5 March 2018
This documentary gave our colourist Ian Ballantyne the perfect opportunity to create a wistful and dreamy feel to the gorgeous footage of Oxford, provided by DOP Johann Perry. Painting this medieval city; its small cobbled lanes, pretigious university buildings, numerous spires and towers and of course its famous river, like a romantic watercolour. Drawing the audience further in and showing them the unique magical view Pullman has of the city which inspires so much of his storytelling.
The audience is treated to an in-depth exploration of not only the fantastical worlds of his stories (Pullman is perhaps most known for the cult fantasy trilogy 'His Dark Materials', which has taken millions of readers into other worlds), but also the real and inspiring tale of how, as a teacher, he fell in love with the written word.
Pullman insists that "the things we need most in the world are stories" - which we can wholeheartedly agree with.
As we await the BBC TV adaptation of the "His Dark Materials" series (announced by the broadcaster back in 2015), in the meantime fans can get a glimpse into Pullman's inner world as BBC Imagine shows us why his stories have sold over 20millions copies, being translated into 40 languages and been adored by children and adults alike.
Watch a sneak peek - Philip Pullman shows us just how the magical atmosphere of Oxford gives him inspiration for the world of His Dark Materials:
Philip Pullman: Angels and Daemons
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