International award winning film makers Native Voice Films commissioned Harry in the autumn of 2013 to create the score for their new feature documentary “The Auction House.” The film centres around an old auction house in Calcutta, The Russell Exchange. In the film we follow the Exchange’s owner, Anwer, recently back in Calcutta after a successful business career in the UK, in his efforts alongside cantankerous brother Arshad to get the place back on its feet. Under pressure from developers eager to turn it into a Playboy ‘gentlemen’s’ club, they’re trying to protect the jobs of families who have worked there for generations.
Working closely with director Ed Owles, Harry created an unusual score for this film. Although the film is based in Calcutta, they wanted to ensure the score didn’t sound too eastern or obvious in places. Instead, focus was put onto creating an enchanting score which captures the quirky atmosphere of The Russell Exchange and the streets of Calcutta. Harry used as many live instruments as possible, from slightly out of tune pianos and plenty of percussion to a saxophone quartet and even a live esraj player whom they recorded live in Calcutta.
You can hear a selection of Harry’s cues for The Auction House here:
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