Christopher Gunning When the Whales Came

One of the nicest British film scores of recent years was that of the poignant drama, WHEN THE WHALES CAME, composed by Christopher Gunning. The composer has worked in British film and television music since 1971 and brought his gift of melody and thematic interplay to a number of fine scores. Interviewed recently, Gunning describes his background...

Christopher Gunning

The first feature film I composed, GOODBYE GEMINI (aka TWINSANITY) was unbelievably hard and stressful. The producer, Joseph Shaftel, would call me night or day to insist that “this will be the greatest godamn score ever” and that didn’t help my self confidence at all. Several times I felt like giving up and running away to the seaside where nobody could...

Hands of the Ripper

ne of the best horror movie scores of the 1970s was for Hammer Film’s 1971 thriller, HANDS OF THE RIPPER. The film was a poignant story of a young woman possessed by the unwholesome spirit of her father – Jack the Ripper. The picture benefitted from a literate script, excellent direction, convincing performances, and fine production values.