Colour Films



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Still from 'Queen Cotton', shot in Technicolor.
The British Council produced a number of its films in colour, predominantly in 1941. The majority of these were shot in Technicolor.

Technicolor is a color motion picture process invented in 1916 and improved over several decades. It was the second major process, after Britain's Kinemacolor, and the most widely used color process in Hollywood from 1922 to 1952. Technicolor became known and celebrated for its saturated levels of color, and was used most commonly for filming musicals, costume pictures, and animated films.
'Technicolor' is the trademark for a series of color motion picture processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation (a subsidiary of Technicolor, Inc.), now a division of Technicolor SA.
Read more about Technicolor on Wikipedia.


Jack Cardiff, who filmed most of the British Council's colour films, was the first Technicolor cameraman in Britain. He would go on to work in Hollywood with his ground-breaking techniques, doing the camera work on such classics as Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes.






Films from the British Council's film archive shot in colour:
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Jack Cardiff & Geoffrey Unsworth


Title
Year
Process
Cinematographer
Border Weave
1941
Technicolor
Jack Cardiff
Colour in Clay
1941
Technicolor
Jack Cardiff
Gardens of England
1941
Technicolor
Geoffrey Unsworth
Green Girdle
1941
Technicolor
Jack Cardiff
Indian Ocean
1941/1948
Technicolor
N/A
Let's See
1945
Technicolor
Cyril Knowles
Make Fruitful the Land
1945
Technicolor
Geoffrey Unsworth
Pacific Ocean
1941/1947
Technicolor
N/A
The People's Land
1941/1950
Technicolor
Geoffrey Unsworth
Plastics
1945
Technicolor
Cyril Knowles
Power on the Land
1943
Technicolor
Geoffrey Unsworth
Queen Cotton
1941
Technicolor
Jack Cardiff
Snowdonia
1945
Technicolor
Cyril Knowles
Steel
1945
Technicolor
Jack Cardiff & Cyril Knowles
Swinging the Lambeth Walk
1940
Dufaycolor
Len Lye
Techniques in Plastic Surgery (Series)
1949
Kodachrome
Frank North & William Oxley
Teeth of Steel
1942
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Geoffrey Unsworth
Western Isles
1941
Technicolor
Jack Cardiff
World Garden
1942
Technicolor
Geoffrey Unsworth
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