Warp Films are an independent, UK-based production company with headquarters in Sheffield. They formed as a subsidiary of Warp Records, initially creating short films, and eventually producing major feature-length films including Dead Man’s Shoes, This is England, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee, Bunny and the Bull, Four Lions, Submarine, Tyrannosaur, Kill List and Snowtown.
Warp Films are now 10 years old, and have been engaging in a series of celebrations, including a screening with live score of Dead Man's Shoes at the Magna Centre in Sheffield last November, further screenings at the South Bank Centre in London, and most recently, the release of a deluxe limited edition WarpFilms10 Book & DVD Set, a copy of which Fred Perry Subculture are giving away, or you can preorder a copy here.
To add to these celebrations, Fred Perry Subculture has carried out an in-depth look into the soundtracks of Warp Film productions, which range from boundary-pushing and cult status to haunting, modish and contemporary.
Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) is a British Psychological revenge thriller, written and directed by Shane Meadows, which tells the story of an ex-serviceman returning to a dysfunctional group of old acquaintances in his hometown who had been seriously mistreating his mentally impaired younger brother.
The soundtrack features many Calexico tracks - a Tucson, Arizona-based Americana band who play an interesting mix of alt-country and electronica, influenced by traditional Latin sounds of mariachi, country music, '50s-'60s jazz, and '90s-'00s post-rock.
The full soundtrack features 'Vessel In Vain' by Smog, 'Untitled II' by Calexico, 'Untitled III' by Calexico, 'Statued' by Adem, 'Ritual Road Map' by Calexico, 'Forgotten Thoughts' by Laurent Garnier, 'Morning Wonder' by The Earlies, 'Steel 29' by Richard Hawley, 'Afterlight 10' by Clayhill, 'Crooked Road And The Briar' by Calexico, 'Heartbreaker' by Lucky Dragons, 'The Diver' by Gravenhurst, 'I Remember Nothing More' by Cul De Sac, 'The Fallen Leaves That Jewel The Ground' by P.G. Six, 'Pluie Sans Nuages' by ABBC, 'Nanou 2' by Aphex Twin, 'Dead Man' by M. Ward, and 'The Only One' by DM & Jemini.
This is England (2006) is a British drama, also written and directed by Shane Meadows. Set in 1983 in an unidentified town in the midlands, young skinheads adopt a subculture, traditionally with its roots in 1960s West Indian culture with ska, soul, and reggae music, as an association of white nationalists, leading to divisions within the skinhead scene, and racial violence.
The soundtrack features scoring from Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi, and regular Meadows collaborator; Gavin Clark who is currently a member of the band Clayhill and has made guest appearances with other artists like Unkle and as a solo artist. Music by other artists such as Toots & The Maytals, The Specials and Soft Cell also features on the soundtrack.
The film's success led to the production of CH4 series This is England '86 and '88 (and '90 in the future), also by Shane meadows.
All Tomorrow’s Parties (2009) is a documentary film about the regular music festivals of the same name, usually held in a Butlins resort in the UK. It was directed by the organisers of these events, and covers the history of the long running All Tomorrow's Parties music festival which generally focuses on a range of post-punk, post-rock and alternative rock music with a DIY ethos. The film was created using footage generated by the fans and musicians attending the events themselves, on a multitude of formats including Super8, camcorder and mobile phone.
The film features music and performance from Belle And Sebastian, Grizzly Bear, Sonic Youth, Battles, Portishead, Daniel Johnston, Grinderman, Lightning Bolt, David Cross, Animal Collective, The Boredoms, Les Savy Fav, Mogwai, Octopus Project, Slint, Dirty Three, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Gossip, GZA, Roscoe Mitchell, Seasick Steve, Iggy and the Stooges, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Fuck Buttons, Micah P Hinson, Two Gallants, The Mars Volta, Akron/Family, Jah Shaka, Saul Williams, Shellac, Patti Smith and John Cooper Clarke.
Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee (2009) is a British comedic mockumentary written and directed by Shane Meadows, and starring childhood friend and long-time collaborator, Paddy Considine as the fictional character of Le Donk, a roadie working for the Arctic Monkeys, and Scorzayzee, a a Nottingham-based rapper, playing himself. Meadows, editor Richard Graham, and the Arctic Monkeys all appear as themselves within the film.
