Amidst the dreaming spires of a British university, an international composer struggles to deserve his reputation and seal his career with a modern Requiem, only to find it raises more ghosts and more strife than it lays to rest.
International composer Peter Pilger faces the challenge of his life:
To deliver a Requiem for his former college St Jude’s in time for the Memorial Celebrations while facing down revelations about his past and living up to his new authority as High Master.
Freighted in to lead his struggling alma mater through the rising tides of university fees, student unrest and political correctness, the wayward pop star turned composer neglects his reclusive wife and ungovernable teenage kids to turn upside down the institution he is meant to rescue.
But it is not from his misspent youth as an undergraduate at St Jude’s and not from the modern student body that his biggest trial emerges, but from the kitchens, where a time bomb ticks amongst the migrant college staff in the dazzling cellist Anastasiya, who remembers more about him than he does.
His Requiem lays nothing to rest. Not his libido. Not even his conscience.
Filmed on location, August 2015 at the Founder’s Building Royal Holloway (RHUL), Egham, Surrey.
‘Requiem’ Soundtrack Release 10th April
The ‘Requiem for the Living’ by Fiona Howe will be released on 10th April on itunes and digital platforms worldwide, ahead of the film’s launch in July.
Length/format: 100′ feature/Arri Amira/DCP
Genre: Love story
Script: Gareth Jones
Director: Gareth Jones
Producers: Fiona Howe, Simon Higman
Cast: Gareth Jones, Clare Grogan, Alisa Liubarskaya, Timothy West, Mamta Kaash, Julian Gallant, Camilla Gregorovitch, Neville Dean, Alison Rayner, Henry Stobart, Pandora Jones, Raphael Jones, Tom Chippendale, Thomas Jencks
Featuring the Chapel Choir of Royal Holloway, University of London
Executive Producers: Daniela Berghahn, Jonathan Powell, Gareth Jones
Associate Producers: Alex Ryle, Mamta Kaash
Director of Photography: Alex Ryle
Sound Recordist: Mustafa Bal
Music Composer: Fiona Howe
Picture Editor: Nadav Elovic
Sound Editor: Mustafa Bal
Costume Designer: Linda Haysman
Make-up Designer: Elizabeth Arklie
Director of Music: Julian Gallant
Choirmaster: Rupert Gough
Music Recording Engineer: Wes Maebe
Colourist/Online Editor: Malcolm Ellison
First Assistant Cameraman: Jason Wingrove
Gaffer: Jazz Bhalla
Head of Production: Emily Perrier
Production Executive: Keith Buckman
1st Assistant Director: Eleanor Lambert