Audible Success & Honorable Mention at Jackson Wild

Jackson Hole/Vienna. On 1 October, the winners of the Jackson Wild Media Awards – regarded as the “Oscars” of the nature film branch – were announced in a hybrid awards ceremony. Terra Mater Factual Studios are proud to walk away with a special award: Best Original Music Score for THE BASTARD KING.

Winner of the Original Music Score category, THE BASTARD KING chronicles the life of a lion from cub to adulthood, as he battles against the unimaginable enemy that is ravaging his world. Director Owen Prumm followed the Bastard King through the savannah for 12 whole years.
The visually stunning journey is a clarion call for help, which resonates with themes of racial disharmony and an environmental impact that goes beyond any individual’s ability to grasp or solve. With hybridized storytelling and its raw, intense soundtrack, the film sets out to convey the viewpoint that time is running out – not just for the king of the beasts, but for all mankind.

THE BASTARD KING, a Terra Mater Factual Studios & Bonne Pioche Télévision & Shibumi Films co-production, was set to music by the French musicians Laurent Garnier and Pierre Lefeuvre, alias Saycet.

The union of these two electronic forces led to an outstanding soundtrack, which frees itself from the usual constraints of music meant to accompany images. The 19 tracks make it easy to imagine the scenarios that emerge from the footage: whether the voluptuous sweetness of sound at the birth of the future king, or the deep auditory darkness of killing scenes. Lots of contrasts and changes of rhythm in the soundtrack of THE BASTARD KING reflect the dramatic life of this king of the savannah. Under the French title LE ROI BÂTARD, the full soundtrack is available to download from all major music streaming providers or from Saycet’s Bandcamp site.

Another TMFS-production got a special honor from the Jackson Wild jury: SNOW LEOPARDS AND FRIENDS  received an Honorable Mention for standing out for a unique and important aspect outside the standard category criteria. Snow Leopards is a TMFS co-production with Mark Fletcher Productions and Wild China Films.