Christopher Doyle was born in Sydney, Australia in 1952. After dropping out of The University of Sydney, he became a seaman and traveled the world. He picked up his education a few years afterwards, first majoring in art history at The University of Maryland and then studying Chinese at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He even took up a Chinese name, Du Ke-feng, and claimed to be “a Chinese with a skin disease”. In the late 1970s, Doyle moved to Taiwan and became a cameraman and editor for television documentaries. In 1983, he served as the cinematographer for Edward Yang’s The Day on the Beach, which won Best Cinematography at the Asia Pacific Film Festival. He returned to Hong Kong in 1986 and lensed Shu Kei’s Soul, which earned him the Best Cinematography award at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Since then, he had shot many Chineselanguage films. His long-term and storied collaboration with Wong Kar-wai began with the filming of Days of Being Wild in 1990. His work with Wong won him numerous Best Cinematography awards from around the globe—at the Hong Kong Film Awards with Days of Being Wild, Ashes of Time (1994), Fallen Angels (1995) and 2046 (2004); at Venice Film Festival with Ashes of Time; at Taipei’s Golden Horse Film Festival with Ashes of Time, Happy Together (1997) and In the Mood for Love (2000). He also shared the Technical Grand Prize with editor William Chang and co-cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bin at Cannes for In The Mood of Love.
Besides Wong’s films, Doyle was also the director of cinematography for Patrick Tam’s Burning Snow (1988) and My Heart is That Eternal Rose (1989), Sylvia Chang’s Mary From Beijing (1992), Stanley Kwan’s Red Rose White Rose (1994), Peter Chan’s Three: Going Home (2002) and Perhaps Love (2005), Fruit Chan’s Dumplings- Three... Extremes (2004), among others. He also worked extensively in both Taiwan and Mainland China. In Taiwan, he shot Stan Lai’s The Peach Blossom Land (1992) and The Red Lotus Society (1994), plus Chen Kuo-fu’s The Peony Pavilion (1995), while his China-based shoots include Chen Kaige’s Temptress Moon (1996), Zhang Yuan’s Green Tea (2003), Zhang Yimou’s Hero (2002) and Gu Changwei’s Love for Life (2011). Doyle was also involved with many non-Chineselanguage productions, including Noir et Blanc (1986) in France; Motel Cactus (1998) in South Korea; Psycho (1998), Lady in the Water (2006), The Limits of Control (2009) in the United States; Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) in Australia; Last Life in the Universe (2005), Invisible Waves (2006) in Thailand; Underwater Love (2011), Tormented (2011) in Japan. Doyle has won over forty prizes while being nominated for over twenty times.
In 1998, Doyle wrote and lensed his directorial debut, Away with Words, starring Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano. Later, he directed the Porte de Choisy segment in the omibus film Paris, je t'aime (2006) and the feature Warsaw Dark (2008) in Poland. Once in a blue moon, Doyle also made cameos in front of the camera—most notably his turn as Jerome in Peter Chan’s Comrades, Almost a Love Story (1996).
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