SELECTION OF FILMS
MAD DETECTIVE Johnnie To – Ka FaiWai (MilkyWay, Universe) HK 2007
SPARROW Johnnie To (Milkyway, Universe) HK 2008
SOUND OF NOISE Nilsson / Simmonson (Kostr/Bliss, Wild Bunch) SE 2010
LES VOIES IMPENETRABLES Noémie Saglio (La Parisienne des Images, Canal +) FR 2011
THE LIFEGUARD Liz Garcia (La Pistola Films, Focus Features) US 2013
LES AMIS A VENDRE Gaëtan Bevernaege (Kien Productions, Arte) FR 2013
CONNASSE TV SERIES Lang / Saglio (Silex Films, Canal+) FR 2013
REGN Nilsson (Kostr Films) SE 2014
LES BETISES Rose et Alice Philippon (ASA/Rézo Films) FR 2015
CONNASSE PRINCESSE DES COEURS feature film (Silex Films, LG, Gaumont) FR 2015
ANISSA 2002 Fabienne Facco (Magnetic Films, Stuff Movies) FR 2015
UN ECHO TEMPOREL Albert Moya (M2Malletier) SP 2016
JUKAI Gabrielle Lissot (Autour de Minuit, Arte) FR2016
LASTMAN TV SERIES J.Perrin (Everybody on Deck, France TV) FR 2016
THE CHASE Edouard Mortec FR 2017
LARGUEES Eloïse Lang (Estrella, Pathé) FR 2018
JE NE SUIS PAS UN HOMME FACILE Eléonore Pourriat (Invaders, Netflix) FR/US 2018
– 2002 : Winner of Prix Constantin (French equivalent of Mercury Prize) “most amazing album of the year” award for – “That Horse must be starving” a film-oriented electro-pop album . Mainly experimenting with sounds and software, Avril toured the album at events such as the Montreux Jazz Festival. Collaborations including: Nouvelle Vague, DJ Chloé, Archive, Hollywood mon Amour (feat. Juliette Lewis)
– 2008 : Best film music nomination at Hong Kong Film Festival and Golden Horse for Johnnie To’s “Sparrow” soundtrack (with Xavier Jamaux). Avril provided over 40 minutes of the score for the film, which broke China’s box-office record of 5 million within three days.
– 2010 : Winner of Stockholm Film Festival Music Award for Swedish-French comedy-crime film “SOUND OF NOISE” – “With great innovation and skill, the score elevates the story to becoming a unique, entertaining and magical film.”
As a singer / songwriter / producer / multi-instrumentalist, Fred Avril has been majorly influenced by film scoring over the years. After earning international praise for his two albums, one of which earned him the prestigious Constantin Prize (the French equivalent of the Mercury Prize), new adventures awaited him.
Hong Kong acclaimed director Johnnie To asked the Frenchman who had collaborated on the “Mad Detective” soundtrack (along with Xavier Jamaux) to join his upcoming quasi-musical “Sparrow”. A year later, Sparrow’s soundtrack was nominated at both the Hong-Kong Awards and Tai-Pei Awards, the film being an official Berlinale and a box-office hit in China. Impressed with the final scene: ten minutes of music, a ballet for pickpockets and umbrellas composed by Avril, Swedish Six Drummers, known for their online videos, asked him to bring musical life to their sonic experiments and create the score for “Sound of Noise”, their first feature. Once again, the score was an essential component to the story featuring musicians rebelling against conformity who plot a “sonic bombing”. The film received various prizes and the score won the Stockholm Music Award. Working closely with a director, defining a sound identity for each character, composing chords for a particular scene, highlighting the sensations delivered on screen, have become a frantic yet riveting exercise and the blueprint for most of Avril’s works.
French projects followed: “Les voies impénétrables” for Canal+, “Les amis à vendre” for Arte, or the heavy-hitter “Connasse, princesse des Coeurs”. Brilliantly combining influences like Mancini and Morricone with more contemporary ones like Cliff Martinez (closer to his own albums) or The Polyphonic Spree (“Thumbsucker”), Avril skillfully fuses together different styles. Recently, Avril signed on to compose for the indie feature “The Lifeguard” with Kristen Bell (Sundance).
From vocal pop to classical arrangements, on a guitar or piano, switching smoothly from digital tools to charts, Avril is a complete “sound director”. As a kid he enjoyed getting lost in “La planète sauvage” OST (Alain Goraguer, 1973), and as a young adult he was exposed to the rich and vast world of film music. It only seems natural that he has come full-circle with this lifelong passion.