'sir Billi' Creative Team Announces Completion Of Musical Score By Oscar-nominated Composer Patrick

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'Sir Billi' Creative Team Announces Completion of Musical Score by Oscar-Nominated Composer Patrick

Doyle for Scotland's First Full-Length Animated Feature Film


LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --



    Glasgow-based Billi Productions Ltd announced today the completion of the

musical score composition and orchestral recording for "Sir Billi,"

Scotland's first full-length animated feature film that is now in the final

stages of post production. Internationally recognized film composer Patrick

Doyle wrote the score, working with the film's husband and wife creative

team, Sascha Hartmann, who directed the movie, and Tessa Hartmann who wrote

the script.


    Patrick's Oscar(R)-nominated work on the original score for "Hamlet"

(1996-Best Music, Original Dramatic Score) and "Sense and Sensibility"

(1995-Best Music, Original Dramatic Score), as well as his original scores

for the hit British comedy "Bridget Jones's Diary" (2001) and Saturn

Award-nominated "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005) attracted the

Hartmann's to approach Patrick to compose and record the original score for

"Sir Billi."


    "We are thrilled with Patrick's uncanny ability to capture the true

essence of 'Sir Billi' through his music and bring it to life in this new

dimension," said Sascha Hartmann. "Patrick has such a keen musical sense and

created just the right nuances to convey the highs and lows of Sir Billi's

adventures on his quest to save Bessie Boo the Beaver."


    Patrick was inspired to write the theme to the original score on the

spot, as the melody of the theme came to him while speaking with Sascha

Hartmann about the direction of the score - something Doyle says has only

happened twice before in his career.


    "Sir Billi's endearing multi-generational family story and cliff-hanger

action spikes in the storyline provided me with just the right elements to

compose a score I'm proud to say is among my best work to-date," said Doyle.

"My goal was to shine a light on the soul of this colorful cast of loveable

characters through the power of music."


    "Being a part of Sir Billi meant so much because animation has always

been a fascination of mine especially because I am from Scotland and know all

of the areas where the film is based," said Doyle. "The fresh look of 'Sir

Billi' and its original storyline gave me all the inspiration needed to

create some of the best composition work I feel I've done."


    "Sir Billi" is an adventure story about the power of a remote Scottish

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community held together by an eccentric, skateboarding and retired

veterinarian played by Sir Sean Connery and their race to save an illegal

fugitive - Bessie Boo the Beaver. Sir Billi braves treacherous ravines and

hazardous waters as he and the village clash with the law in their fight to

rescue Bessie.


    The husband and wife creative team were also very involved in the

soundtrack for the film, with the five original songs in the film composed by

Sascha, and the lyrics written for the songs by Tessa. The first song

announced and opening title track of the film, "Guardian of the Highlands,"

was performed by Dame Shirley Bassey and produced by the film's director

Sascha Hartmann. Best known for recording the theme songs to the James Bond

films Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, and Moonraker, Bassey is once again

teaming up with Sir Sean Connery, who lends his voice as Sir Billi, the lead

character in the film.


    LISTEN TO "BILLI'S THEME"


    WATCH BEHIND THE SCENES INTERVIEWS WITH PATRICK DOYLE


    ABOUT "SIR BILLI"

    When tragedy strikes in the Scottish Highlands, there can be only one man

for the job - Sir William Sedgewick, aka Sir Billi (Sir Sean Connery)! An

adventure story about an inimitable Highland hero - a grandpa and active

senior skateboarding veterinarian who goes above and beyond the call of duty

fighting villainous policemen and powerful lairds in a battle to save an

illegal fugitive - Bessie Boo the Beaver!


    The heart-warming and hilarious action-packed family movie, where

thrilling car chases, heroic skydiving and daring stunts from this

octogenarian, fueled with encounters with a hostile submarine, will keep you

at the edge of your seat!


    ABOUT BILLI PRODUCTIONS LTD

    Billi Productions Ltd was founded in 2005 by Sascha and Tessa Hartmann,

Sir Sean Connery and John Fraser (investor) to own the copyright and all film

rights to the intellectual property that is "Sir Billi." Production is being

carried out by parent company Glasgow Animation Ltd., an independent studio

based just outside Glasgow. This small animation studio is a wealth of young

and ambitious creative talents who have produced Scotland's first full length

animated feature in-house. To learn more about Billi Productions please



    Contacts:

    Rogers & Cowan for Sir Billi Productions

    Sallie Olmsted/Jessica Boyer

    +1-310-854-8124 / 8141

    E-mail: solmsted@rogersandcowan.com / jboyer@rogersandcowan.com


     SOURCE: Billi Productions Ltd


    CONTACT: Sallie Olmsted

             +1-310-854-8124

             solmsted@rogersandcowan.com or

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             Jessica Boyer

             +1-310-854-8141

             jboyer@rogersandcowan.com


             both of Rogers & Cowan for Sir Billi Productions



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