Interview: Composer Hildur Guðnadóttir Talks A Haunting in Venice

Composer Hildur Guðnadóttir speaks with JoBlo about her work in A Haunting in Venice and creating the score for the Joker.

One of my favorite aspects of Kenneth Branagh’s latest, A Haunting in Venice, is the terrific score. As impressive as Branagh’s acting and directing skills, the atmospheric score gives the story a beating heart. And you can credit that to the brilliant composer Hildur Guðnadóttir. Responsible for the gorgeous sounds of Women Talking, Tar, and the mini-series Chernobyl, she is a wonderfully talented musician and artist. Not only can you hear this in her inspired score for A Haunting in Venice, but you can also add her excellent work in Joker.

I recently had the joy of speaking to Hildur about her latest. She opened up about working with Kenneth Branagh and the music of the time period in which the film takes place. Next up, I asked her about connecting the score to characters like Joker and Hercule Poirot. She discussed creating the iconic shot from Joker on the steps and giving the iconic detective a little spirit. Not only is Hildur Guðnadóttir a major talent, but she is also incredibly engaging and wonderful to speak with. Check out her work in this week’s A Haunting in Venice, opening in theatres this weekend.

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