For his second feature collaboration with Scottish director Peter Mullan, Craig Armstrong provides a defiant score to accompany the tale of five ‘fallen women’, condemned to a life of brutality and secrets in a religious institution.
The Magdalene Sisters (2002) is based on the true story of the Magdalene Asylums, Irish wash-houses where women deemed to be sinners by the church were housed. The last of the laundries closed as recently as 1996. Featuring a break-out role for Shameless star Anne-Marie Duff, the film was awarded the Golden Lion at the 2002 Venice Film Festival and continues to receive global critical acclaim. Its score, recorded by Armstrong at the prestigious City Halls in Glasgow, has also won many plaudits.