Rachel Portman is currently writing the music for the upcoming British drama Private Peaceful. The film is directed by Pat O’Connor and stars Jack O’Connell, George Mackay, Alexander Roach, Richard Griffiths and Frances de la Tour. The movie set in the fields of Devon and the WWI battlefields of Flanders is based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse) and tells the story of two brothers who fall in love with the same girl. Simon Reade adapted the material for the screen and is also producing the film with Guy de Beaujeu. No word yet on whether any music by Mark Knopfler who was announced as the film’s composers by various news outlets last years will still be featured in the film. Pat O’Connor previously worked with composers including Michael Kamen (Circle of Friends, Inventing the Abbotts) and Christopher Young (Sweet November). Private Peaceful is expected to be released later this year in the UK.

Portman is coming off a busy year, in which she scored several films, including One Day and the box office hit The Vow, which is currently playing in theaters. Also out in theaters this month in the UK is the period drama Bel Ami and a soundtrack featuring the composer’s music

  1. Justin Boggan says:

    I simply MUST hear what ever (if any) Knopfler recorded. Somebody needs to get cracking releasing his effort.