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The Man Who Invented Christmas Soundtrack Released November 17

Score by Academy Award-Winning Composer Mychael Danna

Starring Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer and Jonathan Pryce, Film Opens November 22

09 NOVEMBER 2017 (Toronto, ON) – The season’s most anticipated holiday film, The Man Who Invented Christmas, is heralded by its soundtrack, penned by Academy award-winning Canadian composer Mychael Danna, available November 17 via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.

Written to propel the action unfolding as Charles Dickens sets to work on writing A Christmas Carol, the score is also produced by Danna, Academy Award and Golden Globe® winner for Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi. Recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music, Danna learned his craft at the University of Toronto, earning the school’s inaugural Glenn Gould Composition Award in 1985. Honoured with Genie awards for Deepa Mehta’s Water and four of his scores for Atom Egoyan’s films (Ararat, Felicia’s Journey, The Sweet Hereafter, and Exotica), Danna also received an Emmy Award® for his music written for World Without End.

Creating a fresh soundtrack to the seemingly familiar Dickensian world of mid-nineteenth century England posed a tempting creative challenge for Danna, who employed conventional period forms and a brilliant ensemble of virtuoso orchestral players, in a melodic and energetic style. “I’m always looking for the heart of the story…and there is so much here that’s relatable for most any artist,” reflects Danna, who is tasked with illuminating Dickens’s character – defined here by boundless enthusiasm and energy…combined with every author’s nightmare: paralyzing writer’s block. “Expressing these conflicting propulsions and obstacles via music is immensely gratifying.”

In theatres November 22, The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day), the film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

MYCHAEL DANNA is an Academy Award®-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. Danna received the 2013 Golden Globe®and 2013 Oscar® for scoring Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, following his collaborations with Lee on The Ice Storm in 1997 and Ride with the Devil, in 1999. His other celebrated collaborations include those with Bennett Miller on his multiple Oscar®-nominee Moneyball, in 2011 and his Oscar®-winning drama Capote, in 2005; with Terry Gilliam on his Oscar®-nominated The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, in 2009 and Tideland, in 2005; with Mira Nair on Vanity Fair, in 2004, Monsoon Wedding, in 2001 and Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, in 1996; and with Billy Ray on Breach, in 2007 and Shattered Glass, in 2003. Danna’s credits also include the 2006 Oscar®-winning Little Miss Sunshine, for which he shared a Grammy® Award nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album; Marc Webb’s acclaimed romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer in 2009; and James Mangold’s 1999 Oscar®-winning film Girl, Interrupted.

Mychael also scored (with his brother Jeff) the 2015 Pixar animated feature The Good Dinosaur, as well as the Oscar®-nominated short preceding the film, Sanjay’s Super Team.

For television Mychael won an Emmy® for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score) for World Without End and was Emmy® nominated along with his brother composer Jeff Danna for their work on the TV series Tyrant as well as Camelot.

Recent projects for Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna include the animated film The Breadwinner and Margaret Atwood dramatization of Alias Grace for Netflix.

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  1. Curtain Up
  2. Three Flops Later 
  3. Do The Needful
  4. Damned Expensive Being a Gentleman
  5. Charlie and the Necromancer
  6. Are There No Workhouses?
  7. Humbug
  8. Only 6 Weeks
  9. You Wish to Borrow More?
  10. Scrooge Appears
  11. Marley
  12. Lighten the Burden of Another 
  13. Ghost of Christmas Past 
  14. The Second Ghost
  15. Well, It's Forster 

  16. Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come 

  17. Time You Went Back to Devon, Father 

  18. Still Don't Have an Ending
  19. Than Your Own Flesh and Blood
  20. Whose Grave is That? 

  21. The Final Chapter
  22. A Gift From Your Father
  23. Who's Going to Carve the Turkey?
  24. Exactly As I Had Imagined
  25. The Germans Call It ATannenbaum
  26. In The Season of Hope