AUSTIN The confluence of movies and music was the focus of much of what was billed as A Conversation with Danny Boyle at the SXSW Film Festival Saturday morning. Joined onstage at the Vimeo Theater by his composer Rick Smith and moderator David Carr of the New York Times, the director of 127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire and the new thriller Trance, starring James McEvoy, said music is an integral part of his "assault" on the filmgoing audience.
Certainly, anyone who has seen a Boyle film often remembers the music, whether it's the bounce of Bollywood at the end of Slumdog or the triumphant use of Sigur Ros' angelic melodies at the climax of 127 Hours. And he was clearly excited to talk about the subject Saturday.
"I like us to listen to all sorts of music," he said of his crew, nothing he thinks attitudes towards movie music changed in the '70s.
"There was a change with Apocalypse Now and then The Big Chill. Those were bold music choices, The Doors The End and Ride of the Valkyries in Apocalypse Now"
He went on to say that he has been assailed for his use of music, especially early in his career. "We got attacked for being MTV. I took it as a compliment," he said. "I see my life in pop music."
Smith, formerly of the electronic dance band Underworld, added, "Film meant a lot to me in my music career...Underwold's music had a filmic quality."
Some clips from Boyle's movies were shown, including an extended one from Trance which seemed to show how the film ends -- or at least how it ends for one major character.
If that seemed odd -- a bit of "opening the kimono" as David Carr put it -- Boyle said he didn't think it was too much of a spoiler. Guess we'll just have to wait and see.