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    A Nuclear Family was not easy to make. It tells a deeply personal story that most families would not want to share with an audience. In fact, and understandably, most family members declined to take part in the film.

    We are enormously grateful to Dad, Freda, Mum and Damian for talking on camera.


    We spent hours and hours searching for music for A Nuclear Family. We had almost nothing in the budget for music licenses so we could only use unsigned musicians and songwriters. We are enormously grateful for the artists below and their willingness to share their music.



    Just as we were beginning to doubt we could ever find high quality, evocative and affordable music, we found Emphemetry. And when we contacted him to ask if we could use his music, he said he’d “be honoured.”We highly recommend his excellent album A Lullaby Hum For Tired Streets. We used lots of tracks and it’s free to download – but please pay something. It’s worth it.


    Dan Melrose

    Dan Melrose is a brilliant songwriter and a hugely talented guitarist and multi-instrumentalist from Manchester. A fan of the film, Dan stepped in and made most of his back catalogue available for licence-free use in A Nuclear Family. Have a listen to his The Elephant in the Room EP or download The Neverending Album for free.



    Possimiste is a talented Lithuanian who re-located to Iceland in 2012. She’s hard to describe but there is something child-like and ethereal about her music. We particularly liked Behind the Seas but when we tried it in the film, it didn’t work. After humming it for several days, we tried again – this time with the all-important opening credits. And it worked. Beautifully.

    The American Dollar Bandcamp site

    The American Dollar

    The American Dollar make some gorgeous music from their base in New York. They make rich and lavish soundscapes – perfect for film soundtracks. We used a mashup of The Slow Wait (parts 1&2) for the end credits sequence and no matter what other songs we tried, this was ‘the one’. Try downloading their Free Winter 2010 Compilation.

    Stray Theories website

    Stray Theories

    We found Stray Theories on Bandcamp and instantly loved the ambient tones and sounds. As it turned out, the guy (Micah) was pretty cool too. We didn’t use as much music as we originally thought, but we did find the perfect place for Blackout but check out the rest of their album, Even Though We Sleep.

    ...Plays Guitar by Gillicuddy


    Gillicuddy’s instrumental album “…Plays Guitar” is full of gentle melodies. We found that The Everlasting Itch for Things was just right for a difficult section towards the end of the film. The whole album is free to download

    Sunhiilow website


    We know little or nothing about Sunhiilow but their instrumental piece Le Songe d’Hacolhii really helped out and was used three or four times in the final edit. The piece is taken from the From Here to There album and can be downloaded for free.

    Two Bicycles on Free Music Archive

    Two Bicycles

    Of all the music used in the film, we know least about Two Bicycles. Still, their lovely little piece Window #3 is great. It’s a kind of dreamy, twinkly atmospheric piece that suited one of the only close-ups in the film.


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