One of the UK’s most versatile composers, the hugely talented Jocelyn Pook’s (The Wife, Eyes Wide Shut) most recent score provides the soundscape to Lauren Greenfield’s jaw-dropping new documentary about the controversial former First Lady of the Philippines.
Imelda Marcos is someone with an incredible, almost indestructible, sense of entitlement. From a sensational shoe shopping habit and other excesses so notorious they led to the spawning of an adjective, “Imeldific”, during her equally kleptocratic husband Ferdinand’s 21-year presidential term, she bought up shops, skyscrapers and generally delighted in spending as much money as possible in a series of increasingly absurd scenarios. Yet despite their breathtaking corruption and the vile brutality of her husband’s regime, which saw him place the country under martial law and dole out torture, Imelda hopes to become the country’s matriarch once more as her son, Bongbong, makes a bid for the vice-presidency.
With its undulating strings, Jocelyn Pook’s elegant orchestral score feels like the perfect match for this acute study of the psychology of power. A score that later turns sinister as this fascinating insight, not only into the history of the Philippines, reveals an enraging portrait of entitlement, opulence and corruption.