Gavin Friday composes music for Anton Corbijn documentary

Gavin Friday has composed music for a new documentary about Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn by director Klaartje Quirijns.

“Anton Corbijn Inside Out” is an intimate and revealing portrait of an influential artist and the result of almost four years of filming by Quirijns. The documentary features appearances by many of the artists Corbijn has worked with including Lou Reed, George Clooney, U2, Metallica and Depeche Mode.

Quirijns calls Corbijn “the kingmaker of the modern gods, the way he has defined the image of the likes of U2 and Depeche Mode and has given them the face that the public has come to know.”

The score for “Anton Corbijn Inside Out” was composed by by Gavin Friday, with Jolyon Vaughan Thomas and additional composition by Herbie Macken. Quirijns and Corbijn had approached Gavin when he played at the Crossing Border festival in The Hague late 2011 to request his involvement:

Gavin Friday: “Corbijn’s work first hit me in the head via the infamous Joy Division NME cover in the late ’70’s. His photographs and his masterful expressionistic videos were for me as poignant and as important as the music and the bands and artists he worked with.

“I first met Anton in the early 1980’s and immediately bonded with the ‘Long Man from the Lowlands’. He became a very good friend. Earlier this year we composed the score for Klaartje Quirijns’ intimate ‘fly on the wall’ documentary “Inside Out”.

“It’s a beautiful and honest film showing Anton as he is rarely seen: at work, alone and with his family, a very quietly poignant and moving portrait. Hopefully we captured some of the essence of this great man in our music.”

The 80-minute documentary premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2012 and is on general release in The Netherlands from March 22.

Gavin has also recently been involved with Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s film “This Must Be The Place” (starring Sean Penn, Frances McDormand and Eve Hewson). The soundtrack of the movie features Gavin Friday’s song “Lord I’m Coming”. “This Must Be The Place” is released in Ireland on March 23 and April 6 in the UK.

Watch the trailer for “Anton Corbijn Inside Out”:


  1. Rebecca Evans on March 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Excuse me, What is he saying?

    • Caroline on March 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      There’s a three paragraph quote in this article.