Beesley composes The Emperor's WifeThe British actor Max Beesley agreed to compose the soundtrack of THE EMPEROR’S WIFE. Besides composing he is playing one of the leading roles as the Emperor.
Beesley who is mostly known as an actor (GLITTER, THE LAST MINUTE) is also a respected musician. As son of the British jazz drummer Maxton Beesley and jazz singer Chris Marlowe he started his musical career as a session musician with a variety of groups including Take That, George Michael and Jamiroquai, playing drums and keyboard.
While shooting the sumptuous ballroom sequence which will be opening THE EMPEROR’S WIFE, the director Julien Vrebos (LE BAL MASQUÉ) heard Max playing a tune on the piano which was exactly in the atmosphere he wanted for the film. “As surprised as I was, I immediately asked Max if he wanted to compose the soundtrack. Max first assumed that I asked him to play the piano in this ballroom scène, but when I explained what I meant he reacted very enthusiastically”, said Vrebos.
The shootings of THE EMPEROR’S WIFE ended just before Christmas and is now in the last state of post-production and is expected to be in the Dutch theatres in September 2003.