Cinematography – Kes

Kes, directed by Ken Loach, is one of my favourite films. I watched it again yesterday to refresh my memory of its visual style. Chris Menges, the cinematographer, does a marvellous job. Kes is filled with huge shots of the yorkshire moors, Billy and Kes become almost incidental as small figures playing in the countryside whilst the screen is filled with grey skies, rolling hills and sixties mining towns. Shots of Billy running through the town, the school and the fields are used to great effect, one can read so much about his character and the way he fits into his surroundings just through these ‘action shots’ that are taken so beautifully. You can see some of what I am talking about by watching the trailer below.

Original theatrical trailer:

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