It was announced in 2016 that music icon Paul Weller was working on his first full film score, for the upcoming British Boxing drama Jawbone. Further details regarding the film and its soundtrack have now been revealed.
Jawbone was written by Johnny Harris and is loosely based on his own experiences as a young pugilist. Harris (who also stars as the film's protagonist), is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Mick - the abusive father of Lol and Kelly in the This Is England TV series.
Jawbone also features an ensemble cast of great contemporary British actors; Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast, Scum), Ian McShane (Lovejoy, Deadwood) and Michael Smiley (Kill List, The Worlds End).
Boxing films have enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence in recent years, with films such as Creed, Southpaw and most recently Bleed For This gaining accolades, Jawbone promises to be a unique and distinctly British take on a classic boxing film premise:
Jawbone is the story of a former youth boxing champion. Jimmy McCabe (Johnny Harris) is a man in search of hope but looking in all the wrong places. When he hits rock bottom he turns to his childhood boxing club and the only family he has left: gym owner Bill (Ray Winstone), cornerman Eddie (Michael Smiley) and promoter Joe (Ian McShane). Back in training, years after anyone thought he was a contender, he will risk his life to stand tall and to regain his place in the world.
The soundtrack looks set to be an eclectic affair, showcasing Weller's breadth and talent and promises to be unlike anything he has done before.
The opening track is an experimental 21-minute dissonant sound-collage featuring vintage synthesisers, vocal harmonies and droning guitars. The title track is a heavy psych instrumental, while the training scene song is an intense percussion-lead, jazz-infused piece.
1. Jimmy / Blackout
2. The Ballad of Jimmy McCabe
5. Jawbone Training
6. Man on Fire
7. End Fight Sequence
Jawbone is released in UK cinemas on 12th May 2017 (previously 17th March 2017).
'Jawbone: Music From The Film' by Paul Weller, will be released on 10th March 2017 by Parlophone Records.