Tag Archives: Research

‘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’ […]

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’ […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shades of Grey, Black-and-White and Colour

Sarah Street, Principal Investigator. The last room of the National Gallery’s current exhibition Monochrome: Painting in Black and White (30 Oct 2017-18 Feb 2018) is a large-scale art installation called Room for one colour by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The installation uses single-frequency-monochromatic sodium-yellow lights that suppress all the other colours in the spectrum. This […]