“This compelling film features an emotional, tension-filled soundtrack by Emmy Award and IFMCA-nominated composer Benji Merrison (Meerkat—A Dynasties Special, The Beatles in India), which effortlessly guides the fast-paced thrill ride of SAS: Red Notice.” – Nerds and Beyond
Listen to the full “SAS Suite” by Benji Merrison, BAFTA and IFMCA-nominated composer of SAS: Red Notice, originally premiered at the Nerds and Beyond! SAS: Red Notice is the forthcoming action-thriller starring Sam Heughan, Tom Hopper, Hannah John-Kamen, Ruby Rose and Tom Wilkinson. Lakeshore Records will release the soundtrack digitally on Friday, March 12, in tandem with the UK film release.
SAS: Red Notice, based on the bestselling novel by Andy McNab, will also be available on VOD in the US and Canada on March 16.
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Benji Merrison (Meerkat—A Dynasties Special, The Beatles in India), a classically trained musician/producer has created an emotional and yet tension-filled orchestral score that matches the fast-paced thrill ride of a film. Based on the best-selling book by Andy McNab and starring Sam Heughan, Ruby Rose, Andy Serkis, Hannah John-Kamen, Tom Hopper, Noel Clarke and Tom Wilkinson, the film will be released by Sky Cinema in the UK and Ireland on March 12 and Vertical Entertainment and Redbox Entertainment in the U.S. and Canada in theaters and on premium VOD on March 16.
Tom Buckingham, a suspended special forces operator, is taking Dr. Sophie Hart from London to Paris to propose. When their train is deep inside the Channel Tunnel, heavily armed mercenaries, led by Grace Lewis, seize control o it and hold everyone hostage. Grace threatens to blow up the Channel Tunnel and declare economic war on a government that has its fair share of secrets to keep. Unarmed and cut off from his counter terror team, Tom is the only hope that Sophie and the other passengers have to make it out alive. To save them he must embrace the unique psychology that makes Grace such a formidable adversary.
Says Merrison, “SAS Red Notice was a dream project to score. The mix of all-out action, psychological thriller elements, the twisted ‘Britishness’ and the underlying love story are all subjects that play to my musical strengths. It was clear that the score needed a precise thematic language from the off. Once this musical language was established, the true joy was to morph and twist these themes in and out of each other, as the full psychopathic nature of Tom Buckingham unfolds.”
Andy McNab, author and Producer, commented, “Benji’s score is brilliant, especially the ‘psychopathic strings,’ which do an amazing job of enveloping the audience in that unique mindset. Give it a listen.”
Laurence Malkin, screenwriter and Producer, added, “Benji has been an absolute legend. His music needed to communicate the emotional heart of the film, something the character of Tom Buckingham, as a good functioning psychopath, is unable to do. So, the cues completed the story and Tom’s internal journey.”
Simon Williams, Investment Director at Ingenious, and Executive Producer, said, “The music added so much value to the finished film and we couldn’t be happier with Benji’s score. The live recordings at AIR Studios made it all the more exceptional. At Ingenious we’re proud to support British artists and are especially excited to see so many of them collaborating with Benji on the music.”
ABOUT BENJI MERRISON
Emmy, IFMCA, RTS award nominated composer
Melding talent, flair and enthusiasm for audio and digital arts with influences from classical to clubbing scenes, British composer Benji Merrison is a highly regarded award-winning modern composer. His outstanding catalogue has been recognized with plaudits from the News and Documentary Emmys, IFMCA, SXSW and Royal Television Society, and his distinctive musical voice is in high demand—demonstrated by collaborations with all major UK broadcasters, plus key networks and brands worldwide.
Residing in London, Benji continues to work on globally renowned projects across film, television, and live events. Selected credits including BBC’s Dynasties (Emmy nominated score), General Magic (prem. Tribeca), Britannia (Sky Atlantic/Netflix), Victoria (ITV), Class (Doctor Who spin-off), plus the 2021 action-movie SAS: Red Notice and feature documentary The Beatles and India. Events and exhibition credits include the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, Top Gear, Tate Modern, MTV EMAs and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.
