“Room 36” Original Motion Picture Score
Limited Edition of 500 copies
Label: KMRCD 022
Film Date: 2002
Album Date: 2012
Jim Groom’s Room 36 is a project more than a decade into its making, starting from a humble short film that grew into an internationally recognized independent success and a famous cautionary tale for young filmmakers. The film is a noirish thriller/comedy about a cleaning-obsessed hitman, an MP, a dirty salesman and a prostitute who knocks on the wrong door. The music by Scott Benzie was recorded back in 2002 and was already featured in the film’s premiere in Cannes, getting more notice when the film finally had a commercial release in 2005. A year after Room 36‘s DVD premiere in 2010, KeepMoving Records finally releases the original soundtrack to the film, recorded by the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra in a record-breaking single day session. The original sessions were recorded by ace recording engineer Mike Ross-Trevor, but the CD features a new mix created especially for the album. Liner notes by Gergely Hubai provide insight into the film’s troubled production history and a lot of information about the score with new comments by director Jim Groom and composer Scott Benzie.