'The White Crow' is shot on 16mm and tells the incredible story of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev
Cinelab London have played a major role in supporting new British film, The White Crow, written by David Hare and directed by award-winning director and producer, Ralph Fiennes. Originally inspired by the book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh, the film stars Oleg Invenko as Rudolf Nureyev, a ballet dancer whose story is told in the form of a dramatic biography about his defection to the West. The film also features other big name actors such as Louis Hofmann, Adèle Exarchopoulos, and Chulpan Khamatova.
With a running time of around 127 minutes, “The White Crow” takes place in 1961 and tells the incredible journey of a dancer who travels for the first time out of the Soviet Union to Paris, as part of the world-renowned Kirov Ballet Company. Despite his eagerness to consume this new cultural city, he is closely watched by KGB officers who become highly suspicious of a new friendship he creates. After a confrontation, Nureyev is forced to make a life-changing decision which ultimately affects his life and impacts the world of dance forever.
With the entire film being shot on 16mm, Cinelab London - Europe's largest fully comprehensive film laboratory - were brought on board for the project. Working closely with revered DOP Mike Eley and director Ralph Fiennes, the team at Cinelab London provided services including Super 16mm film processing, HD graded telecine dailies with sound sync, online screeners for production review and approval, delivery of edit ready files to editorial, and the final 2K select take scans using Arriscan.
President of The British Society of Cinematographers (BSC) and The White Crow’s cinematographer, Mike Eley, comments: “It was a great experience working with all at Cinelab London on The White Crow. Shooting Super 16mm was a creative choice made that much easier knowing Cinelab would be part of the team. Their evident love of film is both inspiring and reassuring, giving me as director of photography as well as the director and producers the confidence to shoot abroad and know the best eyes were looking out for us back home. The meticulous work done by all at Cinelab London lends The White Crow's look and I couldn’t be happier with the results.”
The film was recently released on March 22nd in both the UK and Ireland, and is set to be released in the U.S. on April 26th.