Charlie Brooker's black comedy, from his third Black Mirror series for television, examines our increasingly close relationship with technology, set in a disturbingly identifiable near-future where our obsession with social media likes has reached a terrifying tipping-point. Directed by Joe Wright and written by Rashida Jones and Michael Schur (from Brooker's original story), it stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, James Norton and Cherry Jones.
Berlin-based composer Max Richter began work on the score, available on vinyl for the first time courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon, by meeting Wright to discuss the script and its themes, whose topicality appealed to him, with its references to literary classics that predicted the future, such as Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World. His powerfully emotional score mirrors the film's bleak but dream-like quality, where anxiety lurks constantly beneath the surface, underlining the mood of what is, essentially, a tragi-comedy.
Max recalls, "I decided to treat the near-future dystopia ‘Nosedive' as though the whole film were a dream. Therefore the score works as a kind of warm reassuring lullaby, continuously telling us that we are existentially safe, when in fact it is obvious that this is far from the case. The repeated and continuously pulsating music is intended to lull us into a kind of brainwashed state, so that, when the end comes, we too, along with the central character, are suddenly disenchanted, and therefore released."