Dear Margaret Atwood and Sarah Polley…
Dear Ms. Atwood and Ms. Polley,I was so excited to hear that Sarah Polley would be making Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace into a movie. I know I’m not the only one who imagined how the book would unfold on film, although I’m probably just one of a handful to wonder how the quilts will feature in it. I think I’m also excited about this movie for a pretty unique reason, though, and it’s been in my thoughts for several years.
Alias Grace has been my favourite book since I bought the paperback years ago and thinking of seeing it come to life on a big screen has been a mindbender. Back in my Vox blogging days I even wrote a post outlining my perfect cast – I had selected Jason Bateman as Dr. Jordan and Jennifer Saunders as Mrs. Humphrey. And before that I composed an 8-minute classical instrumental in 4 movements inspired by this novel called “Celebrated Murderess”, which I have posted on Twitter and @MargaretAtwood re-tweeted a few times back in May (thank you, again, for that re-tweet!).
And so, unlike most who are following the production of this movie, I would like to contribute music to it. I have been wanting to write music for the film version of Alias Grace for so long that when I heard, years ago, Mr. Brownlow would be writing the screenplay for it I tried contacting him. But those were the days before Twitter and Facebook and it was not as easy to connect with people, and I had no reply to my email. This has not deterred me – it has only made me more passionate about wanting to score your film.
Here are some reasons why my songs would be perfect in the Alias Grace movie:
- I live in York Region, where the Kinnear/Montgomery murders happened
- I am not just a fan – I know that book inside-out (this here blog, The Quilts of Alias Grace, is but one example). I’ve literally read my copy to pieces
- I can write for an entire orchestra, as well as compose for individual instruments (like simple flute songs for Jamie’s porch performances)
- I have mad songwriting skillz
- My songs are conductor-ready, with full sheet music – just need the orchestra
- I’m a member of SOCAN and ASCAP (and PWAC too)
- “Celebrated Murderess” is just one example of the haunting, lush pieces I have written and I’m known for composing – others inspired by Alias Grace and Margaret Atwood are Such as the Angels Tell, Nobody’s Widow, Charis Rising, and (a personal favourite) The Ropemaker’s Daughter
Please note: All songs are mp3s streamed from another site – please get in touch if you have any issues with streaming or wish to download the files.