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Manners McDade's Nainita Desai Scores Channel 4 Documentary 'My Grandparent’s War'

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Documentary follows four British actors as they explore wartime stories of their grandparents

Manners McDade's Nainita Desai Scores Channel 4 Documentary 'My Grandparent’s War'

Manners McDade composer Nainita Desai has scored the new Channel 4 4-part series 'My Grandparent’s War'.

The C4 documentary follows four leading British actors; Mark Rylance, Helena Bonham Carter, Carey Mulligan and Kristin Scott Thomas, who explore the fascinating wartime stories of their grandparents and travel the globe to meet last survivors of the war.

The first episode saw Helena Bonham Carter discover how her grandfather aided Jewish people to escape the Holocaust, whilst her grandmother volunteered as an air raid warden and campaigned for women’s rights.

About the project, Nainita said: “It was an utter privilege to be scoring these moving films. There are a myriad of emotional journeys portrayed and the films are beautifully crafted with very honest accounts and genuinely surprising revelations.

"Musically I drew upon an orchestral palette with contemporary touches crafting the score to picture. The icing on the cake was sharing the viewing experience with a live audience and seeing them react in such an emotional way at a recent special BAFTA screening with the Helena, Kristin and Cary coming together for the first time to discuss their experience.”

Nainita is a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit and has scored countless bespoke TV series and film scores. She is a Music+Sound Award 2016 winner for Best Feature Film Score, GOPO Romania Film Awards Nominee 2019 for Best Film Score, RTS West Award 2019 Nominee for BBC series 'Extraordinary Rituals'.

Nainita’s releases include WW2 thriller 'Enemy Within', BFI psychological horror 'Darkness Visible' and 'The Life After'. She also scored 'For Sama' (directed by Emmy award winner Ed Watts and Waad Al-Kateeab) which has already won multiple awards including Best Documentary at SXSW, HOTDOCS, Cannes Film Festival, Sheffield Documentary Festival and most recently winning four BIFA awards including 'Best British Independent Film'.

The series continues tonight with Mark Rylance, 9pm Channel 4.

Catch up on the last episode here.

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Manners McDade, Wed, 04 Dec 2019 10:53:27 GMT