Wednesday, 26 May 2010

A Single Man

Nicholas Hoult for Tom Ford Eyewear

I had been meaning to watch fashion designer (and now director) Tom Ford's film "A Single Man" for quite sometime, but like it had taken over all aspects of my life, a university deadline prevented me from doing so. I finally managed to start watching the film on a plane from Amsterdam to Dubai, although by this point I was exhausted and didn't intend to pay too much attention. However, 5 minutes into the film I was enthralled, yes the story was a good one but I was captivated with the stunning visual qualities of the film! It was just instantly apparent that a designer, an artist, had been majorly involved with the camerawork, story boarding and just overall visual presentation.  

The costumes, set design, and tone of film were absolute perfection and typically Tom Ford. Set in 1962, George (Colin Firth) is an English man living in Los Angeles 18 months after the death of his partner, Jim. George's costumes throughout the film consist of sharp suits and thick framed glasses (both Tom Ford), and like his wardrobe, his house is neat and classic yet leans towards the retro style of the 60's. 

"A Single Man" features a diverse range of film styles, highlighted most when George has flashbacks to his life before Jim's death. There are scenes removed of colour, scenes filmed in sepia and scenes where the camera lens has been noticeably softened- all to evoke appropriate emotions and responses for each scene. As a designer I really enjoy the visual aspects of film making and found "A Single Man" a joy to watch purely because of this.

Nicholas Hoult, Tony from "Skins" as most people know him, played quite a key role in the film. Tom Ford obviously sees something in him as he is also featured in the Tom Ford eyewear campaign for 2010. I think he has quite a special and intriguing look to him that translates well to camera and film. I always find myself trying to decide whether he is hot or not?! He has, naturally, quite a timeless look and a fresh, boy-like beauty- perfect for his character in this film.

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