depth, personal profile of the most influential and talented movie composer of his generation. It’s true that his distinctive sound has dominated the film industry for over twenty years – and having his name credited on a movie poster is now just as valuable as including a visionary director or A-list actor, and he’s raised the profile of music scores and their importance in Hollywood filmmaking, as well as bringing classical music to a whole new generation.
The film features interviews with the likes of Ron Howard, Denis Villeneuve, Christopher Nolan, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Barry Levinson, James L Brooks, Gore Verbinski, Steve McQueen, Stephen Frears and Tim Bevan, plus the likes of composers John Powell, Henry Jackman and Harry Gregson-Williams, who launched their careers working with Hans, who also had this to say:
“I’m honoured to be sharing this insight into my career and life with the BBC audience. My hope is that this documentary inspires and emboldens you to unapologetically pursue your passions and find a deeper understanding for my scores and above all, music.”
Francis Hanly, Director of the documentary, added:
“The sheer number of standout movies Hans Zimmer has scored over the past 40 years is incredible. It was a dream job to sit and film him at the keyboard in his studio as he gave us an intimate and exclusive demonstration of the techniques and sounds he’s created and the ideas that lie behind some of his most famous scores.”