Hans Zimmer Honoured with BBC Documentary

'Hans Zimmer: Hollywood Rebel' will explore the Oscar-winning composer's life and career

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Oct 5, 2022

Prolific Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer is being celebrated in a new feature-length BBC documentary.

Directed by Francis Hanly, Hans Zimmer: Hollywood Rebel will explore his life and 40-year career, scoring blockbuster after blockbuster — including The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, DuneThe Dark Knight, Batman Begins, James Bond: No Time to Die and Top Gun: Maverick, among countless others. 

This deep-dive will also dig into the composer's non-Hollywood works, like BBC projects Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II and Frozen Planet II. And don't forget the talking heads: the doc also features interviews with some of the big-name directors Zimmer has worked with, including Ron Howard, Denis Villeneuve, Christopher Nolan, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Barry Levinson, James L. Brooks, Gore Verbinski, Steve McQueen, Stephen Frears and Tim Bevan.

"The sheer number of standout movies Hans Zimmer has scored over the past 40 years is incredible," Hanly said in a statement. "It was a dream job to sit and film him at the keyboard in his studio as he gave us an intimate and exclusive demonstration of the techniques and sounds he's created and the ideas that lie behind some of his most famous scores."

Zimmer added, "I'm honoured to be sharing this insight into my career and life with the BBC audience. My hope is that this documentary inspires and emboldens you to unapologetically pursue your passions and find a deeper understanding for my scores, and above all, music."

Hans Zimmer: Hollywood Rebel airs on BBC Two in the UK on October 16.

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