’71 / Tat Radcliffe

Episode #67

’71 / Tat Radcliffe


Cinematographer Tat Radcliffe, BSC connects with AC via Skype to discuss the gritty period thriller ’71, which he calls “a political piece, a documentary piece and a psychodrama.” 

Radcliffe details the filmmakers’ desire to achieve “a level of raggedness” that suited the suspense, how they integrated Super 16 and digital capture, and how they gave the extensive night exteriors an appropriately “hellish” feel.

  • Pvt. Hook (Jack O’Connell) and his fellow soldiers scramble as a riot erupts in a Belfast neighborhood.
  • Cinematographer Tat Radcliffe uses an Easyrig to film some of the action. He photographed all daytime sequences on Super 16.
  • Pvt. Hook (Jack O’Connell) struggles to find a safe way out of a housing project notorious for being an IRA stronghold.
  • Director Yann Demange (left) and cinematographer Tat Radcliffe confer on set. The production used four cities in northern England to recreate period Belfast locations.
  • Pvt. Hook (Jack O’Connell) reassesses his situation in the wake of his ordeal.

About the Project

Directed by Yann Demange and written by Gregory Burke, ’71 covers several hours in the life of a young English soldier, Pvt. Gary Hook (Jack O’Connell), who is sent to Belfast at the height of the Troubles and is separated from his unit during a violent riot. The film premiered at the 2014 Berlinale and screened out of competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It received eight British Independent Film Award nominations, including one for Technical Achievement in Cinematography, and was also nominated for two BAFTA Awards: Outstanding British Film and Outstanding British Debut.

About the Cinematographer

Before he shot his first feature, the Italian production The Double Hour (2009), English cinematographer Tat (a.k.a. Anthony) Radcliffe, BSC shot short films and television projects. He and director Yann Demange previously collaborated on the U.K. series Top Boy (for which Radcliffe received a BAFTA TV Award nomination), Criminal Justice, Dead Set and Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Radcliffe’s other feature credits are Pride, Kursk and Love Bite.

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