The Pay Day
Simon Callow, Kyla Frye, Sam Benjamin, Vincent Jerome
About the Project
Jennifer is a broke and frustrated IT technician who is tapped by crime boss Gates to steal valuable data in a sophisticated hack worth millions on the black market. As if the dangerous pitfalls of her mission weren't enough, the sting grows more complicated when a charming con artist attempts to swipe the loot for himself.
The female-led British comedy heist stars Kyla Frye (Eastenders, Edge of Tomorrow), Simon Callow (The Witcher, Four Weddings and a Funeral), Sam Benjamin (Peaky Blinders, The War of the Worlds), Vincent Jerome (Waterloo Road), Marcus Onilude (Ted Lasso) and Ellen Thomas (Eastenders, Arcane).
The Pay Day was distributed by Vertical Entertainment with a US theatrical release in November 2022 and TVOD in the US and UK in December 2022.
The Pay Day (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) was released by Moviescore Media on 18 November, 2022.
"The… true triumph here is the sinewy score by Daisy Coole and Tom Nettleship (credited as "Two Twenty Two"), a funk-jazz-ambient hybrid that is laced throughout... Right now, it gets my vote for best original score of the year." - Michael Clark, Epoch Times
"The film also gets a lot of personality from Daisy Coole and Tom Nettleship's briskly up-tempo, somewhat smooth-ish jazz score, a bit in the tradition of Earl Klugh & Hubert Laws soundtrack for How to Beat the High Cost of Living" - Joe Bendel, JB Spins
"A big thumbs up to the music in this one. It’s all jazz music so it’s all jazzy, up-tempo kind of stuff. Like Cowboy Beebop. It just raised the coolness level of everything they’re doing when jazz starts playing over it. It’s so cool." - Geek Legend of Doom
About the Score
The soundtrack is a classic heist score with subtle flavours of 90's RnB, which was the brief from The Pay Day director, Sam Bradford. The comedy heist score moves between three key ideas: smokey jazz noir for the villain, 90's RnB-inspired cues reflecting the burgeoning romance between the two leads and, of course the pivotal heist montages with stylised screen wipes and cutaways, which are punctuated by funk grooves and a five-piece horn section. To contrast with the upbeat heist grooves, Daisy and Tom approached the villain's scenes as though it were shot in the 1960s Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, complete with muted trumpet, alto flute and the ever present bluesy wurlitzer, around which much of the score is centred.
Original Music by Daisy Coole & Tom Nettleship as Two Twenty Two
Soundtrack mixed by Christopher Pedley, Mastered by Mikael Carlsson
Score Engineer: Fiona Cruickshank
Assistant Engineer: Francesca Edwards
Music Preparation and Copyist: Tristan Noon
Score Assistant: Kezia Tomsett
Score Mixer: Olga Fitzroy
Wurlitzer, Hammond Organ, Vocals: Jason Charles-Nelson
Bass Guitar: Flo Moore
Drums: Alessio Barelli
Percussion: Pippin Yates
Guitar: Tom Nettleship
Trumpet: Brinley Heywood-Snell
Trumpet, Flugelhorn: Simon Da Silva
Trombone: David Horden
Tenor Saxophone: Rob Sell
Baritone Saxophone, Alto Flute: Bob Mckay
Additional Saxes, Alto Flute: Daisy Coole
Recorded at Lightship 95 Studios, London