The Boy Who Turned Yellow

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The Boy Who Turned Yellow
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Directed by Michael Powell
Produced by Emeric Pressburger
Written by Emeric Pressburger
Starring Mark Dightam
Robert Eddison
Helen Weir
Brian Worth
Music by Patrick Gowers
David Vorhaus
Cinematography Christopher Challis
Edited by Peter Boita
Distributed by Rank
Release dates
16 September 1972 (UK)
Running time
55 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972) is the last film collaboration by the British filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, and the last theatrical film directed by Michael Powell. The film was made for the Children's Film Foundation.


John (Mark Dightam) is a bit of a day-dreamer, always drifting off during his lessons. He is sent home for not paying attention during a lesson on electricity. But on the tube on the way home suddenly the train and everyone in it turns yellow. The doctor (Esmond Knight) declares that it's harmless and should wear off soon but that evening John hears noises from his television set and meets Nick (short for Electronic) (Robert Eddison). A strange adventure ensues which involves pet mice and John's threatened execution at the Tower of London.

Or was it all a dream?



The film was the last collaboration by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. They also brought in some of their old colleagues from The Archers, such as cinematographer Christopher Challis and actor Esmond Knight.

Location shooting took place at sites around London:[1]


The film won a "Chiffy" award from the Children's Film Foundation. The "Chiffy" award was voted for by the children themselves.


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