moonrise kingdom

Benjamin Britten hardly needs any help in terms of heightened profile in this his centenary year.

But his estate will have been delighted to see and hear his music at the heart of a 2012 film which I saw the other day on dvd.

Moonrise Kingdom directed by Wes Anderson has a plot centred on a production of Britten’s ‘Noye’s Fludde.’

Or rather it’s the trigger for a charming story of young love between two misfit kids.

Britten’s music including his classic ‘Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’ is part of the storyline and weaves its way through the film brilliantly.

You also get Francoise Hardy in her mid-60s pomp, which is a musical leap that shouldn’t work but emphatically does.

Bill Murray, Bruce Willis and Frances McDormand are all excellent as are the two juvenile leads.

And if you can’t lay your hands on the dvd immediately, Charles Hazlewood’s 2011 edition of ‘Discovering Music’ on the Young Person’s Guide is perfect for a relaxing Sunday listen.


Moonrise Kingdom – official trailer

Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra – BBC iPlayer

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