Rachel Portman on Never Let Me Go

The English film composer Rachel Portman is part of an elite group of female music Oscar winners. Barbra Streisand, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Carly Simon have all been awarded for Best Song, but Rachel Portman is the only woman to have won in the Best Original Score category.

Her latest project - the music for Never let Me Go - is released on 11 February, so was too late to be considered for the Oscars this time round, but who knows for next year.

Never Let Me Go, starring Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield, tells the story of three children growing up in an English boarding school, coming to terms with the strength of their love for one another, and a haunting secret.

Rachel Portman talks to Bob Jones about the soundtrack, working with director Mark Romanek, her musical influences and the music she writes beyond the silver screen.

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