Benji is classically trained in composition and performance, and adept as a music producer and engineer—a combination of skills that covers composing, arranging, performing and mixing scores into broadcast-ready treasures. He’s experienced in working with world-class musicians, orchestras, studios and more in crafting his scores. A number of his soundtracks have been commercially released by Silva Screen Records and Lakeshore Records.
Throughout 2021, the remaining BBC Dynasties II episodes will unfold and, from the same Sir David Attenborough-narrated stable, Green Planet is due to air early in 2022 featuring sonic adornment from Benji and Dynasties co-composer Will Slater. Aside from these popular, high-profile natural history projects, there is more from Merrison in drama human interest stories, too. Benji will also continue his work as part of the Composer Wellbeing Collective, of which he is Co-Founder.
ABOUT LAKESHORE RECORDS:
Lakeshore Records is a four-time Grammy Nominated record label, and the soundtrack arm of the Cutting Edge Group. Lakeshore Records is the global independent leader in top line soundtrack album releases, including such popular, critically acclaimed and classic soundtracks as Bridgerton, Drive, Stranger Things, The Old Guard, Cyberpunk 2077, When They See Us, The Handmaid’s Tale, Black Mirror, Star Trek: Picard, Bojack Horseman, Les Miserables, Mandy, Narcos, Logan, The Walking Dead, Napoleon Dynamite, Bill and Ted Face the Music, Red Dead Redemption 2, Legion, the Academy Award nominated Lady Bird and Academy Award winners Moonlight, Little Miss Sunshine, American Factory, If Beale Street Could Talk and The Hurt Locker and many, many more.
Lakeshore Records works with the most respected, award-winning artists and composers such as Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Mary J. Blige, Hans Zimmer, Grimes, Common, Jonny Greenwood, Mica Levi, Willie Nelson, Alexandre Desplat, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Run the Jewels, PJ Harvey, Philip Glass, Aloe Blacc, Willie Nelson, Rhiannon Ghiddens, Daniel Lanois, Nicholas Britell, Ziggy Marley, Danny Elfman, Giorgio Moroder, Aska Matsumiya, Clint Mansell, Bootsie Collins, Thomas Newman, Kris Bowers, Cliff Martinez, Randy Newman, James Horner, Gunship, Mark Isham, Kathryn Bostic, Carter Burwell, Rolfe Kent, Josh Homme, Gustavo Santaolalla, Nina Kraviz, Dario Marianelli, Mark Mothersbaugh, The JBs, Gazelle Twin, Christophe Beck, Rachel Portman, Amanda Jones and many many more.
As a full-service boutique record label, Lakeshore Records remains dedicated to supporting a diverse roster of world-class talent, providing top-to-bottom music services & solutions, developing innovative marketing strategies & brand partnerships, hyper-specialized artist relations & development, and crafting the greatest records in the world.
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The music is available for sync licensing on www.music.film
ABOUT ANDY MCNAB CBE DCM MM:
One of only two people since WWII to receive the Military Medal and the Distinguished Conduct Medal, ANDY MCNAB operated in the field for decades, both overtly and covertly. His non-fiction account of his final mission, Bravo Two Zero, is the highest selling war book of all time. It has been published in 17 countries and translated into 16 languages. McNab is now one of Britain’s top novelists, selling over 34 million books, including the underlying novel for the Tom Buckingham movie franchise, Red Notice. With ten #1 Best Sellers on Amazon U.S. his success has spread worldwide. Due to his unique perspective McNab has advised British royalty and continues to advise both British and US governments on matters of security. He is also the director of a private military company, a consultant for videogames like Battlefield 3, and an advisor on films such as Michael Mann’s Heat, Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down, Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor, The Expendables franchise and David Michod’s War Machine.
