First published in Clash magazine
Lalo Schifrin remains best known for the theme to Mission Impossible, but there are plenty of other treasures to be dug from his crates. Prior to dropping science with his astonishing accompaniment to San Fran crime caper Bullitt, a favourite with funk DJs, the composer notched up an Oscar nomination for his work on another Steve McQueen vehicle, Cool Hand Luke. The soundtrack encapsulates the dust and heat of its prison camp’s southern setting, throwing down everything from jazz to bluegrass, and some dynamite orchestral cues. “Each score is distinctive, with its own personality, but that’s one of my favourites,” he admits.

About Kingsley Marshall

Kingsley Marshall is Head of Film at the CILECT accredited School of Film & Television based within Falmouth University in the UK. The subject area consists of 28 staff working with 300 undergraduates studying the Skillset accredited BA (Hons) Film degree, supplemented by a postgraduate community studying from MA level through to PhD. Kingsley’s research and practice primarily orientates around the use of sound (including music and effects) in cinema and television, and the production of short and micro-budget feature films, executive producing Wilderness (Doherty, 2017) which won 11 awards at 16 international film festivals since making its premiere at Cinequest in 2017, and producing Project 18 (Mackfall, 2018), currently in post-production. For over twenty years he has worked as a journalist, interviewing filmmakers, musicians, and designers for over 30 publications and broadcasters worldwide, written album sleeve notes and biographies for over 100 artists, and contributed to anthologies on hip hop and soul. He can be found on Twitter as @kingsleydc