FRC Icon World Tour #10 – Australia – Christopher Doyle
This week we are moving our FRC World Tour down to Australia and Christopher Doyle
Moving down to a country that has a very special place in our hearts, Australia. The reason it is so special? Well myself and Lynette were married there and we conceived our first child whilst staying there. Here with this weeks episode of the Icon world tour is Toby from blahblahblahgay, his icon? Christopher Doyle
What is your name and the title of your blog?
Hey Scott’s Frontroom, I’m blahblahblahtoby from blahblahblahgay
What Country are you from?
I’m originally English but in the process of becoming an Australian.
This was incredibly tough, I decided that if at all possible I would not use somebody who had gone to America to become famous. But this proved quite hard as anyone half decent leaves at the first opportunity. I asked around and in typical Australian fashion the answers provided were TV actors so I have plumped for a Director of Photography. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Christopher Doyle.
Can you please give a small Biography of your chosen Icon
Christopher Doyle, born to a family of doctors in an outer suburb of Sydney, he didn’t make a film until he was 34. He traveled all over Asia working a variety of interesting sounding jobs such as oil driller, cow herder and alternative doctor.
What he missed out on in those first 34 years of not making films he more than made up for with his output since with imdb listing 57 credits to his name in the last 27 years. Winning awards at Cannes (In The Mood For Love – 2000) and Venice (Ashes of Time – 1994) he has been in increasing demand in recent years. Making 8 films with Wong Kar-Wai to date you will find his name on films made in America, Japan, Thailand, China and Australia.
Untrained in film he talked his way in to film after meeting a young director in a Hong Kong bar and despite having since tried studying cinematography in a French school his philosophy is to disregard film school and film theory, just jump in and learn from your mistakes.
Christopher Doyle brings a special quality to anything he works on, he has a unique eye for capturing the beauty of a scene, often quoted as saying that he tries to “capture the dance between camera and actor” creating something fluid rather than mechanized. I started to notice his name on films whose beauty caught my breath and it was then that I began associating his name with quality. Words like lyrical and poetic are what spring to mind when you think of his work
Please give us some examples of the best of their work?
For me Pen-Ek Ratanaruang’s Last Life In The Universe is all Chris Doyle, I’ve tried watching some of the directors other work without Chris Doyle behind the camera and none of them have the same magic quality or simple beauty to them.
Similar praise could be used to describe Chungking Express and In The Mood For Love, two incredible pieces of Chinese cinema made with Wong Kar-Wai.
In English language film his most poetic visuals can be found in the Australian movie Rabbit Proof Fence and the Vietnam based The Quiet American.
Any bad apples to avoid?
Well I’ve certainly avoided them so far, please do not judge him on his American output of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Lady in the Water or his most recent Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox starrer Passion Play.
Are you a fan of Christopher Doyle? Have you any questions for Toby? Any other Australian Icons you like? Comment below