Celebrating the Cinematic Eye of Anthony Dod Mantle

What makes Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later…, Lars von Trier’s Antichrist, Harmony Korine’s Julien-Donkey Boy, and Ron Howard’s Rush all in the same family? Anthony Dod Mantle, that’s what—or better yet, who. As one of the most sought after and groundbreaking directors of photography in modern film, the Oxford-born cinematographer brings his distinct approach and aesthetic to whatever he’s shooting. Having earned his stripes directing photography on the Dogme 95 films, Mantle helped to usher into a digital, handheld video aesthetic, which he brought into use on films like The Celebration and Dogville. In the documentary Side by Side he discusses the challenges that came with the emergence of digital cinema, how people thought it was a debasing the art of film, saying, “I have been slapped around, I’ve been applauded and almost executed for the same sentence.”

But since, he’s gone on to shoot Danny’s Boyle’s films—from 28 Days Later… to Trance—winning an Academy Award for his brilliantly shot Slumdog Millionare. Much of his early work dealt with the use of natural light and appeared more stark, but his recent films have been drenched in a violent use of color, with off kilter angles, and blown out frames. Speaking to his most recent work on Rush, Mantle said he wanted to, “avoid the predictable, downgraded, saturated look of ‘70s films” and instead focus on the “colour, sex, danger and panache” of Formula 1.” And with the wonder that is Rush having its theatrical release this weekend, we thought we’d take a look back on some of Mantle’s his best work. Enjoy.

Anthony Dod Mantle

Thomas Vinterberg’s The Celebration (1998)

Harmony Korine’s Julien Donkey-Boy (1999)

Lars von Trier’s Dogville (2003)

Lars von Trier’s Manderlay (2005)

Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionare (2009)

Lars von Trier’s Antichrist (2010)

Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later… (2002)

Danny Boyle’s Trance (2013)

Ron Howard’s Rush (2013)

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