PHOTO: ‘Bel Ami’ Music Score Photo and Bit About Composer Lakshman Joseph de Saram

The Sunday Times of Sri Lanka wrote a nice piece on Bel Ami composer Lakshman Joseph de Saram. We are including a snippet below, as well as a photo of the Bel Ami score, you can read the full article here.

Bel Ami music score, screenplay, and Joseph de Saram’s Bel Ami notebook, with the film themes.

In the past decade, Lakshman Joseph de Saram has written the music for nine films, art-house and commercial. One is the 2008 “Machan”, an award-winning Italian production about a group of Sri Lankans who illegally migrate to Europe by pretending to be a national handball team.

The director was Uberto Pasolini (nephew of the great Italian film director Luchino Visconti). Pasolini, who was advised to engage the services of Joseph de Saram, was so impressed with his work that he approached him again two years later to write the music for a Hollywood remake of “Bel Ami” that he, Pasolini, was producing.

For the next six months, Joseph de Saram works on the score, in close consultation with film composer Rachel Portman and her team. (Portman was also involved in writing the music for ‘Bel Ami’.)

There are two visits to London, the first to meet the film’s two directors, Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, to discuss “the tone” the music should take. The second visit is to attend the recording sessions of Joseph de Saram’s film score. The orchestra is assembled at Angel Studios and is composed of members of leading British orchestras. Both experiences – meeting the directors, meeting the musicians playing his music – are cruel tests of nerve. The completed, much revised, score is ready by December 2010.