Tag: Swan Films

American High School US premier,
on National Geographic

I’m delighted that American High School will receive its premier in the USA on National Geographic, on Tuesday 9PM ET.

The series will play over four weeks, as four 1-hour length episodes.

 

 

Stream the soundtrack in full here

 

Filmed, Produced and Directed: Marcus Plowright
Exec Producers: Neil Crombie and Joe Evans
Composer: Alexander Parsons

Grayson Perry: Divided Britain – Channel 4 Broadcast Date

Grayson Perry: Divided Britain will be broadcast on Channel 4 on Tuesday 30th May, 9pm. It was great to have been commissioned by Swan Films to compose another score for Grayson. More about the film here.

 

“Perry’s television programmes are great because they dare to reach conclusions that rise to artistic statements. Five Stars”

The Times

American High School Soundtrack to be Released Feb 2017

I’m delighted that my score for American High School will be available on general release, to coincide with its broadcast on BBC 1, in the UK. The soundtrack features original music from the series and will be available digitally from February 17th,  in all the usual places.

The series was produced and directed by Marcus Plowright with Swan Films.
Exec Producers: Neil Crombie and Joe Evans
Production company: Swan Films
Original Television Soundtrack mastered by Alain Paul at Million Mangoes, Berlin

‘Music For Heroes’
Alexander Talks American High School in Broadcast Now

In this article for Broadcast Magazine, I write about ‘Music for Heroes’ and stories behind my latest score for the BBC3 documentary Series American High School.

Myself and Marcus Plowright (Producer/Director) were asked to write this double page spread featured in the 11th November, 2016 issue in print, also available online for subscribers.

Download a PDF here

 

It was as hugely collaborative process

 

American High School follows a charismatic principal and his students over the course of one school year and through their eyes we witness life-changing moments. In the US, life chances for students who graduate high school are often starkly different to those who don’t, a disparity even more marked for African-American pupils.

With the odds often stacked against them we follow the class of 2016 over this, their make-or-break year.

We experience their highs and their lows as they prepare for life after high school. We meet Ivy League hopefuls, male cheerleaders and young mothers on a tough journey into adulthood. This is school as you’ve never seen it before and a unique insight into how it really feels to be young and black in America today.

In the first episode, new principal Dr Peters arrives on a mission to improve grades and discipline, but a mass brawl and the threat of further violence gives him a swift reality check.

Meanwhile, high-achieving pupil Jalena begins college applications, but with college fees costing more than a house, will she even be able to afford to go? Male cheerleader Vernon, and star football player Kordel, each prepare for the big Friday night football game. Can a win for the school help to get Dr Peters’ ambitions back on track?

 

Producer/Director: Marcus Plowright
Executive Producers: Joe Evans and Neil Crombie
Production Company: Swan Films
Composer: Alexander Parsons

American High School – Guardian Review

Thank you to Julia Raeside for the fantastic reveiw of American High School: Straight Outta Orangeburg. Read the review in full here

 

Alexander Parsons’ impressive score, mixing tinges of the music the kids listen to with his own emotive arrangements. Six episodes of hope, just when it’s needed.

 

American High School follows a charismatic principal and his students over the course of one school year and through their eyes we witness life-changing moments. In the US, life chances for students who graduate high school are often starkly different to those who don’t, a disparity even more marked for African-American pupils.

With the odds often stacked against them we follow the class of 2016 over this, their make-or-break year.

We experience their highs and their lows as they prepare for life after high school. We meet Ivy League hopefuls, male cheerleaders and young mothers on a tough journey into adulthood. This is school as you’ve never seen it before and a unique insight into how it really feels to be young and black in America today.

In the first episode, new principal Dr Peters arrives on a mission to improve grades and discipline, but a mass brawl and the threat of further violence gives him a swift reality check.

Meanwhile, high-achieving pupil Jalena begins college applications, but with college fees costing more than a house, will she even be able to afford to go? Male cheerleader Vernon, and star football player Kordel, each prepare for the big Friday night football game. Can a win for the school help to get Dr Peters’ ambitions back on track?

Producer/Director: Marcus Plowright
Executive Producers: Joe Evans and Neil Crombie
Production Company: Swan Films
Composer: Alexander Parsons