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We Love…A Single Man



It may not be a new release but ‘A Single Man’ is just one of those films that will always be an inspiration to us and our work. It’s a timeless, beautiful piece of film-making and cinematography by Tom ford and one that will forever get a mention in our ‘Top Ten Films of all Time’.

The film focusses on a single day in the life of a single man, stricken with grief and guilt and ever so stylishly played by Colin Firth. The opening scene is a dream-like underwater sequence which instantly sets the tone of the film with its beautiful blue tones and a feeling of cold and despair – but it’s not all doom and gloom! Throughout the 100 mins we see a full spectrum of 1960’s fashion and style from beatniks to bikers. Julianne Moore is the essence of cool as the party loving, best friend in her true mod attire and make-up, dancing the night away to ‘Green Onions’ in one of our favourite scenes of the film.

If you’re a fan of 1960’s architecture then it’s worth a watch for that alone – the house of our ‘Single Man’ is to absolutely die for with its glass walls and modernist appearance. We just can’t wait for Tom Fords next film which is set for release later this year!


Getting ready for the Oscars


In all our excitement for the Oscars later this month, we couldn’t resist making our own ‘Oscar 2016′ playlist for the studio. Some of these we’ve seen and others we’ve yet to see but all have made it to our top ten for their soundtracks! Our favourites from the list are the atmospheric Revenant theme and whimsical ‘Gone Day’ from Room…both of which are also must see movies.

we just watched…the diary of a teenage girl



We recently caught this film on DVD after missing out on it’s cinema release. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is an innocent coming-of-age story, despite the title it’s a world away from your average teen movie… but this is exactly what we loved about it.

The story centres around Minnie’s exploration of her sexuality, told in a raw and honest way. It’s set in our favourite decade (the 70’s) so you’re guaranteed a brilliant soundtrack, cool fashion and funky decor. It features an array of patterned wallpapers, space buns and more flare trousers than Harry Styles could dream of!

The film also tastefully mixes live action and animation when Minnie doodles and her illustrations come to life – her artwork instantly put of us in mind of Peter Max. It was a little trippy but it gave the film an extra dimension and really heightened the seventies vibe.

All in all, it’s not for the prudish but it’s one helluva groovy movie.


we just watched me & earl & the dying girl…


As you know, Christmas is coming and naturally we’ve had a cheeky think about what gifts we’d like from our family and friends…

One thing that is unanimous between us here at the Tuppence Collective studio is a copy of ‘Me & Earl & the Dying girl’ on DVD (none of that blu-ray fancy stuff just yet!). It’s so refreshing to watch a modern coming-of-age film that is orientated around friendship rather than love and the drama that surrounds it. Although the story is told from the perspective of a teenage boy, it’s so easy to relate to his awkward and kooky character – we know we can!

Not only did we love the ample use of Brian Eno (who provided the score) but we especially loved how the film paid homage to the likes of Scorsese, Bergman and Herzog – this was shown through quirky, unpolished parodies of classic films that the two main characters created…which were our favourite bits!

Grab some popcorn and watch this one with your best mates, you won’t regret it.

we just watched Macbeth…

Feeling Shaskespearean this week! Not only have we been lucky enough to see Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance as Hamlet at the Barbican , but we have also managed to catch the new release of Macbeth at the cinema.

We felt compelled to write a brief review of the film shortly after watching it as we loved every aspect. The slow-motion opening sequence was stunning…as was Michael Fassbender’s physique!  We’ve never seen such a stylish adaptation of a Shakespeare play – even if you find the dialogue hard to follow, it’s worth watching simply for the music, costume and art direction.

Give this one a go, you won’t regret it!

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Favourite Films to Book: Part 2

Here’s our next instalment of our ‘favourite films redesigned as book covers’ and this time we’ve gone for a quirky cult classic Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. If you haven’t seen it then it’s definitely one to watch, it grows on us more and more every time we watch it. You may find it odd at first but give it a go and it won’t disappoint. The film plays on the concept of heartbreak and the power to erase the memories of an ex overnight…something which we’ve all thought about! This combined with colourful art direction and kooky dream sequences makes it one of our favourite films of all time.

eternal sunshine spotless mind book cover design tuppence collective

eternal sunshine spotless mind pattern design tuppence collective


Favourite Films to Book: Part 1

Designing book covers has always been on our ‘really want to do’ list ever since we launched our pattern collection. It stems from our love of Coralie Bickford Smith’s clothbound series for Penguin Books which we’re still gradually adding to our bookshelf in our studio! You may have already noticed, but here at Tuppence Collective we’re also massive film fans and we’ve been itching to come up with a project to combine our passion for film with our goal to design our own series of book covers…and here is the result.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be working on adapting some of our favourite films into a collection of patterned book covers, starting with a sci-fi gem ‘Interstellar’. We love all of Nolan’s work and ideally  we would have chosen a film that included Tom Hardy or Cillian Murphy but as it’s his most recent feature, we decided that ‘Interstellar’ would be best to kick-start our new project.

Keep an eye out on our blog to see which film will make the cut for our next book design.

Interstellar book cover design

interstellar art design pattern

We just watched The Babadook…

The other night we decided to watch a film after a long day of photography. Horror is definitely our least favourite genre (we still won’t forget the night we saw Paranormal Activity because neither of us have had a proper sleep since!). However, after reading an intriguing review in Little White Lies we decided to make an exception for ‘The Babadook’.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen such a well-executed story that has the right balance of suspense and style, but without a doubt our favourite aspect was the cinematography. The colour palette of the film was composed of hues of dusky blues, slate grey and pastel pinks – which sounds like a strange combination for a horror but trust us, it really works! The direction of photography was gracefully symmetrical and considered, which made it beautiful despite the gloomy haze. Not to mention the fact that the premise of the film was centred around an illustrated book by Alex Juhasz, reminiscent of Edward Gorey.

Imagine if Wes Anderson & Stanley Kubrick made a horror film together… that should give an idea of what to expect from The Babadook.

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