Open Dialogue with “Three Thousand Years of Longing” composer Junkie XL.

Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg) is our guest on Meet me at the Movies: Open Dialogue. He’s a Grammy-nominated multi-platinum producer, musician, film composer and educator whose versatility puts him on the cutting edge of contemporary music, and whose thirst for innovation is helping to reimagine the world of composition.

On this episode, Thomas Manning chats with Holkenborg about his work on Three Thousand Years of Longing, Mad Max: Fury Road, and his relationship with director George Miller and other legends of cinema.

Clips are used by permission for interview and educational purposes. Thomas is an entertainment journalist with The Southeastern Film Critics Association and the North Carolina Film Critics Association.

If you prefer an audio version, you can listen to the full interview here:


Official Synopsis:

What would you wish for? Dr Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) is an academic – content with life and a creature of reason. While in Istanbul attending a conference, she happens to encounter a Djinn (Idris Elba) who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. This presents two problems. First, she doubts that he is real and second, because she is a scholar of story and mythology, she knows all the cautionary tales of wishes gone wrong. The Djinn pleads his case by telling her fantastical stories of his past. Eventually she is beguiled and makes a wish that surprises them both.

In theaters August 26th, 2022.

For more information, head to United Artists’s Three Thousand Years of Longing webpage.

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Thomas Manning is a member of the NCFCA and SEFCA, and also the co-host of the television show and radio program Meet Me at the Movies. He has served as a production assistant and voting member on the Film Selection Committee for the Real to Reel Film Festival. Additionally, he manages his own film review and interview site, The Run-Down on Movies. Recently, Manning graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a double-major in Communications and English. His passion for cinema and storytelling is rivaled only by his love for the music of Taylor Swift.



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