Whale Music (film)
|Directed by||Richard J. Lewis|
|Produced by||Steven DeNure
|Written by||Paul Quarrington
Richard J. Lewis
The film stars Maury Chaykin as Desmond Howl, a former rock star who has lived in seclusion in a seaside mansion since the death of his brother Danny (Paul Gross) in a car accident. Howl spends his time composing a symphonic masterpiece for the whales who congregate in the ocean near his property. His reason for this is revealed in the title of one of his songs, "Have You Seen My Brother?" — Danny died by losing control of his car and driving off a cliff into the ocean.
One day, however, Howl awakens to find Claire (Cyndy Preston), a mysterious young woman, in his living room. Although Howl's world is disrupted, Claire ends up inspiring him to complete the symphony, to write his first great pop song in years, and to begin seeking connections with people again.
The character of Desmond Howl is based largely on Brian Wilson.
Music for the film was written by Rheostatics and released on the soundtrack album Music from the Motion Picture Whale Music. The song "Claire" was a Top 40 hit for the band in 1995. Quarrington had chosen the Rheostatics to compose the soundtrack because he had liked their 1992 album Whale Music, which was itself inspired by Quarrington's novel.
|Award||Date of ceremony||Category||Recipient(s) and nominee(s)||Result||Ref(s)|
|Genie Awards||1994||Best Motion Picture||Whale Music||Nominated|
|Best Achievement in Direction||Lewis, Richard J.Richard J. Lewis||Nominated|
|Best Actor in a Leading Role||Chaykin, MauryMaury Chaykin||Won|
|Best Adapted Screenplay||Quarrington, PaulPaul Quarrington and Richard J. Lewis||Nominated|
|Best Overall Sound||Powell, DarylDaryl Powell, Dean Giammarco, Bill Sheppard and Paul A. Sharpe||Won|
|Best Sound Editing||Shumiatcher, CalCal Shumiatcher, Eric Hill, Marti Richa, Issac Strozberg and Shane Shemko||Won|
|Best Original Score||Blondheim, GeorgeGeorge Blondheim||Nominated|
|Best Original Song||Rheostatics, "Claire"||Won|
|Best Original Song||Rheostatics, "Song of Courtship"||Nominated|
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