Scottish post-rockers Mogwai are set to score the documentary Storyville: Atomic – Living in Dread and Promise. The documentary is part of the BBC Four Goes Nuclear series, which looks at the devastation the bomb wrecked on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which also acknowledging the technological gains it helped hasten. It coincides with the 70th anniversary of the bomb.
This is the fascinating synopsis of the documentary:
Seventy years ago this month the bombing of Hiroshima showed the appalling destructive power of the atomic bomb. Mark Cousins’ bold new documentary looks at death in the atomic age, but life too. Using only archive film and a new musical score by the band Mogwai, Atomic shows us an impressionistic kaleidoscope of our nuclear times: protest marches, Cold War sabre rattling, Chernobyl and Fukishima, but also the sublime beauty of the atomic world, and how X Rays and MRI scans have improved human lives. The nuclear age has been a nightmare, but dreamlike too.
Mogwai are no strangers to producing scores. A few years back they released the soundtrack for Les Revenants, a chilling score for the French zombie show of the same name. They were also responsible for injecting some further drama into Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait.
If the promise of Mogwai’s score isn’t enough to tempt you into watching, then catch the haunting trailer below: