The Lark Ascending in The Year My Voice Broke

Title:
The Lark Ascending in The Year My Voice Broke
NFSA ID:
141384
Year:
1987
Category:
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'The Lark Ascending’ (composed by the famous British nationalist composer of the pre-war and interwar period Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1921) functions as the main musical theme in the coming-of-age nostalgic film, The Year My Voice Broke. The instrumental composition features several cadenzas by the violin soloist which flutter up and down an evocative pentatonic scale in the manner of traditional English folk, and is superimposed over the cinematography of the surrounding Merino sheep grazing land of the rural NSW town of Braidwood. Juxtaposed to a popular music score that generally corresponds to the film’s nostalgic 1960s narrative setting, ‘The Lark Ascending’, embodies Danny’s (Noah Taylor) imagination and memory and suggests a disjunction between place and cultural aspiration

Production company:
Kennedy Miller
Producers:
Doug Mitchell, George Miller, Terry Hayes
Director and writer:
John Duigan