Christopher Doyle

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 April, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 21 April, 2003, 12:00am

Cinematographer Christopher Doyle was born in Australia and speaks fluent Cantonese and Putonghua. He has won critical acclaim for his photography on such films as Happy Together, Chungking Express, In The Mood For Love and, more recently, Hero and Rabbit-Proof Fence. He takes a keen interest in traditional Chinese medicine and the concept of qi or energy. 'When people watch a film they are engaged by the energy, life is about the energy that has occurred,' he says.

Age 51 next month.

Height Shorter than most girlfriends.

Weight I get heavier the older I get (my doctor still can't explain why).

Occupation Dilitantte (Dilettante). So lazy I can't even spell.

Do you work out? When I was younger I could reach those heavier parts ... now I have to stand on my head to get the same effect, which I do as often as possible.

Where? On any bed that will have me.

When? In the mornings.

How many times a week? Whenever I can.

Favourite exercise or regimen? You mean regiment? Unfortunately, I am still a GIT (gay in training).

Diet - are you a healthy eater? Yes. I am basically straight.

Alcohol - do you indulge? I have credit from One-fifth to Soho (the one in London). My 7-Eleven gets consumption discounts from Heineken.

Do you smoke? Only in Amsterdam.

What time is bedtime? When they throw me out ... or when all those kids making all that noise outside the hotdog store finally move on to Home Base. . . speaking of which, you know you are drunk when you eat that junk.

Ever had cosmetic surgery? As far as I know they can't do all the things I need, but if you want to talk about the difference between a transsexual and a katoy, you will have to give me another page.

Favourite sport? Russia vs Estonia women's volleyball (I like it when they jump).

Health tip Vegetarianism - I have been at it for 33 years - does give you more energy. If you drink, you won't eat (beer has almost as much protein as tofu, which has more protein than steak). Finally, don't believe everything men say (especially men like me, and never in a bar).