Alastair McNamara

Composer for Film, TV and Games

The Other Fellow

60 years after an ornithologist’s name was stolen by author Ian Fleming for Agent 007, we meet a group of modern-day men struggling to live life with the name James Bond - and one woman who uses it to escape a dangerous predicament.

Featuring James Bonds from around the world - including a gay New York theatre director, a Swedish Bond superfan, an African-American accused of murder and the ornithologist’s untold story - THE OTHER FELLOW follows their efforts to reclaim their personal, sexual, racial, historical and cultural identities from the shadow of the ‘007 phenomena’.

Director Matthew Bauer shot the film over a 10 year period between the releases of Skyfall and No Time To Die, after contacting hundreds of James Bonds on social media and finding the film’s top secret female character who ties the other stories together. His genre-bending documentary begins with the observational comedy of Christopher Guest before a series of unexpected twists and turns end the film on a note akin to a Christopher Nolan thriller. Released during the 60th Anniversary of the James Bond films - it arrives at a key moment where the other James Bond’s relevance in today’s world is under constant re-evaluation.

The first challenge for the music in The Other Fellow was to grapple with the iconic musical legacy of the James Bond franchise in a way which helped to tell the story of these ordinary men. I sought to blend the more traditional orchestral sounds associated with Bond which could be used to speak to the global spread of the name and the glamour of the franchise (and occasionally to poke fun at our unlikely heroes), with distorted, electrical synth textures threaded with grains of clean guitar tones to speak to the all encompassing media cloud of 007, which hangs constantly over them. The music also had the unique problem of 'fictionalising' these men's lives. This was useful to the extent that it gave the audience an insight into the characters' experience - the Bond franchise imposes its fiction onto their lives every day, however it became a problem when dealing with heavier, more serious subjects and I had to explore new, darker, more textural musical vocabularies to address the stories about race and domestic violence for example. I was also eager to embrace a thematic approach to scoring The Other Fellow, not just because the Bond films remain one of the last franchises to continue its thematic legacy, but also because the story follows many different characters across continents over a decade, and I felt this approach would help to keep these storylines distinct whilst also unifying them for the audience. 

Festivals

Doc Edge Festival 2022 - Life Unscripted Official Selection

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2022 - Official Selection

Dinard Festival of British Cinema 2022 - Official Selection

Credits

Director: Matthew Bauer

Producers: Matthew Bauer, Michelle Brøndum, Gerald JC Crump, Jennifer Eriksson Costa Vakas, Jasper Knight (Exec.), Julian Meagher (Exec.)

Screenwriters: Matthew Bauer & Rene van Pannevis

Director of Photography: Kiran Chitanvis

Credits

Production Designer: Laetitia Gangotena

Editor: Lesley Posso

Composer: Alastair McNamara

Sound Designer: Miles Sullivan & Zoltán Kadnár

Production Company: The Other Fellow Limited & Jante Films

TEASE

TEASE is a documentary made in extraordinary circumstances about an extraordinary website - Only Fans: a social media platform like any other, except for the fact that the content is 'adult' and customers pay for the content. In early 2020, director Jessica Brady set out to make a film following a new contributor setting up a profile on the site, but when the first COVID lockdown hit, she turned the camera on herself. She instead found out first hand how a platform like this can take over your life, when your living is made in your bedroom and OnlyFans is always calling from your pocket.

In the score, I sought to reflect the fast-paced, contemporary energy of the film, whilst slowly pulling you down the rabbit hole with Jess and plumbing darker depths towards the end of the documentary. Pulling on drum sounds from Trap music to reflect the platform in the beginning, and then darker, more ambient synth and guitar textures in the latter half, vocals were used to bridge the gap between these two sounds worlds. From Trappy vocal chops through to haunting chordal swells at the end of the film

Festivals

Grierson Awards 2021 - Winner of Best Student Film

Underwire Festival 2022 - Official Selection

Credits

Director: Jessica Brady

Producers: Jessica Brady & Danielle Goff

Editor: Lesley Posso

Production Manager: Fabiana Tesauro

Credits

Composer: Alastair McNamara

Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer: Henry Sims

Colourist/Online Editor: Nigel Tadyanehondo

Seabird

Seabird is a Science and Natural History Documentary, which balances communicating important truths with poetic storytelling, using the human experience to say something about our planet. All the voice over in the film is taken from a single interview with Adam Nicolson, an author whose experience visiting the Shiant Isles off the coast of Scotland growing up led to a life long love for Seabirds and made him who he is today.

For Seabird’s score, I was lucky enough to have the chance to record a live orchestra at AIR studios in London. I wanted to make the most of that precious opportunity, using the full range of the Orchestra from cadenza like solos through to full orchestral tuttis, speaking to the modesty of the single puffin through to the sweeping majesty of the ocean. Follow this link to listen to the soundtrack album on Spotify.

Festivals

Indy Shorts Film Festival 2021 - Selection

Jackson Wild™ Media Awards 2021 - Student Film, Finalist

Green Screen International Wildlife Film Festival 2021 - Audience Award Best Short Film, Nomination

Innsbruck Nature Film Festival 2021 - Best Short Film, Winner

Ireland Wildlife Film Festival 2021 - Best Student Short Film, Winner & Best of Fest, Winner

New York WILD Film Festival 2022 - Best Student Film, Winner

Credits

Director & Cinematographer: Conor Ferris

Narrator: Adam Nicholson

Editor: Zak Lawrence-Earey

Composer: Alastair McNamara

Credits

Sound Designer: Grace Wong

Colourist: Francis Quereshi

Titles: Georgia Heath

Additional Photography: Jake Davison, John Davies, George Pretty & Kate Wallace