The Oscar-winning composer of The Dark Knight Rises score, Hans Zimmer, has written an eight-minute musical piece to raise money for the victims of the Aurora shootings. He made the announcement on his Facebook page.
The proceeds from the composition, created by the man who won a Grammy for his 2008 work on The Dark Knight, will go to the Aurora Victim Relief Organisation. It is being sold online, and is available internationally on iTunes as we write.
Zimmer wrote on his Facebook page:
“Aurora is dedicated to those who lost their lives and were affected by the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. I recorded the song in London in the days following the tragedy as a heartfelt tribute to the victims and their families.”
I’m sure the victims and families appreciate this gesture. He’s not the only person from the films who has tried to do their bit. Cast and crew members of The Dark Knight Rises have each expressed their horror and sadness over the incident, which saw gunman James Holmes break into a midnight screening of the movie and open fire on the audience.
He dressed up as The Joker for his crimes, but Batman fans, including those who were in that fated screening, have stood by the filmmakers, insisting they are not to blame.
The French première of the film, which was supposed to take place in the days after the shooting, was cancelled as a mark of respect for the victims. A good move, for it might have seemed in bad taste to continue on like nothing happened.
Meanwhile the star of the movie, Christian Bale visited the victims in hospital, spending time with each, lifting their spirits.
If you want to buy Hans Zimmer’s special composition ‘Aurora’, you can download it off iTunes. Proceeds will go to the Aurora Victim Relief Organisation.