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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 September, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 September, 1997, 12:00am

chris doyle Australian-born cinematographer Chris Doyle has been internationally lauded for his work on local films such as Chungking Express, Fallen Angels and more recently Temptress Moon, starring Gong Li and Leslie Cheung. Fluent in Putonghua and Cantonese, Doyle has been nominated at Cannes, the Venice Film Festival and was the first non-Chinese to win a Golden Horse award.


Favourite Book:The Story Of The Eye by Georges Bataille. It profoundly explores sexual taboos and fantasies. It's also short.


Magazine: Colors, published by fashion company Benetton. I think it's rather brilliant to promote an image rather than a specific product. I particularly enjoyed the issue about organ transplants.


Film: My next film. Actually there's no such thing as the best film. It's supposed to be subjective, political, certainly a reflection of contemporary or personal thought. I usually avoid this question.


CD: Anything by Tom Waits. His poetry is always strong. And anything by Faye Wong - she's the diva of our time.


Car: Taxis, because that's all I can afford - my assistants all have Mercedes-Benzes! Anyway, I like red, very Chinese.


Place in Hong Kong to take a guest: My bed. Men or women, I'm very open-minded.


Method of keeping fit (not necessarily sport): Drinking. I'm working up to writing a major thesis on the relationship between beer and cinematography. Drink gives me a direction, it directs me towards the end of the glass! Way to spend a Sunday: I don't have Sundays. If I did, it would be a continuation of Saturday night.


Holiday destination: Somebody else's bed. I think childhood was a big enough holiday for me.


Scent: Stinky (fermented) tofu on the streets of Lan Kwai Fong because it drives people away. I love watching people's reactions to it.


Cosmetic/beauty product: Skin. It's all about sensation, not penetration. It's taken me 30 years to realise this. Women have always known this but men don't.


Accessory: Condoms, for obvious reasons. I think condom flavouring is one of the major innovations of modern society. I recommend French vanilla.


Hairdresser: There's a little barber In the alley near Le Jardin who has my picture plastered all over his walls. He has a mistress in China somewhere who he's always telling me about. He's a terrible barber but with this head of hair, a $24 haircut is about all it's worth.


Meal: I'm too busy drinking to eat.


Restaurant: Petticoat Lane, because it's downstairs from where I live. I've eaten the food there but it must have been by mistake ... I must have been drunk, or something.


Alcoholic drink: Tequila, because it reminds me of mesquline. I drink it as often as I can.


Shop: 7-Eleven, because they sell condoms. My local is like the corner pub in England. We have our resident winos and a matronly barmaid-type.


Artist: Yan Kwong. He's a very good friend and one of the most famous modern artists in Hong. He's very laid-back with rather a remarkable attitude towards life.


Designer: Yohji Yamamoto, because he likes women as much as I do.


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