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NYMAN IN PROGRESS

NYMAN IN PROGRESS
MICHAEL NYMAN photo © Monarda Arts GmbH)

Michael Nyman – a composer famous for his genre defining film music, which, in a career spanning over 30 years, has encompassed movies as diverse as THE DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT, GATTACA, and the worldwide hit THE PIANO. The massive success of his soundtrack for THE PIANO was for many people the defining point in Nyman´s career. So much so that it has taken the artist fifteen years to break free from his association with the film in the public´s mind and be accepted once more as a multi-talented contemporary composer.

Starting with the celebrations for his 65th birthday in March 2009, this film shows one of the great composers of our time in all his diversity and endless energy. Featuring unprecedented access to the composer and his working life, the film accompanies Nyman on the journey from his home in London through Europe, Russia, Mexico, China, and beyond. It shows his concerts with the Michael Nyman Band during which greatest hits are performed from his long career and live collaborations with other internationally known musicians.

Throughout his journeys, Nyman’s increasing passion for filming and photography gives the film an insight into his views, his thoughts and emotions; his world. Recently Nyman started to edit his visual works and combine them with his music. This he describes as a ‘new liberty’, after three decades of working with other director’s visual images.


Silvia Beck was born in 1967 in Bruchsal. From 1987-1989 she trained as a photographer, followed by editorial training. From 1992-1998, she worked as a camera assistant for feature films and documentaries. From 1997-1999 she then studied Cinematography at the National Film School in the UK. Her films include the documentaries: OXFORD STREET (1999), I AM FROM NOWHERE (2001), FANFARE (2002), CARMINA BERLINA (2006), LENINLAND (2008), VEIL OF THE TEMPLE (2009), and NYMAN IN PROGRESS (2010).
Genre Music
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2010
Director Silvia Beck
Screenplay Silvia Beck
Cast Michael Nyman, Volker Schlöndorff, Steve Reich
Producers Erwin Stürzer, Torsten Bönnhoff
Production Company Monarda Arts/Halle, in co-production with Arthaus Musik/Halle
Length 82 min
Format HDCAM SR, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 English/German
Subtitled Versions German, English
Festivals Warsaw 2010, Ghent 2010, Taipei Golden Horse 2010, Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung

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