The film has been compared to This Is Spinal Tap, and is a mixture of fiction and reality. It was shot in five days in 2007 with a budget of £48,000
The soundtrack again features tracks from Gavin Clark again, including 'The Years Have Loved Us', and the lead track for the film 'Buy Me a Suit' with Clayhill.
Full tracklistings are 'Rupert Brown' by Dean Palinczuk (Scorzayzee), 'Cheating the Game' by James Yorkston, 'Frozen Gin' by Bellowhead, 'Falling Rain' by Greg Hall, 'Johnny the Conqueror' by Gravenhurst, 'The Years Have Loved Us' by Gavin Clarke, 'This Ain't Love' by Greg Hall, 'The Ice Tree' by Gravenhurst, 'Buy Me a Suit' by Clayhill, and 'Piccaso' by Dean Palinczuk (Scorzayzee).
Bunny and the Bull (2009) is a British comedy by writer-director Paul King, with Edward Hogg and Simon Farnaby embarking on a a surreal road trip. The soundtrack was scored by Ralfe Band; the English songwriter, Oly Ralfe, whose video for song 'Women of Japan' won best music video at SXSW.
Four Lions (2010) is a British dark comedy film about some hopeless terrorist jihadis from Sheffield, England. The directorial debut of cult TV show creator Chris Morris, (Brass Eye)
The soundtrack is diverse and includes 'Avril 14th' by Aphex Twin, 'Nadia' by Jeff Beck, 'Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, OP 95 'From The New World' by Antonín Dvorák performed by Berliner Philharmoniker, 'The Groove That Won't Stop' by The William Fairey Band, 'Aag Ka Dariya' Written by Dr. Zeus featuring Yana Gupta, 'Strings Of Life (Acid Brass)' (End titles music) by Williams Fairey Brass Band, and 'Dancing in the Moonlight' by Toploader.
Submarine (2010) is a British coming-of-age comedy-drama based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Joe Dunthorne. The directorial debut of Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd, Gadget Man).
The soundtrack to Submarine is the debut EP by Arctic Monkeys' lead singer, Alex Turner. All six original songs were written and performed by Turner, with contributions from James Ford. In Turners' first effort as a solo artist, he moved away from his more traditional indie rock, to acoustic songs. Track "Piledriver Waltz" was later re-recorded by Turner's band Arctic Monkeys, for their fourth album Suck It and See, and was also covered by country singer Caitlin Rose for Record Store Day 2012.
Tyrannosaur (2011) is dark and heavy British drama, written and directed by Paddy Considine as his debut feature. The film is set in an environment similar to the one Considine grew up within, on a council estate in the Midlands.
The film features original music composed by Chris Baldwin & Dan Baker, as well as tracks from JJ All Stars (with trombonist legend J.J. Johnson). Paddy Considine himself even tries his hand at a composition with Chris Baldwin.
The full soundtrack includes 'Wand'rin' Star' by Nick Hemming (of The Leisure Society), cover of Lee Marvin's 1969 hit song from the western musical film Paint Your Wagon, 'This Gun Loves you Back' by Chris Baldwin (written By Paddy Considine & Chris Baldwin), 'Truth or Glory' – JJ All Stars, 'Saturday Night' by JJ All Stars, 'Psycho Mash' by JJ All Stars, 'Hi Jack' by Chris Wheat, 'Sing All Our Cares Away' by Damien Dempsey, and 'We Were Wasted' by The Leisure Society.
Kill List (2011) is a British horror thriller directed by Ben Wheatley about a British soldier returning home to Sheffield, England, to join an old friend working as a contract killer. The film features the song 'It Could Have Been Better' by Joan Armatrading and Pam Nestor.
Snowtown (2011) is an Australian crime horror based on the true story of the Snowtown murders directed by Justin Kurzel and written by Shaun Grant. Justin Kurzel's brother, musician and songwriter Jed Kurzel won a top award for scoring the soundtrack to his brother's debut feature film. The soundtrack is exceptionally haunting, apt for a film which tells the sickening story of horrors occurring in a suburban town. Listen to snippets, or order the soundtrack here.