2016 three CD collection. 10cc's witty and satiric brand of tongue-in-cheek art pop sustained their reputation for being poignant songwriters for the entirety of their existence. They have notched up over 15 million album sales in the UK and frontman Graham Gouldman has been the recipient of three Ivor Novello Awards for achievements in songwriting. This collection features two #1 hits and a selection of prime cuts taken from across a very strong back catalog and features rare live versions of some of the band's most well-known tracks.
Film Works is the accompaniment to last year's sublime Piano Works and embodies many of Armstrong's finest moments, including arrangements from Baz Lurhmann's 'Romeo and Juliet', for which he won a Bafta and Ivor Novello Award, and 'Moulin Rouge', for which he won a Golden Globe, Ivor Novello and American Institute Award. He notched up a third Ivor Novello for his music for Philip Noyce's 'The Quiet American'. Also on the album are arrangements from his scores for 'Ray', 'Love Actually', 'Plunkett and MacLeane', 'Cruel Intentions' and 'The Bone Collector'. The album closes with Craig's arrangement of the classic 'Clair de Lune' for the recent high profile 'Chanel No.5' ad starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Craig's long time cohort, Baz Luhrmann.
Documentary presented by writer Tim Kendall which tells the remarkable story of the First World War soldier-poet who broke all the rules. Ivor Gurney wasn't an officer but a private who bizarrely joined up in the hope that the ordered army life would help ease a mental health condition. Initially this shock therapy worked, but he was eventually shot and gassed and spent the last 15 years of his life in an asylum. Yet the poetry he wrote there is uniquely powerful - capturing the experience of the ordinary soldier - and the film argues that it is the equal of the work of any of the more well-known soldier-poets of WWI. Gurney was also an accomplished composer and all the music used in the film is his, some of it hauntingly written on the Western Front.