In Oscar contender Breathe, Andrew Garfield plays Robin Cavendish, who was paralyzed from the neck down after being stricken with polio at the age of 28 in 1958.
In the adaptation of the true story, directed by Andy Serkis, Cavendish goes on to become an advocate for the disabled as he and his wife, played by Claire Foy, travel the world. The film premiered to strong reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival with talk of Garfield landing his second consecutive Oscar nomination.
Nitin Sawhney’s orchestral score, exclusively excerpted here, draws on elements of jazz, even featuring Serkis on tenor sax, while also reflecting Cavendish’s own musical tastes. Sawhney, whose compositions not only embrace Cavendish’s struggle and courage, but also the love story between him and Diana, plays piano and flamenco guitar on much of the score.
Sawhney, who was awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year in his native England for his work on more than 50 films, has worked as a composer, DJ, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter with a number of legends, ranging from Jeff Beck to Paul McCartney. In July, he served as musical director for Tony Visconti’s A Life In Music concert at London’s Union Chapel, featuring Stewart Copeland, Bob Geldof, Imelda May and Holy Holy, the latter Visconti’s salute to the early music of his friend and colleague, David Bowie.
Breathe opens Oct. 13.