Christopher Doyle

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Christopher Doyle
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Christopher Doyle in 2005
Background information
Chinese name 杜可風 (traditional)
Chinese name 杜可风 (simplified)
Pinyin Dù Kěfēng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Dou6 Ho2 Fung1 (Cantonese)
Born (1952-05-02) 2 May 1952 (age 65)
Sydney
Occupation cinematographer, actor, photographer, and film director
Years active 1978–present (photographer); 1983–present (cinematographer)
Nationality  Australia
 Hong Kong

Christopher Doyle, also known as Dù Kěfēng (Mandarin) or Dou Ho-Fung (Cantonese)[1] (traditional Chinese: 杜可風; simplified Chinese: 杜可风), born 2 May 1952, is an Australian-Hong Kong cinematographer who often works on Chinese language films. He has won awards at the Cannes Film Festival and Venice Film Festival, as well as AFI Award for cinematography, the Golden Horse awards (four times), and Hong Kong Film Award (six times). Doyle is an affiliate of the Hong Kong Society of Cinematographers.

Biography[edit]

Doyle was born in Sydney, Australia in 1952. He left his native country on a Norwegian merchant ship at the age of eighteen, after which he took on a number of odd jobs including as a Kibbutz-nick cowboy in Israel, homeopathic doctor in Thailand, and “green agriculturalist” in India work[2]. In the late seventies, Doyle was “re-birthed” as Du Ke Feng, which means “like the wind.”[3] Following his time as a language student in Taiwan and having found work as a photographer, he was hired as a cinematographer on Edward Yang’s That Day, on the Beach in 1983.[4]

Since his “birth in art,” Du Ke Feng has worked on over fifty Chinese-language films. He is best known for his collaborations with Wong Kar-Wai, including Chungking Express, In the Mood for Love and 2046 (the latter of which saw Doyle walking off set mid-way through production). He has collaborated with other Chinese filmmakers on projects including Temptress Moon, Hero, Happy Together, and Dumplings. As his "alter ego" Christopher Doyle he has made more than twenty in various other languages and film cultures, working as director of photography on Gus Van Sant's remake of Psycho, Liberty Heights, Last Life in the Universe, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Paranoid Park, The Limits of Control.

He also wrote, shot, and directed Warsaw Dark, Away with Words starring Asano Tadanobu, and Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous, an experimental portrait of three generations of Hong Kong people[5]. He is currently filming The White Girl, another tribute to his adopted hometown of Hong Kong, with co-director Jenny Suen.

On May 26th, 2017 Doyle was honored during the 70th Cannes Festival with the “Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography” award, in tribute to his rich and influential career. The ceremony was co-hosted by filmmaker Olivier Assayas and actress Juliette Binoche, among others.[6]

Awards[edit]

Among Doyle's sixty awards and thirty nominations are the Technical Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for In the Mood for Love[7], as well as the Osella d’Oro for Best Cinematography for Ashes of Time at the Venice International Film Festival[8].

Filmography as Cinematographer[edit]

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Filmography as Director[edit]

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