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The Beauty Jungle: Saturation Without Depth

by Professor Sarah Street (PI). Colour was used for a number of affective purposes in films covered by the Eastmancolor project’s timeline. As Richard Farmer’s blog post of 18 January 2018 notes, colour’s increasing ubiquity in advertising attracted a multitude of arresting designs, from vibrant newspaper supplements and TV commercials to Lulu’s amazing ‘Happy Shoes’ […]

Colour and the Film Poster

In an earlier blog post I commented on the use (or different uses) of the brand ‘Eastman Colour’ within the British film industry, particularly in relation to the dominant brand identity of Technicolor. Since then, additional project research has revealed the legal agreements that Technicolor insisted on that dictated the appearance of the Technicolor brand […]

Threads of Colour and Meaning in the film work of Nicolas Roeg and Anthony Richmond

by Dr Liz Watkins. University of Leeds (e.i.watkins@leeds.ac.uk) From the vibrant hue of a detail that punctuates the image to a single colour that envelopes the screen, the chromatic, in films by Nicolas Roeg, signals a greater acuity than cosmetic distraction. In Roeg’s work I would find both an attention to a central paradox of […]

Colour Control: Chromatic Regulation in Modern Britain 1800 – 2000

Issues of subjectivity, authorship and regulation dominated the recent Colour Control workshop organised by Kirsty Sinclair Dootson (Yale University) and hosted at the Paul Mellon Centre. On a blisteringly sunny day, researchers and experts from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds converged to discuss colour within the context of British history. Dootson began proceedings with […]

When the New Wave came to Bristol: Some People (1962)

By Sarah Street, Principal Investigator Sometimes a film perfectly articulates the aims and objectives of a research project. With our timescale of 1955-85 our database is growing – to date we have logged over 2,000 titles. We had many possible candidates for a special screening and event to be organized in partnership with the Watershed […]

Third International Conference ‘Colour in Film’ (19-21 March, 2018) Report

Between the 19th and 21st of March 2018, academics, archivists and specialists in film colour gathered at the BFI Southbank and Birkbeck, University of London, for the Third International Conference ‘Colour in Film’ organised by the Colour Group (GB), HTW Berlin and the University of Zurich. The Eastmancolor Revolution team were there to present a ‘Work in Progress’ session […]

The Perversion of the System: Peeping Tom (1960) And Eastmancolor

This month we’re excited to publish our second in a series of guest blogs on other aspects of British cinema and colour. We’re delighted to present this piece from our colleague and friend Kirsty Sinclair Dootson, PhD Candidate at Yale University. (@sinclairdootson)  When focus puller Mark Lewis (Carl Boehm) tells aspiring actress Vivian (Moira Shearer) that […]