Having read a few online reviews of Show me love on
Monday, I was struck by how many American reviewers commented on how
lousy they thought the lighting in the film was. This wasn’t
something I noticed at all. My reaction tended to be understanding and sympathetic, along the lines of
it with these whingers?, but it is definitely true that
different countries use quite different lighting conventions in at
least their TV programmes. It’s usually pretty easy to place a
programme that you don’t recognise that’s running behind a shop
window, say, just by something about the light.
Superficially, I’d say that American TV seems to generally be quite brightly lit, and that Australian TV is even more so, but I think there’s probably more to it that my perception is aware of, but which I can’t express.