Tag Archives: Research

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 […]

Colour and Realism in Hammer’s Fanatic (1965)

  by Paul Frith An often over-looked offering from Hammer Film Productions, Fanatic (AKA Die! Die! My Darling: 1965) holds a unique position in the studio’s history as it represents the first, and only, of their 1960s cycle of psychological thrillers to be shot in colour. The film stars Tallulah Bankhead in her final screen […]

Richard Williams: The Artistic Animator’s Vision 

by Dr Carolyn Rickards, Research Associate. A review in Kinematograph Weekly from early 1959 heralded the release of a new British animated film: ‘three little men go to an island – their names are Truth, Good and Beauty.  They argue, the film enters the realm of the fantastic as they try to impress each other. […]

Jack Cardiff, Prism and solarized effects in The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968)

By Sarah Street, Principal Investigator Prism, a new play by Terry Johnson (Hampstead Theatre, London, 6 Sept-14 Oct 2017), is based on legendary colour cinematographer Jack Cardiff (Robert Lindsay) towards the end of his life, when past and present become intertwined through the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and as he struggles to write his autobiography. […]