Several months after sweat-inducing battles with HTML to re-design the blog, and I’ve just realised the header isn’t fitting when viewed through Internet Explorer (my apologies, this will be corrected). Durr. Still, with the stunning work from Richard Kilroy adorning it, I feel it’s sometimes possible to pass over imperfections in a rush to appreciate his amazing treatment of lines, shading, and the general power to visually arrest. Yes, this week, illustrator and long-time collaborator Richard Kilroy tells us of his favourite moment in film. His choice? Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca (1997)…
Gattaca has remained my number one film for years. Not only is the film absolutely gorgeous to watch, but the broader themes and morals that the narrative deals with do genuinely make you think about the human condition and the quest for perfection (something which relates to the fashion industry). Teamed with stunning locales, fantastic dialogue, and a truly beautiful soundtrack by Michael Nyman, everything ties together perfectly.
This brief scene in particular stayed with me the most. Irene (Uma Thurman, who looks absolutely incredible throughout) takes Vincent (Ethan Hawke) to witness a reflected sunrise at what seems to be a solar plant. The main point to the scene is to create more of a bonding moment between the two, and could have easily been left out. But the way it is directed and shot is just mesmerizing; I can’t quite explain it. Perhaps the meditteranean hues remind me of holidays and the sense of brief escape, which would be appropriate as Vincent is escaping detection for the duration of the film.
A superb film both on a mental and visual level, it really deserves more attention and praise.