Sally Potter made her first 8mm film aged fourteen. She has since written and directed nine feature films, as well as many short films (including Thriller and Play) and a television series, and has directed opera (Carmen for the ENO in 2007) and other live work. Her background is in choreography, music, performance art and experimental film. Orlando (1992), Sally Potter's bold adaptation of Virginia Woolf's classic novel, first brought her work to a wider audience. It was followed by The Tango Lesson (1996), The Man Who Cried (2000), Yes (2004), Rage (2009), Ginger & Rosa (2012) and The Party (2017).
Sally Potter has often contributed original music to her films, starting with Orlando for which she co-composed the score with David Motion, and including tracks on Yes, Rage and Ginger & Rosa.
Sally Potter is known for innovative form and risk-taking subject matter and has worked with many of the most notable cinema actors of our time. Sally Potter's films have won over forty international awards and received both Academy Award and BAFTA nominations. She has had full career retrospectives of her film and video work at the BFI Southbank, London, MoMA, New York, and the Cinematheque, Madrid. She was awarded an OBE in 2012. Her book Naked Cinema - Working with Actors was published by Faber & Faber in March, 2014.
Sally Potter co-founded her production company Adventure Pictures with producer Christopher Sheppard.
Milan Records announces the March 13 release of THE ROADS NOT TAKEN (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by the film's critically-acclaimed, award-winning director SALLY POTTER. Available for preorder now, the album includes music written by Potter for her new film and features long-term collaborator and guitarist Fred Frith, violinist Viktoria Mullova, cellist Matthew Barley, percussionist Paul Clarvis and bassist Misha Mullov-Abado. Alongside today's preorder is the lead offering from the soundtrack – listen to "Thinking" now. Making its debut at the Berlin International Film Festival and starring Javier Bardem and Elle Fanning, The Roads Not Taken will make its theatrical debut Friday, March 13 via Bleecker Street.
Sally Potter's film follows a day in the life of Leo (Javier Bardem) and his daughter, Molly (Elle Fanning), as he floats through alternate lives he could have lived, leading Molly to wrestle with her own path as she considers her future.
Sally Potter is an English composer as well as a director and screenwriter for the film and soundtrack "The Roads Not Taken." Charlotte Sally Potter was born in London to an artistic family and is also well known for award-winning film and album, "Orlando." The music she has produced for this Milan Records soundtrack has a range of titles that encompass the film's portrayal of twenty-four hours in the life of an anguished father and daughter.
Of the soundtrack, the film's director and composer Sally Potter says, "The music for ‘The Roads Not Taken' emerged as an extension of the scriptwriting process. Sitting in the editing room,watching the images shape and re-shape as the story found its final form, I could hear, in my inner ear, the unique sounds of some of my favorite musicians, including my long-term collaborator Fred Frith, whose electric guitars have graced many of my films. I wanted to bring his sound together with the extraordinary acoustic world of Viktoria Mullova's violin, Matthew Barley's cello, Paul Clarvis' percussion, and Misha Mullov-Abado's double bass."
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