I hadn’t writ­ten a song in years, and I didn’t even know if I could write a song.”

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FATED FI­NALE: AN­NIE LEN­NOX AND ‘A PRI­VATE WAR’

An­nie Len­nox

Sug­gest­ing an artist to per­form the ti­tle song for Matthew Heine­man’s “A Pri­vate War,” the movie about Bri­tish jour­nal­ist Marie Colvin, who was killed in 2012 while cov­er­ing the strife in Syria, was a no-brainer for CAA’S Brian Loucks. “I thought this was the kind of movie An­nie would love,” the agent says of his client, An­nie Len­nox.

Lit­tle did he know that Len­nox had ac­tu­ally met the famed Sun­day Times jour­nal­ist be­fore her death. He also wasn’t aware that the sub­se­quently formed Marie Colvin Jour­nal­ists’ Net­work was un­der the um­brella of Len­nox’s fe­male em­pow­er­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Cir­cle NGO. Still, it took some con­vinc­ing.

“When the call came through to ask me if I would write a song, I said: ‘I’d like to try,’” the Os­car-win­ning Len­nox says with a laugh. “I hadn’t writ­ten a song in years, and I didn’t even know if I could write a song.”

But Len­nox, who pre­vi­ously wrote “Into the West” for 2003’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Re­turn of the King,” which won her an Academy Award, and “Love Song for a Vam­pire” for “Bram Stoker’s Drac­ula,” hadn’t lost her touch.

“The first line came to me and the rest quickly flowed,” she says. “I wrote it over a cou­ple of hours and thought: ‘Wow, I must have been meant to write this. It felt so strange, like it was meant to be.’”

Len­nox con­nected in­stantly with Colvin’s story: “I wanted to honor her mem­ory.” The re­sult­ing bal­lad, which was co-pro­duced by the film’s com­poser, Scott Sali­nas, is aptly ti­tled “A Re­quiem for a Pri­vate War.”

“It truly is a re­quiem that you sing in honor and in com­mem­o­ra­tion of death so that we don’t for­get — and Marie wrote those sto­ries so that we don’t for­get,” Len­nox adds. And it might just carry Len­nox back to the Academy Awards stage once again.

“There was some magic that hap­pened in our col­lab­o­ra­tion to­gether,” says Sali­nas, who’ll ap­pear with Len­nox in a key­note Q&A at Va­ri­ety’s Mu­sic for Screens Sum­mit. “She sang in a very vul­ner­a­ble part of her reg­is­ter — she took her voice to the edge and al­lowed that to be shown, which I thought was very cool of her. She could have writ­ten this song in a way that com­fort­ably sat in her range, but she is stretch­ing in cer­tain parts in­ten­tion­ally and leav­ing that raw­ness. It makes me feel some­thing.”

— James Patrick Her­man

Com­poser Mar­vel

Pi­nar To­prak might count as a fe­male su­per­hero of sorts her­self, be­ing the first woman to score a Mar­vel tent­pole.

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