Potter, Nick Cave and Me
working as a receptionist and dump truck driver, film music
supervisor Matt Biffa is now responsible for one of the most
talked about scenes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Over the weekend of 19th-21st November 2010, Harry Potter
and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 grossed £18.32m at the UK box
office, the biggest ever three-day opening in the UK since
Quantum of Solace took £15.38m in 2008, and the biggest three-day
opening for a Harry Potter film since Goblet of Fire’s £14.93m
in November 2005.
perhaps the darkest chapter of the Potter series, a magical
moment in a magical final penultimate comes in a scene written
specially for it: a scene where Harry and Hermione share a
dance in complete seclusion, in a tent, out in the wilderness.
Soundtracked by an obscure yet beautiful Nick Cave and the
Bad Seeds song, O Children playing on a crackly radio, the
scene has become one of the most talked about scenes of the
series so far.
Which other songs were on your shortlist to Yates and what
were your reasons for pitching them?
"If I may I’d like to keep the songs secret, but here
are some of the other artists that I pitched: Elliott Smith,
Gram Parsons, Scott Walker, Mark Lanegan, Ryan Adams, Oasis,
Otis Redding, James Carr, Carina Round, Spiritualized, Radiohead,
Beck, Fleet Foxes, The Carpenters, Sia, Paul Weller, Tim Buckley,
Blur, The Faces, The Verve, Mew, Elbow, Cherry Ghost, PJ Harvey,
Pink Floyd, Flaming Lips, Guillemots, The Gutter Twins, Massive
Attack, Silversun Pickups, Blind Faith, Mercury Rev, Anthony
& the Johnsons, Air, Athlete.
"I had early demos of Florence & the Machine. Nick Drake
was in there. Oh, and Queens of the Stone Age. There were
hundreds of songs…all of them were emotional, poignant, and
moving in some way. It probably wasn’t very good for me –
you know, my life was falling apart, and I was listening to
all these massively sad songs."