Christopher Doyle in 2005
|Chinese name||杜可風 (traditional)|
|Chinese name||杜可风 (simplified)|
|Pinyin||Dù Kěfēng (Mandarin)|
|Jyutping||Dou6 Ho2 Fung1 (Cantonese)|
|Born||2 May 1952|
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Occupation||Cinematographer, actor, photographer, and film director|
|Years active||1978–present (photographer); 1983–present (cinematographer)|
Christopher Doyle, also known as Dù Kěfēng (Mandarin) or Dou Ho-Fung (Cantonese) (traditional Chinese: 杜可風; simplified Chinese: 杜可风) (born 2 May 1952) is an Australian-Hong Kong cinematographer. He has worked on over fifty Chinese-language films, being best known for his collaborations with Wong Kar-Wai in Chungking Express, Happy Together, In the Mood for Love and 2046. Doyle is also known for other films such as Temptress Moon, Hero, Dumplings, and Psycho. 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 was born in Sydney, Australia in 1952. He left his native country on a Norwegian merchant ship at the age of eighteen. While living in other countries, he took on several odd jobs, such as an oil driller in India, a cow herder in Israel, and a doctor of Chinese medicine in Thailand. In the late seventies, Doyle took an interest in Chinese culture, and received the Chinese name Dù Kěfēng, which translates to “like the wind.” Following his time as a language student in Taiwan, he started working professionally as a photographer. A couple of years later, he became a cinematographer, working with director Edward Yang in the 1983 film That Day, on the Beach.
Doyle has worked on over fifty Chinese-language films. He is best known for his collaborations with Wong Kar-Wai in Chungking Express, Happy Together, In the Mood for Love and 2046. He has collaborated with other Chinese filmmakers on projects including Temptress Moon, Hero and Dumplings. He has also made more than twenty films in various other languages, 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, and The Limits of Control, amongst others.
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. He is currently co-directing The White Girl with Jenny Suen.
On May 26, 2017 Doyle was honored during the 70th Cannes Festival with the “Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography” award, in tribute to his successful and influential career. The ceremony was co-hosted by filmmaker Olivier Assayas and actress Juliette Binoche, director Jenny Suen, among others.
Among Doyle's sixty awards and thirty nominations are the Technical Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for In the Mood for Love, as well as the Osella d’Oro for Best Cinematography for Ashes of Time at the Venice International Film Festival.
Filmography as cinematographer
|1979||The Boat-Burning Festival||Chang Chao-Tang|
|Goin Home||Peter Chan||Segment of Three|
|2004||The Hand||Wong Kar-wai||Segment of Eros|
|Dumplings||Fruit Chan||Segment of Three... Extremes|
|2006||The Madness of the Dance||Carol Morley|
|2007||Meeting Helen||Emily Woof|
|2011||White Sand||Tsien-Tsien Zhang|
|2013||A Good Story||Martin-Christopher Bode|
|2014||Allergic to Art||Himself
Filmography as director
- Away with Words (1999)
- Izolator aka "Warsaw Dark" (2008)
- Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous (2015)
- The White Girl (2017), co-directed with Jenny Suen
- Home / Movie (1981)
- Paris, je t'aime (2006) – segment "Porte de Choisy"
- Angel Talk (1996) – Behind the scenes photo book covering Fallen Angels – ISBN 978-4-7952-8069-4
- Backlit by the Moon (1996) – Japanese photography monograph – ISBN 978-4-947648-39-6
- Photographs of Tamaki Ogawa (1996) – Japanese photography monograph – ISBN 978-4-947599-45-2
- Doyle on Doyle (1997) – Japanese photography monograph – ISBN 4-9900557-1-3
- Buenos Aires (1997) – Behind the scenes photo book covering Happy Together – ISBN 978-4-7952-8066-3
- Don't Cry for Me, Argentina (1997) – Photographic journal account of filming Happy Together – ISBN 962-8114-24-7
- A Cloud in Trousers (1998) – Gallery exhibition monograph – ISBN 978-1-889195-33-9
- There Is a Crack in Everything (2003) – Photography monograph
- R34g38b25 (2004) – Behind the scenes photo book covering Hero – ISBN 978-962-86177-0-8
- Talking White - Behind-the-scenes photobook covering The White Girl (co-written with Jenny Suen)
- Christopher Doyle on IMDb
- “The Legend of Drunken Master,” Dennis Lim of The Village Voice interviews Christopher Doyle, 6 August 2004.
- ‘If you call me, you know what you’re in for,’ The Guardian's Steve Rose interviews Christopher Doyle, 7 January 2005.
- Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, interview with Christopher Doyle in three parts by Andreas Pousette, February 2005.
- ‘His eyes have seen the glory...,’ The Guardian's Gaby Wood interviews Christopher Doyle, 17 July 2005.
- Video: Christopher Doyle talks about Hong Kong for CNN and Nokia’s feature series “The Scene.”
- Text of CNN interview with Christopher Doyle.