The Spy Who Fell to Earth
Director: Thomas Meadmore
Production Company: Salon Pictures
I had a blast scoring this rip-roaring documentary, which showcases investigative reporter’s discovery of a double agent in the Israeli intelligence service.
The score for The Spy Who Fell to Earth was written first and foremost to help support the story elements of the documentary. These include the conflict between Egypt and Israel, journalist Ronnie Bregman’s obsession with the enigmatic Egyptian spy Ashraf Marwan, Marwan himself, and the secret services.
The director, Thomas Meadmore, also gets his own thoughtful and open-ended theme, as his line of questioning deepens into author Ronnie Bregman’s personal motivations. Musically the score draws on a rich tradition of espionage thrillers for its driving rhythms and unconventional time signatures.
There are also some nods to Middle Eastern culture with some Darabuka and the Bendir drum rhythms. The score is quite action-packed for a documentary, with even a tense war scene underscore!