COLM WHELAN director of photography

Mum - Kate goes home

Mum - Kate goes home

Mum - Kate goes home

Anne Marie the director was very clear how she wanted Kates life to be depicted.  She was adamant she didn't want northern England to be a drab backdrop of rain and misery.  We aimed to shoot in summer time and hoped for the best.  The interiors are actually shot on a rainy day but we lit it to give a warm glow to the scenes.  We used very deliberate framing to help tell the story.  For most of the film Kate and her family are boxed in,  framed within frames, to give a sense of restriction and claustrophobia.  This was the first time (apart from her childhood flashbacks) that we see her with breathing space and it was a crucial moment in the film.   The Yorkshire clouds and countryside helped a lot.  Sony F55 with zeiss primes.