Director Christopher Nolan and composer Hans Zimmer have enjoyed a fruitful working relationship thus far.
The director-composer partnership began on Batman Begins and continued through The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and most recently Interstellar. They’re all fantastic scores, delivering moody brass, intense drum lines and booming crescendos. We now have a taste of their next collaboration: the war-drama Dunkirk.
The first track from the film’s score has been released online, and we have it right here for your listening pleasure. It’s a suitably intense piece. Zimmer fans will certainly recognise the composer’s signature sound, hard at work here in a near-breathless 8 minutes. Good luck keeping that heart rate down when it kicks up a notch at around the 5:30 mark.
Two of Zimmer’s nine Oscar nominations have been for Nolan films – Inception and Interstellar. His only (only!) Oscar win is for Disney’s The Lion King.
Dunkirk tells of when allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France were evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. The film, which features a cast that includes Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney James D’Arcy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy, arrives in Australia on July 20 and opens in the U.S. on July 21.