Still from The Passion of Joan of Arc
Still from The Passion of Joan of Arc

This is the first in a series of blog posts charting my journey in composing a new score for “The Passion of Joan of Arc” (Dir. Carl Th. Dreyer, 1928). As I write about my journey and relationship with this film I hope to bring it to a new audience, shedding light on its significance for those unfamiliar with it, bringing new perspectives to existing fans and reaching deeper levels of understanding and relationship myself as I progress.

I first witnessed The Passion of Joan of Arc at a screening at Union Chapel, Islington, London in 2014. The screening featured…


This is the second article in an ongoing exploration of ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ (Dir. Carl Th. Dreyer, 1928), as I prepare to compose a new score for this incredible silent classic. Please subscribe for further updates and insights.

In my first article in this series I shared my belief that ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’, with its omission of certain historical information, speaks broadly to the deeper dynamics of injustice and oppression, creating opportunities for modern interpretation and maintaining timeless relevance.

One of the key points of conflict in the film is the matter of Joan’s…

Derek Kirkup

Film Composer, Life Muser, Soul Searcher. www.derekkirkup.co.uk

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