Dan Romer, “Beasts of No Nation”

October 16, 2015 at 6:18 pm

JBwithDanRomerSCLThe new Netflix film Beasts of No Nation has already been acclaimed as a riveting, sometimes tough-to-watch chronicle of an African boy trained as a soldier in a rebel army. Last night, after a Society of Composers & Lyricists screening of Cary Fukunaga’s film, I had the pleasure of interviewing composer Dan Romer (whose other well-known film, 2012’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, also dealt with a child in dire circumstances). Romer spoke eloquently and candidly about the challenges of creating music that didn’t suggest the locale or push the emotions, but subtly reflected the boy’s confusion and occasional horror.