Netflix’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover has been the latest period sensation to subvert the typical male gaze and offer up a frisson of sultry entertainment. The soundtrack has been a huge part of creating that atmosphere.
The adaptation of DM Lawrence’s 1928 novel stars Emma Corrin and Jack O’Connell in the leady roles of a countryside affair has a vintage TV look with The Crown and Skins colliding in the wet fields of old Blighty for a costumed romp.
The script synopsis reads: “Marrying Sir Clifford Chatterley, Connie’s life of wealth and privilege seems set as she takes the title of Lady Chatterley. Yet this idealistic union gradually becomes an incarceration when Clifford returns from the First World War with injuries that have left him unable to walk.”
Continuing: “When she meets and falls for Oliver Mellors, the gamekeeper on the Chatterley family estate, their secret trysts lead her to a sensual, sexual awakening. But as their affair becomes the subject of local gossip, Connie faces a life-altering decision: follow her heart or return to her husband and endure what Edwardian society expects of her.”
Adding to the erotic overtone of the Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s creation, is Isabella Summers’ score. As a founding member of Florence + The Machine, she has mixed classical tones with pop sensibilities to create a soundtrack of note.
Alongside the track ‘Take Me to a Place’ by Elephant Music, the soundtrack is a key component of the rave-revied feature. You can check out a playlist below.