Watch: Barry Gibb Composes Original Song for Berlin Film Festival’s ‘Shepherds and Butchers’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Producer Anant Singh revealed Tuesday that Barry Gibb, co-founder of the Bee Gees, has composed the song “Angels” for Oliver Schmitz’s “Shepherds and Butchers,” which will have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on Feb. 13.

“Shepherds and Butchers,” which stars Steve Coogan (“Philomena”), Andrea Riseborough (“Birdman”) and Garion Dowds, is set at a time when apartheid is crumbling in South Africa. A hotshot lawyer faces his biggest test when he agrees to defend a white prison guard who has killed seven black men. What ensues is a compelling charge against the death penalty itself, in a case that changed history.

Gibb explained what spurred him to write the song: “We were just inspired by the film. The very thought of the way we all treat each other, and the inhumanity that we all tend to experience as a culture really struck us as profound, and of course, the film is profound. We do take a stand against capital punishment, and this is a cultural statement. Who enjoys the idea that we kill each other?”

“We travelled to Miami to screen the film for Barry and his family, as we knew he had strong views about the death penalty. They were so moved by the film that Barry wrote ‘Angels,’ which has complemented the message of the film. We felt that the song needed a strong South African flavor, and having Vusi Mahlasela, who is known as ‘The Voice’ of South Africa, perform with Barry, we achieved this resonance,” said Singh.

The track “Angels” plays over the closing credits of the film. It is written by Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb and Ashley Gibb, and performed by Vusi Mahlasela with Barry Gibb.

The song is published by Crompton Songs (BMI), Tune O Matic Songs (BMI) and Gee Son Songs (BMI). All rights are administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

The film is produced by Singh (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”) and Brian Cox (“Kite”) for Videovision Entertainment and Distant Horizon, and executive produced by Robert Naidoo, Sudhir Pragjee, Sanjeev Singh, Andrew Bonamour and Andrew Gill. WestEnd Films is handling international sales.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 3

Leave a Reply

3 Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. Steve harris says:

    One of the world’s best songwriters. Looking forward to seeing the film and seeing the song ANGELS on the charts.

  2. Katherie Lengyel says:

    I have always bee enammered and impressed by Barry Gibb and His wonderful talent and insights; his views are important to me too….as he was a large part of my emotional maturity growing-up..he and his brothers, Maurice, Robin and Andy!! I there any possible way you could print the words to ANGELS??? I would love to read them all

More Film News from Variety

Loading