Colour Across Chinese Cinemas film series

1 October 2022

This programme explores the kaleidoscopic history of colour film-making across film cultures of the Chinese-speaking world. From the earliest colouring techniques of the silent era to more recent digital innovations, these films show that colour has been central to both the artistic and political development of Chinese-language cinema. The films gathered in this series reveal the ways filmmakers developed distinctive applications for colour in films across China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, responding to the unique cultural and political climates of these regions. Far from simply delighting the eye, these films bring to light how colour served a range of purposes, whether enhancing the emotive power of government propaganda, conjuring lavish period fantasies, or lending naturalism to realist styles. 

All films are free and open to the public, and will be in Chinese with English subtitles unless otherwise noted.

This programme has been co-curated by Kirsty Sinclair Dootson (University of St Andrews), Zhaoyu Zhu (University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China) and Yixiang Lin (University of Edinburgh) in partnership with Hiu Man Chan (De Montfort University) and UK China Film Collab. It has been generously supported by the University of St Andrews Impact and Innovation Fund and the University of St Andrews Department of Film Studies. 

Full details of all events can be found at the Colour Across Chinese Cinemas website.