Five months in the making, Flows is a new nature documentary that examines the remarkable links between some of the world’s aquatic ecosystems. Director Klaus Thymann takes the audience on a never-before-seen journey into the deep blue seas, focusing on the Yucatan Peninsula in Quintana Roo, Mexico, diving down over a kilometre into the unknown.
Yorke’s soundtrack, a fusion of smooth electronica that both he and his band are synonymous for, fits the visuals to great effect. The message behind the film is as timely as ever. With water connecting everything around us, the devastation caused by pollution, over-population and increasing tourism is most evident on the dwindling barrier reefs and coral in international seas. The knock-on effect on rain forests is also explored, considered alongside political and economical corruption at the highest levels of government.
Nature documentaries have recently featured an increasing number of high-profile composers and musicians on their soundtracks. BBC’s Planet Earth II, David Attenborough’s award-winning follow-up to his original series, had pieces written by The Dark Knight composer Hans Zimmer. It’s also not the first time Thom Yorke has worked on film scores. He wrote ‘Hearing Damage’, which featured in the The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) as well as a version of ‘Analyse’ in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige (2006). Yorke will be releasing his first, full solo soundtrack album for Suspiria later this year.
Fellow Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has enjoyed considerable success with his own soundtracks for the likes of There Will Be Blood (2007), The Master (2012) and the Oscar-nominated Phantom Thread (2017).
Film premiere: Flows with music by Thom Yorke
Where: Miranda, Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
When: Wednesday May 16 at 7pm
The screening takes place on May 16 and will be followed by a Q&A with the director. For more information and to book tickets, visit the Ace Hotel booking page.