Category Film

‘Global Colour and the Moving Image’ Conference – The University of Bristol, 10th-12th July 2019

Conference report by Cathy Lomax (Queen Mary University of London) Image: Gate of Hell/ Jigokumon(Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1953, Japan) The ‘Global Colour and the Moving Image’ conference took place over three sunny summer days at The University of Bristol and featured a dazzling array of perspectives on the theme from a truly global group of contributors. […]

International Colour in Film Conference Report 25th-27th February 2019

The Fourth International ‘Colour in Film’ Conference took place at the BFI Southbank on the 25th– 27th February 2019. The conference has been increasing in scope and scale since its initiation in 2016 with a truly global audience of academics, archivists and specialists in film colour. Full credit to the Colour Group (GB), HTW Berlin […]

RESISTING THE LURE OF THE LURID: COLOUR IN THE BLACK TORMENT (1964)

by Dr Paul Mazey The Gothic shocker The Black Torment (1964) represented a departure for the exploitation producers Michael Klinger and Tony Tenser and their company Compton Films.  They had worked with director Robert Hartford-Davis on his debut feature The Yellow Teddy Bears (1963), a salacious (for the time) film about promiscuity in a girls’ […]

Hypnosis as Spectacle in British Horror Cinema

by Dr Paul Frith The use of colour in cinematic representations of hypnosis is as old as the medium itself, often employed for the purpose of theatrical spectacle. Possibly the earliest use of hypnosis captured on film is a performance of the ‘serpentine dance’ original created by Loïe Fuller for the play Quack M.D. in […]

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’ […]

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 […]