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Screenplay inspires Porcupine Tree CD

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An article posted on mlive.com reveals that Porcupine Tree's "Deadwing" is inspired by a screenplay Porcupine Tree leader Steven Wilson wrote with friend and filmmaker Mark Bennion. Several excerpts from the article:

"I've always been very interested in cinema, and that's why the music has that feeling to it," Wilson said in a telephone interview. "I didn't have anything specific, lyrically, that I wanted to write about this time, so it seemed like a good idea to use the script as inspiration."

The "Deadwing" film has yet to be made, but Wilson hopes interest in the script stirred by the CD will help him and Bennion procure financing for it. Wilson calls the screenplay a "surreal ghost story" that doesn't stray too far from the dark themes he often delves into while writing music.

"The album is not trying to tell the story of the script, it's more a case of being inspired by certain themes and flavors and characters in the script," he said. "But it's very much an equivalent to the music of Porcupine Tree. It's very melancholic, it's very dreamlike, it's quite European in flavor -- in the sense that it's not a Hollywood movie by any stretch -- with a dark ending. We're both influenced by two American directors, Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch. We're very much in that tradition."

Source: mlive.com

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