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CHELSEA FEARNLEY DEPUTY EDITOR Chelsea Fearnley So, at a time for recognising and celebrating the art of Lee Isaac Chung, as well as the cast and crew, we’re discussing linguistics, race and discrimination instead. And, let’s not forget, the rules leading to acknowledgements and snubs for prestigious prizes have consequences that transcend the big screen. That’s especially poignant at a time when Asian Americans face increasing verbal and physical attacks. WELCOME I t’s great to see Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari emerge as a formidable contender at this year’s Oscars. The family drama – in this case, a Korean family – brilliantly reinvents and reinvigorates the classic theme of chasing the American dream. Interviewing the film’s DOP Lachlan Milne, he was still elated with the cast and crew’s Best Foreign Language Film win at the Golden Globes. Now, the production is up for not one, but six gilded statuettes, including Best Picture. That’s important. Minari missed out on Best Picture honours at the Golden Globes in controversial fashion – a rule stating 50% of dialogue must be in English. The decision simply ignored the fact that it’s an American-distributed movie, written and directed by an American man. Born in Colorado, Chung’s own experiences as the child of Korean immigrants formed the basis of the script. Cosmetic changes won’t cut it any more. The Golden Globes needs a major overhaul if it’s going to win back industry trust. A dramatic expansion of the HFPA would be a good start. The Academy did it after it was hit with #OscarsSoWhite criticism in 2016, growing its organisation by 10% since then. That doubled the representation of people of colour and women. In 2021, if you don’t grow and diversify, it’s game over.

EDITORIAL Deputy editor Chelsea Fearnley Content writer Lee Renwick Junior sub editor Jack Nason Contributor Adam Duckworth Editorial director Roger Payne ADVERTISING Group ad manager Sam Scott-Smith 01223 499457 DESIGN Design director Andy Jennings Designer Emma Di’Iuorio Ad production Man-Wai Wong PUBLISHING Managing directors Andy Brogden & Matt Pluck Chief sub editor Alex Bell Sub editor Elisha Young



22 P ROOF THAT GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES We review the new DMG Dash from Rosco. The light kit features the same six-chip

DOP Lachlan Milne describes balancing beauty and authenticity in Minari , an Oscar-nominated, coming-of-age tale.

LED as its big brothers, but is now housed in a more compact form. 25 IS 4K RESTORATION OF HD A SCAM?


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We hear from the audio designers who recorded inside the human body to emulate deafness on punk drama, Sound of Metal .


Exploring the curious 4K mastering of early digital cinema, we compare it with the 4K mastering of film.

The film versus digital debate is tired. We discuss celluloid’s rise in music videos, as well as its creative and practical benefits. 18 M ASTERS OF LIGHT AND COLOUR

That leaves plenty of time to discuss the controversies.


With the sensitivity of digital sensors increasing, being able to control your lens’s light input is crucial. We cover the best ND filters to help achieve it.

COVER IMAGE Minari ©A24 Films 2021

Last, but not least, don’t miss the great new bodies featured in this month’s camera listings.

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