Purchase “SAS: Red Notice” novel by Andy McNab on Amazon.
McNab writes regularly for a variety of newspapers and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, including Sunday Times, The Sun, Financial Times, New York Post and The Wall Street Journal. He is a regular contributor to the BBC, Sky News, Channel 4 and ITN, as well as international networks on issues of security and defence. McNab was a visiting professor at Oxford in the Department of Experimental Psychology, where he was diagnosed as a ‘Good Functioning Psychopath’ and co-authored two best selling books about this rare condition. In 2015 McNab trekked to the South Pole to raise money for The Reading Agency. Since then, his thirst for adventure led to him walking to the North Pole, taking part in the infamous Cresta Run, motorbiking across Africa and parts of the US, base-jumping El Capitan, and training to fly to the Pole of Inaccessibility. He was awarded the inaugural Ruth Rendell Award by the National Literary Trust in 2016 for his championing and advocacy of literacy. And, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2017, Andy McNab was awarded the CBE, Commander of the British Empire, for his services to literacy and charity.
ABOUT LAURENCE MALKIN:
Writing, directing and producing in the US, Europe and Australia, LAURENCE MALKIN just completed the film SAS: Red Notice, based on the best selling novels he co-created with Andy McNab. It stars Sam Heughan, Ruby Rose, Andy Serkis, Hannah John-Kamen, Tom Hopper, Noel Clarke and Tom Wilkinson. He’s made numerous independent films, including the UK and US versions of Death at a Funeral, starring Peter Dinklage, Matthew Macfadyen, and Keeley Hawes, and Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, and Zoe Saldana, Five Fingers with Laurence Fishburne and Ryan Phillippe, A Few Best Men starring Kris Marshall, Xavier Samuel, Kevin Bishop, Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Debicki, and Olivia Newton-John, as well as its sequel, A Few Less Men, and Kill Me Three Times with Simon Pegg, Teresa Palmer, Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Luke Hemsworth and Bryan Brown. His films have grossed over 200 million dollars at the box office, won various awards, including the Audience Award at both the Locarno Film Festival and the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, premiered in Toronto, Tribeca, Rome, Busan and Cannes, and spawned a number of sequels and remakes, including the Bollywood hit, Daddy Cool. He’s written both in film and television for various studios and networks, and was a regular contributor to the Collective Magazine.
Malkin is a member of the WGA, Screen Producers of Australia and the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.
ABOUT VERTICAL ENTERTAINMENT:
Founded in 2012, Vertical Entertainment has become a leading global independent distributor releasing films across all mediums. Vertical’s unique combination of full-service marketing and highly effective sales services provides collaborative solutions for filmmakers, as the company leverages creative and platform relationships to maximize revenue streams from all content providers.
Current and upcoming Vertical Entertainment releases include Channing Godfrey Peoples’ Miss Juneteenth, starring Nicole Beharie in her Best Actress Gotham Independent Film Award-winning performance and four Independent Spirit Award nominations including Best Female Lead and Best First Feature, and NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture; Best Picture Golden Globe Award nominee Music, directed by Sia and starring Best Actress Golden Globe Award nominee Kate Hudson; the Toronto Film Festival Midnight Madness breakout Shadow in the Cloud, directed by Roseanne Liang and starring Chloe Grace Moretz; The Informer, with Andrea Di Stefano directing the star-studded cast of Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Common, Clive Owen, and Ana de Armas; Robin’s Wish, the revelatory account of iconic comedian Robin Williams’ final days, directed by Tylor Norwood; Tate Taylor’s Ava with John Malkovich, Geena Davis, Joan Chen, Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastin and Yes, God, Yes, directed by Karen Maine and starring Natalia Dyer and Timothy Simons.
Vertical’s past successes include Chris Kelly’s Other People, with Molly Shannon in her Independent Spirit Award-winning performance; and Babak Anvari’s BAFTA and British Independent Film Award-winning thriller Under the Shadow.
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