White Boy Rick

Ambience, electronica, drone, soundtrack music, classical and even post rock motifs are combined in the dynamic and transcendent score for the film ‘White Boy Rick’ directed by Yann Demange and starring Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The film is set in 1980s Detroit amidst the crack epidemic and war on drugs and is based on the true story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr., an undercover informant for the FBI. Machine-made sounds growl, pulse, swell and subside in the score, capturing the murky urban menace of a criminal underbelly. At points these soundscape compositions creep up to offer an edge-of-seat experience. Elsewhere, beams of beauty and love shine through the darkness, with pieces like ‘Nonviolent Offender’, ‘Baby Keisha’ and ‘I Got Everything I Need In Life’ that capture something more pure and human.

‘an extraordinary work of artistic craft’

-The Line of Best Fit