Tess features original score and song by Grammy award winning composer Christopher Tin and local compose Ebrahim Mallum

10 February 2017


The feature film Tess, which goes on circuit on 24 February 2017, features an original score and theme song composed by the two-times Grammy Award winning composer and producer Christopher Tin and local composer Ebrahim Mallum.

In considering the film’s score, director Meg Rickards knew what she did not want, and that was a score that would tell audiences what to think. “It was a true privilege to work with incredibly talented musicians, who were inspirational in their collaborative approach”, says Rickards. “Christopher composed an exquisite score for Tess. It’s closely aligned to the character’s emotional journey without ever being on-the-nose or obvious.   Christopher works with emotion in a refreshingly subtle, non-prescriptive way”.

All the source music for the film was composed by Ebrahim Mallum, one of South Africa’s most talented composers and producers. “Mr Mallum brought a deeply authentic local layer to the music’s soundtrack; he’s got his finger firmly on the pulse of where South African contemporary music is at”, says Rickards.

The theme song, Tripping Electrics, composed by Tin and Mallum, is based on a passage from the book Whiplash by Tracey Farren on which the movie is based. Vocalist Akeeda Keet worked with the passage from the book, moulding it into lyrics for the song. “Akeeda’s haunting voice is used intermittently through the film as an abstract element”, says Rickards. “The only time she sings lyrics is during the end credit track, ‘Tripping Electrics’. While we were recording, I sat in the corner, behind Akeeda, moved to tears by the raw power of her voice”.

The film stars Christia Visser as Tess, Nollywood actress Nse Ikpe-Etim, Brendon Daniels and Dann Jacques Mouton. Lee-Ann van Rooi, Quanita Adams, Amanda Lane, Warrick Grier, Oscar Peterson, Mark Elderkin and Greg Kriek round out the cast.

Tess was funded by KykNET, the National Film and Video Foundation, the DTI and Thundafund. The film is distributed by Times Media Films.

View the trailer here

Source: Press Release 7 February 2017