MUSIC MEETS STORY: Harmonising Narrative with Melody on Screen

Why are we so captivated by the lives of musicians and bands, and how has that fascination been portrayed on screen thus far? How has the art of songwriting been depicted on screen, and what’s the reality behind it? And how is music itself used in TV and films to enhance the storytelling experience?

Join us for an exciting panel discussion exploring two types of music stories for the screen: stories about music and stories told by the music itself as soundtrack or score. Our panellists bring a range of expertise to the table, from composition and music supervision to screenwriting and production. The panellists will discuss their experiences, the challenges of creating powerful music storytelling and what the future of this art may entail.

This event is open to Members and up to two guests. Attendees are invited to network after the panel discussion.

Panellists include:
Sheila Hayman has written and directed documentary films for the BBC, Channel 4, ARTE, Beijing TV and others, winning a BAFTA, Time Out Documentary Series of the Year, and a Robert Kennedy award. Her new feature documentary, ‘The Other Mendelssohn’ is in cinemas from October 27.
Sacha Puttnam, mentored by Vangelis and Quincy Jones, has an extensive career spanning film composition, orchestration, and collaborations with pop and rock artists, including Bush, Sia, Hybrid, Nick Cave, and Regina Spektor.
Karen Spearing, an independent music supervisor and co-founder of Wild YoYo Music Supervision, combines over 20 years of experience in creative and management roles within the music and TV production industries.
Peter Worsley, an Emmy Award-winning TV and film professional with over 20 years of industry experience, specialises in long-form music programming, including notable credits like “Eric Clapton: Across 24 Nights” and “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool” among others.
Sarah ‘Pixie’ Pickering – As the VP Creative and co-head of sync at Sony Music Publishing, Pixie heads up a team of 14, liaising closely with A&R, songwriters and artists. Pixie is also the Producer for the Juice label which SMP and ITV jointly own and involved in various mentoring schemes, songwriter sync camps and artist showcases.
Chair: Sarah B. Williams is a screenwriter, producer and musician. Having spent over a decade in the music industry, she turned her attention to writing. She co-produced Justine, which was nominated for a British Independent Film Award in 2020.

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