Composer Mac Quayle on American Crime Story, working with Ryan Murphy, and more

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More established composers mention this to up and coming composers, saying it’s really important that you develop your own voice, it’s really important to have a singular voice. I heard it a lot and so I think maybe it’s a little bit of a daunting target to hit.

And so it’s not something I’ve really set out to [do, thinking that] I need to develop this voice. Rather I just do the work that I’ve been asked to do and I try to be as creative as possible and try to do something unique if I can, and I’m making decisions while doing that that are inferred from my own experiences and my own tastes and life and all of that, and so hopefully the final product then does have this, some sort of stamp on it that you might able to identify as my voice.

I spoke with Mac Quayle a while back about American Crime StoryThe Assassination of Gianni Versace, as well as – across a wider discussion of his history of collaborations with Ryan Murphy – American Horror Story, Feud, and Scream Queens.

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Everything you need to know about Feud: Bette and Joan

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Feud: Bette and Joan is an eight part drama, focusing on the lives of Hollywood stars and bitter rivals Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. When Joan Crawford realises that Hollywood doesn’t offer any good acting roles for a woman her age, she starts to push for an adaptation of the novel What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? – looking for the part that will help her hang on to her stardom. 

For the project to succeed and get financial backing, though, she needs to convince her long-term rival and star in her own right Bette Davis to join the adaptation. The series covers their collaboration and disputes, as well as the challenges of working in 1960s Hollywood.

Here’s my article on Feud: Bette and Joan, starting soon on BBC Two. In the end, I never quite got around to watching Feud, which is a shame, since it looked quite good. Fun fact, though: Alfred Molina is the cousin of one of my old economics teachers! Isn’t that a fun fact? Said economics teacher was something of an actor himself, actually. He was in Age of UltronFlorence Foster Jenkins, Rogue One, Now You See Me, and Wonder Woman. And quite a few more actually, he was pretty prolific.

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